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Posted February 19
We did win!
Posted February 18
The gauge weir depicted in the header was dismantled in the autumn of 2019....
Posted January 13
Well it definitely wasn't one of mine as it was an eyed hook - I only use spades in smaller sizes and this was a 14/16...
Posted December 15, 2019
Eeek this was from a couple of years ago - corrected a typo and the blog software has pushed it to the top!
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Posted June 19, 2019
Well done JC - nice to see there's at least a couple of us keeping this blog going!!!
Posted March 23, 2019
There was certainly a sudden increase in weights at the turn of the millennium - in the 4 seasons 98/99 - 01/02 I had 22 PBs with my barbel PB going up every year. However I reckon there were many more fish in the river 25 years ago - for example my diary records the opening day of the season 1993 - spent at Brimpton (in the pouring rain!) I had 6 chub and 7 barbel that day yet no fish (of either species) was over 3½lb and despite catching over a 100 chub and barbel that season (mainly from Brimpton and Lower Benyons) my seasons best was 3-06 for chub and 4-02 for barbel! How I wish for those days now! Thankfully the chub still seem to be hanging on in reasonable numbers (and size) though the big perch and barbel of any size have all but disappeared....
Posted March 18, 2019
Hi Jojn - yes - I've got diaries going back to 1971/72 season (when I was 10!) and always fished the Kennet system since then - so have quite a bit of data! For me it all kicked off in 1999/2000! In those 2 years I had my first 6lb + chub, my first 3lb+ perch and first 10lb+ barbel. All of which were big step ups from previous PBs. My Chub pb in particular leapt up from 4-13 to 6-3 in one go in 1999 - having crept up by just 12oz in the previous 11 years. For 15 years from 1979 - 1994 my best barbel was a modest 6lb and when I caught my first double it added 1½lbs to my pb. My perch pb stood at 2-03 (1993) before smashing it with a 3.01 in 1999 - at the time I'd only ever caught 3 perch over 2lb!. A lot of commentators put all this down to the explosion in signal crayfish numbers at around the same time - and who am I to disagree but it does give an explanation as to why there are no pbs before 2001 (my Rudd was the last one!) The 2001-05 period is partly due to access to great waters - the roach and dace were on the same day - from a swim that Martin Bowler fishes (and catches a 1-02 dace!) in Catching the Impossible - alas I no longer have access to this (the old boy that ran the fishery passed away and it was bought out by owners that no longer allow coarse fishing). Similarly the pike was from a water I can no longer fish (in fact that was my last ever visit though I didn't know it at the time!)
Posted January 19, 2018
Well if we get a mild March I just might!
Posted January 18, 2018
Yes - that's one of my plans for next summer! Meant to be a barbel or 2 in there as well!
Posted September 9, 2017
No I was on the other bank - up near the cattle drink....
Posted May 17, 2017
WELL DONE John - nice trio of redfins!
Posted February 27, 2017
Nice one!! Thankfully I nearly had the place to myself - only one other angler in the top field. But I should have spent some time below the road bridge (on that bit you called the wilderness!) A couple of anglers there when I went to have a looky and they'd both had 2lbers out! Ah well, always next season!
Posted February 13, 2017
That chub looks bigger than a 3! Like to make its acquaintance again in a couple or so winters!
Posted December 19, 2016
I've often wondered about that too and whilst this might have been a large sea trout - I have hooked and landed salmon on the Frome and on the Itchen - both circa 5lb and both on trotted maggot!
Posted September 26, 2016
MF tactics - well 'my' MF tactics - pole float, dead depth, tiny pieces of meat. One of the tapes as come away - twas wrapped around a fence post - not sure if it's by design but it does bring more lilies into play at more swims!
Posted August 1, 2016
Would love to have seen a pic. For the record - my 3 vital signs for crucian ID are as follows. 33 scales on the lateral line - can possibly be 32 or 34 but outside of this is a no-no (too few likely to be/have some brown goldfish - too many - carp. Dorsal fin is always concave and the caudal (tail fin) is usually quite paintbrush like (no pronounced V). And absolutely NO barbules!
Posted March 20, 2016
Yup that pretty much sums it up!
Posted March 16, 2016
That twas the only picture I took all day as well - though I#m rather pleased with it - does capture how bright it was !
Conversation with G went OK - he's going to ask the owner but did say various precedents had been set so was hopefully I'd get the answer I'm hoping for! Did also say that everyone on TP struggled - nearly all had packed up by 1500! (we then discussed the benefits of fishing till it got dark - and he let slip where some nice roach have been coming out )
Posted March 12, 2016
Thanks - John, though I'd still rather have had a pike!
Posted March 3, 2016
Hi kenj - I recall Paul talking about you - and you're right about the Embrook - I was always very envious that it ran through his garden - not many anglers can rightfully boast of catching had 1lb+ roach from their own gardens!Paul and I last fished together back in Sep though I know his last trip was about a month after this toward the end of October - he died 6 weeks later.....
Posted March 1, 2016
Posted February 6, 2016
Not so over-ambitious then!!
Posted February 1, 2016
I suspect they'll spend the day holed up there but move downstream to feed!
Posted January 23, 2016
Aye it was stuffed with chub - they were sitting in that crease on the far bank...
Posted January 22, 2016
Blimey - well done!