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  1. I've read that with perch it is a good idea to jig the float up and down occasionally as it can precipitate a bite. I sometimes do it, though can't say I have caught an extra fish because of it. But what about roach? They can like a falling bait, so in theory if you keep lifting the float a foot it means they've got the bait falling through the last vital foot over and over. But is there a risk it will scare them? Any views?
  2. Do you use hooks to nylon? I find it works well because it means there is usually a finer and weaker bit of line near the hook, so if there is a break you don't lose yards of line. But how do you get round this problem? In shop bought hooks to nylon, the bigger the hook the stronger the line. So if you are using a size 10 or 12 for fishing for roach with breadflake it means the line strength will be about 6-8lbs bs, whereas 2-3lbs would be better. I used to tie a length of pre-stretched (Ie extra fine for it's strength) 3lbs line to the main line and then tie on a ringed hook, but nowaday
  3. It's acknowledged, I think, that some species are attracted to food mainly by smell - carp, bream, tench. And others mainly by sight - pike and perch - though deadbaiters will say, rightly, that smell can be important, too. But what about roach? Surely this will influence the choice of groundbait. And there seem to be 2 views. The manufacturers of roach specific ground bait clearly believe smell is very important. One that I use has a strong chocolate smell. But others (most?) advocate liquidised bread, which, though it will have some smell, it is nowhere near as strong as the specific groundb
  4. I'm in range of the Newbury waters, I guess - about the same as Rusty. But after 20 great years fishing the Kennet I decided I should learn something different. For the first 4 years here, as well as the Thames, there was a really good lake, Ladygrove. As well as easy carp there were quality roach, better I think than anywhere in Newbury, and the tail end of a big perch boom. But then there was a bad fish kill and though they have restocked a bit it's nothing like it was. Still, I've joined Wantage club now. Nothing enormous, but nice fishing with lots of small crucians as well as carp, bream
  5. I've just realised it's been more than a year since I posted, so I thought I'd do an update to let the world and the computer system know that I am still around! What fishing happened in 2020? For me very little. I can't remember what the problem was in winter 2019/20. I think it was the time I had tennis elbow! Then in the spring and summer we had Covid and restrictions on fishing and tackle shops coupled with a house move - not far, still Didcot area. In the autumn I did at least wet a line a few times. I have joined a new angling club, Wantage and Grove, and checked out their lak
  6. In theory my blog is still in action, though I was shocked to see I haven't submitted any entries for over a year. A mixture of reasons. House move (though still in Didcot area), Covid and tackle shop closed, health. Bad back means I need to fish very near the car, and cataract means I can't do trotting and limits driving at night - though hopefully cataract will be fixed soon. Also the Thames doesn't seem to be such an all seasons river as the Kennet, being very hard to fish when up and coloured. Perhaps I should say it's a learning curve! Despite all this I do intend to start bloggin
  7. Congratulations, Chris, particularly on the 3.10! I've heard some negative reports on the Kennet over the last 2 or 3 years, so good to hear it's not all bad. I also thought the conditions were OK, here at Didcot. The Thames was up and coloured, but I thought I might do OK in a lock cut, the only one around where you don't need a lock and weir permit, which are not available this year. Alas, the hard-standing that I fish from was underwater!
  8. As I understand it, in summer the fish are spread throughout much of the river, but in winter they shoal up and there can be long stretches without any fish. So location is key. I think I know what to do for a fish like chub - I imagine it's a case of doing the leg work trying different chubby haunts till you strike lucky. But what about a shoal fish like roach? Is it again a case of test and see? But do they even stick to one place, or does the shoal move around?
  9. Does anyone use thermal underwear for fishing on cold days? I once read in a book that you shouldn't wash thermal underwear as it will lose the thermal qualities. But there comes a time ........... What do you do?
  10. Thanks Tigger, I've made a note of both your and BB's comments for the summer - something to look forward to! I believe the approach you use with carp with a running ledger on the bottom and the bread coming up vertically is called a 'zig rig'. I tried it once and found it hard to get the line flowing freely enough through the ledger ring, but will try it again. A question re puddle chucker floats. I must get some. But are you saying that a float comes with different weights? Surely, only one weight will give the right setting in the water unless the extra weights have their own atta
  11. Thanks BB. Very helpful. Just one small question. For the rudd, why do you use a semi-loaded waggler rather than a fully loaded as you have no other weight on the line?
  12. Thanks everyone. I'm starting to get enthused! But how do you get the bait out to them, do you use a bubble float? And Tigger, how do you tell with casters whether it's yours they have taken? I sometimes find it hard to see clearly even with dog biscuits (carp fishing). Has anyone any experience of doing it in cold weather? I'm assuming I'll have to wait till the summer, Peter Stone's book notwithstanding.
  13. My understanding is that it is the Signals which carry a (bacterium I think) which doesn't hurt them but does so to our native crays. So from what you say it probably has the same effect on the Turkish ones.
  14. When I lived in Surrey there was a small stream that ran nearby that was full of modest sized chub, around 1.5lbs. If I chucked a few dog biscuits in the effect was immediate, there would be plops and bangs up and down the stream as the chub took them off the surface. Though they weren't easy to catch as they would often be lying in the midst of an overhanging bush. But when I've done the same thing on the Kennet or Thames there's been no immediate response, and I haven't persevered. But in a recent thread BoldBear mentions some of his better chub being caught on floating crust, either po
  15. Wow, some amazing fish. Special congratulations to Steve and Tigger for catching an 'eight'! BoldBear, you mention Signal and Turkish crayfish. Signals were abundant and a pain when I fished the Kennet. I'm not sure if you're saying they are not so frequent now? I can't remember catching any since I've been on the Thames.. But what about the Turkish ones? This is the first I have heard of them. Are they a troublesome beast?
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