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  1. Ah, avoid the cold:sunshine combo. Another nugget to put on my spreadsheet of Plumbisms!
  2. Well played, Chris. I'm just back from a blank (not a touch) this afternoon at Avington. Shame about that perch. I presume you go wading at Hambridge. Must be chilly around the ankles.
  3. Yes, that breeze was a little penetrating. I braved Speen Moors and lost a chub (I guess) legering cheesepaste, before my hands felt warm enough to set up for my first attempt trotting with a centrepin. This went particularly well, I endured relatively few tangles and found casting and float control much easier than with a nasty fixed-spool. This said, I again had no bites at all, which I put down to shyness brought on by the cold and that wind, though seeing your post makes me think it was more my personal ineptitude. To avoid a blank, I stopped off close to home at Greenham Mill for and hour
  4. Hi Richard - I've just seen your comments several days on. Thank you so much for your detailed and much appreciated recommendations. Love the comment about leaving the fixed-spool at home - having blanked again last Saturday thought of leaving the whole kit and caboodle at home next time.! It was an inspiration and an annoyance to bump into Chris on the bank and loiter in the undergrowth behind him. He made it look so easy, and having returned to my own swims and not have a bite all morning, made me realise that I needed to up my game/tackle. Chris' willingness to put up with my banal qu
  5. That's good advice. Thank you. I've been looking at on-line reviews and prices all afternoon and have the brain capacity and facial expression of a bleak
  6. Yes, bless those perch. My biggest this year (either side of 2lb from Avington) came on prawn, which I have not tried at Enbourne yet. Hmm, note to self there. If I get a 15ft rod, I'd be pretty much able to drop one on their heads! I've seen chaps using a pole to get right in among the reeds, but somehow pole fishing doesn't appeal to me. I think I'm too clumsy for starters.
  7. Ah, Chris - don't be embarrassed - we've all got our hooks caught in the trees before! Smirk! Thank you for your supportive words: but knowing you, your solitary gudgeon came in at 3lbs! I am not disheartened, honest, and do remember when in my first angling life back on the River Mole in the 90's, I did seem to get 'luckier' the more time I'd banked on the banks. I need to start thinking like a fish again rather than just looking like one. Thanks for the Harrison link - they look beautiful. I was having a look last night at 15 footers and found Cadence rods - who seem to be at leas
  8. Chris, I am delighted to see that we do have something in common after all: we share the same model of weighing scales. This said, I agree with your 'last knockings' perch findings, and have enjoyed some good last hours on worm/maggot fishing as close to those reeds as I can get. The only fish I've caught at Enbourne of more than a pound have all been pike, so very impressed (as usual) with your two two-ponders.
  9. Changing swims at the very same Speen Moors this morning, I stumbled across my fishing guru, Chris, extracting his line from the branches of a tree, a most ungodlike position I have often found myself in. All retrieved, he regaled me with details of his catch for the morning thus far, pretty impressive considering I'd not even had a bite. He was kind enough to answer all my questions about tactics and methods and allowed me to watch his next few casts, which resulted in 2 of the smaller fish mentioned. but confirmed what I was doing wasn't that wrong, but there were some subtle tweaks I could
  10. I had a go at a can of sweetcorn with red food dye the other week - but only managed to turn it pink!
  11. Well played, Chris. A fine return. Trout for tea again? I presume you are maggoting for these. I drew a blank (not even a bite) in a pinched few hours at Bellwood on Friday - I should listen to your 'no lakes after October' rule, but with the air pressure really low I thought I might at least get a bite. Funny enough, fish were moving in the margins and some healthy bubbling, but would not be cajoled. I took a few mackerel strips to Enbourne yesterday afternoon for a 9lb pike and one another which I felt was a good return. Not fished Speen Moors yet - might buy some maggies and have a crack ne
  12. At least I spared you my Roachford and Chubby Checker routines!
  13. Ah, those were the dace my friend, they'd make your rod tip bend. Sorry about that. Just channelling my inner Mary Hopkin.
  14. So there I was, on the canal bank at Enbourne having pinched a Friday afternoon from work. I'd caught nothing, the canal seemingly in the 'off' position when along the bank walked another angler. I immediately recognised his face from this blog, the fabled Chris Plumb. I introduced myself as one of his blog stalkers, perpetually in awe of every catch in the same venues I just scratch in. As he told me of that morning's chub, for the first time some fish movement appeared in my swim, and as he left and walked west to complete his 18-perch haul, I had 3 roach in as many casts before all went qui
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