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The river was dropping off yesterday after some recent downpours so I decided to go and christen a new reel i'd recently got hold of (a kingpin Zeppelin). The reel's larger than what I normally use being 4 3/4 inch across the drum as opposed to 4 or 4 1/2inches. The reel also has a high line lay which proved to be great for quicker line retrieval on those long trotts down the river.

Anyhow I caught a few chunky dace, a nice trout and several decent chub but only one barbel. I haven't done as much fishing so far this year but on my outings i've noticed the barbel just don't seem to be as interested in a moving bait as they have in previous years no matter how I present it to them. The fish are still there and if it was simply a case of catching them a leger would get me connected to lots of them but I just like watching the float toddle off down stream and then dive under :).

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The forum seems pretty void of any fishing reports lately so i'll post mine from yesterday. As predicted the weather was on the warm side but the river was calling so I decided to go and sail the f

Damn site more than i caught ,i popped down the river for a couple of hours ,just as i leant forward to drop the float in the bank slid and down i went. The rivers not deep just waist deep in the

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Love the look of that pin. Haven't used my pin for a while now. Have just been taking it easy sat behind a ledger for the most part. Nice to be back by the bank though thats for sure.

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Love the look of that pin. Haven't used my pin for a while now. Have just been taking it easy sat behind a ledger for the most part. Nice to be back by the bank though thats for sure.

 

 

Thanks Rick, I got the 4inch version a while ago and liked it so I finished up getting it's bigger brother and I like it even more. Because it brings back your end tackle so much quicker it makes long trotting more pleasurable. It's great to wally cast also :).

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The weather was quite hot today but just nice when standing mid river with the water cooling my legs down. There was a quite strong down stream wind for the first hour or so that made controlling the path of the float a little awkward and kept blowing the line round the reel foot...I knew I should have taken a reel with a line guard!

Although the wind was a bit of a nuisance today was my best days fishing of the season so far, the barbel where in the mood for a trotted bait for a change and I caught 14, probably twice that number of chub and four trout. It was good to land every fish I hooked :).

 

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I had a session later in the afternoon on Thursday, lower down stream than where I normally fish. The river was low and wasn't flowing very fast but there be fish beneath the surface smile.gif.
I had a nice dace after a couple of trotts through and just as I was about to swing it to hand a fresh water shark chomped it...made me jump to such an extent I nearly fell in the freakin' river eek.gif. After that I had to be careful that esox didn't snaffle anymore. Throughout the session I had a few very nice dace, one decent fat perch and a couple of strange looking hybrids that look like chub x dace hybrids although i've been informed that they're Ide, what do you reckon....

 

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I had a few half decent chub also...

 

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I used a 12ft drennan acolyte carp waggler and it's pretty much bang on for trotting and weighs very little!

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Looks very much like an Ide to me especially after what Mark Wintle said on the other forum about the lateral line count:

 

mid 40s = roach x chub - 55+ = ide.

Chub x bleak are very rare but likely to be relatively small ie under 6oz.

Mark might expand a little on here like he did on the other forum as he's very knowledgable on the subject.

 

A great report as usual tigger

 

Keith

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Thank's Keith :).

 

I'm glad someone else spotted the fact that they're Ide (it hadn't even crossed my mind) as I thought I was catching loads of mutants lol. I've been catching them all season and sometimes quite a few in a session.

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My brother had a belting Ide the other week Ian. We didn't know what it was until I did some investigating some time later. He wishes he had taken a pic now as it was a monster. Easily 4lbs.

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My brother had a belting Ide the other week Ian. We didn't know what it was until I did some investigating some time later. He wishes he had taken a pic now as it was a monster. Easily 4lbs.

 

 

Makes you wonder where they've suddenly appeared from?

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Perhaps they have been playing ide and seek :clap2:

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