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A few hours out yesterday.....

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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 :).

Here's a couple of pic's for anyone interested...

 

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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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