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River Cat-Fishing

Today’s blog is split into a two parts, last weekend and this weekend of Fishing my little spot on my local River. With the milder weather here and spring now fully on the horizon, I was hopeful for a few Fish!

Swim, with an un-friendly cat crossing!

I had been upstream ledgering this spot previously, however, due to missed bites I decided to sit right tight next to the fence and tree in hope for some better bites and a better chance at connecting to the Chub lying in wait under the tree. Using a light 4g weight and Cheese Paste on a size 10 hook. Hoping a nice smelly bait would get the Fish to turn around. There was some worry due to Fishing so close to the feature with the sun behind me it may spook or put any Fish off, so I tried to sit as far back as possible. It was tough going at first with no sign of a tap for a while, so I decided to take a walk to another likely looking swim while letting this swim rest, with the plan of coming back and upstream ledgering.

Again sticking with the Cheese Paste in this swim I soon noticed a few small taps Fishing close to the fallen tree here, on previous days, a cast to this spot Fishing tight always seems to end up with myself squirrel fishing and up a tree! However luckily a nice smooth swing and it was perfectly in place, and clearly had something having a sniff. The tap’s developed into a quick bite, and a quick miss, looking back, quite possibly just a line bite. I tried again but to no more touches, the Fish must have been spooked!

I headed back to the original spot, swapping for a 10g weight to be able to tighten too and upstream ledger, carefully placing my bait in my spot and letting line off as I walked back to my spot to sit out the way. I opted to change and stick a lob tail on, I find in milder conditions lob worm can be even more deadly. Almost instantly the tip was waggling around, clearly something had grabbed the worm quickly, I struck quickly, feeling a Fish on the end, the Fish quickly darted towards the snag and under the tree, however in my attempts to steer him clear, he spat the hook!

A Blank!

Moving onto this weekends session and back on the River, an incredibly bright and sunny day, with the River still flowing through cold as ice, I wasn’t too confident, I opted to upstream ledger from the start, mixing from Cheese Paste and Lob worm, in hope being away would give me the best chance for a bite. However the River is now quite low compared to previous sessions. Still with some depth under the tree, I held hope in there surely was still some Chub under there! However this soon came to be, if the Chub were still under this tree, they were not interested in what I was offering for them! Not even a tap! All I had for company was a friendlier cat than before!

Despite the blanks, still lovely to get out, and watch the world go by, the Wrens hustling around the remaining growth and twigs in the side of the banks, the busy robins going about their business. And of course, the several cats stalking the other side of the River, hunting those birds.

It can be quite entertaining to watch the cats cross over the fallen tree to the other side, waiting for the day one falls in, and I will properly be…cat fishing!

Tight Lines all…

My Quiver Rod: Darent Valley 8ft Specialist

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Advanta Discovery RVS Rod River Ambush 5.5ft – Review

After attempting to fish today in the -3c weather, with my rod tip freezing, made placing a bait very difficult, along with the freezing wind chill, I didn’t last very long. So today, I decided to have a look at the Advanta River Ambush rod, at 5.5ft its a tiny rod capable of getting in those overgrown swims in the summer, and it’s a rod I have had since the start of the River season, so I have had some use out of it, and the big question is, is it any good?

The first thing to note, this is an Angling Direct own product, and is priced at £24.99, making it a cheap option. For those just wanting a small rod to use occasionally for those specific swims and venues. It has a 1.5lb test curve, which for most of my Fishing, is stronger than I would usually use and is a two piece rod.

The first thing adapting to with this rod, is casting with such a small rod, and it really does change casting, however a few chucks and you are quickly adapted to it. I found this rod great in the summer, with the overgrowth, getting into tight swims, and catching small Chub of up to 1lb. It had more than enough power to bully them out, and the Fish weren’t bite sensitive at all, so kept trying to drag the rod in. It was great fun to use it catching these Fish.

However, I did also take this rod with me to a weir pool, catching Perch of around half a pound and other small Roach too, later in the season, and I found the rod was just to heavy, I think the strength of the tip made a lot of the Perch spit the hook and worm out.

I have also took this rod to my club lakes to give it a power test, dealing with Carp of up to 6/7lb, and they have some Barbel tight in the margins to see if the Rod was up to the challenge of bullying them out.

The rod dealt with this quite well, and did manage to land one of the Barbel (I know Barbel shouldn’t be in lakes too). Even had a nice bonus Tench.

Overall, the rod has got the power behind it, which I think can hinder it in certain situations, especially going after the smaller species when they aren’t just properly having it. It would be a great rod for a lump of cheese paste or meat, waiting in a swim you know will provide a good fish, the rod will be able to deal with handling them. I would also say this would be a nice rod for a kid looking to get into River Fishing, a nice small size, doesn’t break the bank and will definitely have a few Fish caught on it, but has the power to deal with bigger Fish too. It would be a nice addition and at the price not too noticeable, however I would not solely rely on this Rod on Rivers.

Link to the Rod:

https://www.anglingdirect.co.uk/advanta-discovery-rvs-rod-river-ambush

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River Cheese Paste Fishing

Luckily, the rain held off enough for my local beat of the Crouch to be fishable this weekend! My Partner decided to come with me, and spent the time sitting in the car behind me reading a book, so I had a keen audience watching! I decided just to fish the one spot for a few hours in the morning. Just to stay in sight of her and a bit of laziness as well!

The swim as above, is a lovely fallen tree, which does seem to hold a good number of Chub under. The only issue with the swim, is the flow going from left to right, so ideally I’d be the other side of the tree fishing towards, however, I carefully drop my rig in as close to the tree trunk as I can get. I was using a 4g weight, as it’s a lovely slack spot guarded by the tree, I was using a short 6′ hook lenth (So I can stay close to the tree and weight, in hope of a better bite indication) and a size 16 (I know, I need bigger hooks for cheese paste! Have some on order!). The bite I was expecting fishing this way, is the tip to pull round and then go slack as the weight comes back, of course this depends on how the Fish will swim, but I expect drop bites to be the main bite.

I had a few lobs with me, but this time I also brought some cheese paste, it’s only one of a few times I have fished with cheese paste, however, my family weirdly aren’t too fond of cooking and making cheese paste, so I looked online, and found the Hook Bait Company, who make a range of river fishing baits that look really good, decided to get a pot of the original cheesy ready made cheese paste pot, not a bank breaker and definitely has the smell factor! Worth a look! The Cheese paste was nice and soft and was easily moulded onto the hook.

The first chuck looked promising, with instant little hits and taps on the tip, with then a ring of the phone, my partner calling from the car, as I turn to look, of course the tip goes round and then slack, being on the phone, I catch this late and miss the bite! Frustration instantly! However was nice to see a bite come that quickly, and filled me with some hope of catching a fish today. However, the frustration continued with another missed bite after this, with the tip going round, and the lift into nothing, possibly an issue with how I hooked the cheese paste, and not having a big enough hook!

I wasn’t going to miss another bite, as I hooked into a fish finally! And managed to navigate the fish away from the tree trunk into safety, or what I thought, as the Fish came off! Gutting, have I fluffed my chance?

After this commotion in the swim, I fed a few small balls of the cheese paste and just left it a bit to rest, I eventually went back in, again with a lump of paste on the hook, this time a bit smaller and made sure the hook point was showing. It wasn’t long before I had a few taps on the tip, and then a big drop of the tip, I instantly struck and had a Fish on again! This one needed less convincing to come out away from the tree, and I was able to play it in the open water, getting his head up quickly, soon saw it was a Chub. Nothing huge, but a nice Fish nevertheless, a chunky Chub, definetly been filling up, probably on all the cheese paste it stole from me today! The net was soon under it, and the Fish on the bank.

Not breaking any records with it, but happy to have caught today after missing a few chances, which hopefully with a bigger hook would maybe not have happened! One of those days I could’ve ended up with maybe 5 Chub if I hit all the bites, however its how those things go, after this fish, I thought it was a good time to end it, and headed home.

Thanks for reading & Tight lines!

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Roving the local River

As a lot of my regular readers will know, the Rivers I fish most often are the Wid, Chelmer and Roding. However with the new government guidelines on Angling and fishing local within your district it sadly means I can’t fish any of these venues. Staying within my district only allows me one River, the Crouch. This is a river which has sadly been plagued with issues having multiple spurts of pollution damage and kill a lot of Fish. Here are just a few stories of the issues with Pollution in the River.

https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/dog-owners-warned-avoid-unsafe-4474624

https://www.basildonstandard.co.uk/news/18473507.paint-dumped-river-crouch-sparking-wildlife-safety-fears/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-10738876

The fire being bad was only in 2020, however being my local River, I do try and keep an eye on it, and want to see it producing Fish, and mainly want to know where it produces Fish. A few weekends ago at the start of the new lockdown I took a walk along a stretch of this River, most of the river is quick and shallow, however I did manage to find a few deep holes, and bump into a guy with his son who regularly fish this stretch of the river and to good value too, catching plenty of Chub, Perch and Roach from it, lovely to see young anglers coming in with the joy of catching fish from these small rivers we have.

Onto today, I managed to convince my Dad to tag along too, during a cold frosty morning, although he wasn’t too happy about it, and we were both sceptical of catching. We had similar setups opting to use a light link ledger with 3g bombs, however while my Dad went for a bread flake approach, I opted to use worms, I had a mix of Lobs and Dendras. We only had a quick 4 hour session, and there wasn’t too many swims to Fish so we gave each swim a good chance to produce.

The first swim looked great, a nice over hanging tree and small raft, however nothing was tempted by a bit of dendra, while moving to the next swim, I opted to switch up for a lob tail, this swim looked even better, and in my previous walk, this was where I was more confident of possibly catching from.

The second spot, a lovely over hang and raft

In this swim after a small wait, it wasn’t long before I had a knock, which eventually developed into a quick pull round and bite, the feeling of striking into a bite is one every angler loves, however feeling nothing on the end gives instant disappointment, and can leave you wondering, was I too slow, too quick? I find you often remember the bites you miss a lot more than those you hit.

The morning kept going and it looked as if we both may blank, we had two spots left to look at, under low and wide concrete bridge, looking as if it had some depth under, and in-fact, I had spotted a Roach under this bridge in the summer and the last swim, a fallen tree at the end of the stretch cut off by a fence, if only the fence was a bit further down as the raft before the tree looks incredible and you’d bet for Chub to be there. The bridge provided no further luck, despite my Dad missing a bite there earlier on.

The Final swim, you can spot the Raft just before the fallen tree, if only for the fence!

On this swim, I went for a nice fresh piece of lob tail, and dropped it within millimetres of the fallen tree trunk. Hoping a Chub or anything would maybe be hiding. The tip stayed still for a good 10 minutes, until a small tap, went to an instant pull round, and quickly lifting in, I was hooked into a Fish. It felt a good Fish and went straight for the snags in the undercut bank, however I managed to power it out, and soon saw it was a good Chub, bullying it up, my Dad swiftly netted it. The River I had overlooked for so long, and with a few failed attempts on different stretches finally paid dividends with a lovely Chub of just over a 1lb.

A bit of the skinny side for a Chub of its length, it was still a lovely Fish, and a first from this very troubled River for me, and maybe there will be more to come, it just goes to show, those little Rivers you may think nothing off, can hold some good Fish. And maybe a few bigger than this Chub hide under the same tree?

Until next time, tight lines!

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History of Bait – Sweetcorn

Hopefully starting a little mini series talking about the history of some Fishing baits, with positive responses I will continue the idea and do some other baits, of course if you are interested in a bait, let me know and I will research it for you. But today, we look at Sweetcorn, a bait to catch most coarse species, from Carp to Roach, Bream and Tench! It truly is a great allround bait, which stands out on the bottom of a Lake or River! It’s a top bait most anglers today are aware of and probably use, and getting hold of it today is easy, whether its your local tackle shop or a supermarket, getting a tin of sweetcorn couldn’t be easier.

Sweetcorn originates from North America, and people believe it was brought to the UK sometime in the 15th century possibly by Christopher Columbus. With it being in the country for so long, many angling authors in the 20s-50s didn’t mention it in their list of baits, however in the 70’s Fred J Taylor noted how it was good for Tench Fishing. So it more than likely gained popularity after this.

Since then Sweetcorn has very much so been commerialised in angling, from starting off Anglers just buying a humble tin of green giant (other brands are available), to now tackle companies making all sorts of tinned flavours of corn and even fake corn!

I personally normally opt for normal corn from a supermarket, however this is more of my preference as I find it cheaper as well. Corn does provide you with different options on how to present, whether you wish to hair-rig or directly hook the corn.

However, if you don’t fancy buying tins of corn, you can always buy plastic corn?!? This can offer anglers different styles of presentation with slow sinking variants, or pop up variants all created, even in different colours too.

It’s amazing to see how Corn has took the world of fishing, and is a staple no matter what species you target, they all will love Corn, however I believe Corn will always be tied closest to a warm summers day Tench Fishing, the two seem to go hand in hand, I guess if what we believe was right, Tench fishing made sweetcorn a very popular bait today!

Personally, I have caught everything on corn, Including my PB Bream of 7lb, and some good Roach in the past as well. If I’m on a still water, corn is a must have bait for me!

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River Roving

Well, writing this now since entering lockdown and sadly this stretch of River is out of my district so I have to halt my exploration and learning of this not so new stretch of river to me. I have just re-joined BDAC, having not been a member since I was a kid, and have fond memories of one River in particular, the Wid. It’s where I caught my current PB Chub of 2,5lbs, and it’s a lovely stretch of River with a good amount of Chub when you get it right. In my recent blogs I have fished a different stretch of the Wid, upstream of this stretch and shallower and less prolific. This new stretch, having changed a lot in the landscape, new trees and old trees gone, offers a new challenge in finding the Fish. But has many likely looking spots, including a lovely weir. Today’s session (Before Lockdown), was more exploring, and finding likely areas, and hopefully nabbing one or two fish, but I wanted to try and document swims and take notes on what I could see in hope it helped me learn the River and its secrets quicker.

The method today was simple, fishing light with blitzed bread and just a few slices for hookbait, using a small cage feeder. Although looking back, I wonder if maybe feeding put off the better Fish, however you live and learn! I didn’t spend a huge amount of time fishing, spent a lot more walking the some of the stretch, looking, watching and taking some photos on the very likely looking swims!

The weir looked great, although provided no fish today, I knew the far back in the slack it deepened off, surely a likely holding place of some Chub. This stretch offered some quick runs, maybe good for Dace, and some other fantastic trotting runs which must be good for some Chublets. The aim for my next session was to do some trotting with maggot in some of these swims, however that is sadly cancelled now due to travelling limits. Something to look forward to!

I remember losing a good Fish under the bridge as a kid, as it tore off downstream, so remember it as a place to hold good Chub, however a few soft taps but no developing bite, possible pecking at the feed and not fancying the flake? Maybe just small Roach and minnows and the Chub not up to it today?

Upstream of the bridge offered a few interesting swims too, one of which had a big overhanging tree, holding a good number of Chublets, but something to try next time as I didn’t dip into the swim this time.

I did manage one Fish from this session, from what I thought was the best looking swim, a lovely overhang and a good run, sure to hold some Chub.

I did miss a bite here, so was sure to drop in on my way back down in hope of another, and I wasn’t disappointed, as soon as I set the Rod on the rest, the tip went round, but surprisingly not to what I expected of a Chub, but to a small Roach. On what seemed a tough day, I was happy to take this from a cold morning on the River, and had learnt maybe a few better spots to try.

Hopefully future visits will give me more rewards as I continue to learn this new yet old stretch of River to me, and hopefully some nice Chub will come soon too. Overall not a bad way to spend the first Saturday in January. And now with the new lockdown, I look for venues closer to try, in hope of a few Fish!

Tight lines all!

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Tackle Box Darent Valley 8ft Quiver Review

I have had this Rod for a little while now, and used it in a few different situations and venues, so have been building this Review for a while, one of the reasons it has took so long, as I really wanted to really give it a test. And I have to admit, I am very impressed, so much so, this Rod has dethroned by trusty Garbalino Rocket Picker as my main tip rod.

On un-boxing of the Rod, I was instantly impressed with the firm build quality. The rod comes with two tips, a lovely and soft 1oz tip, and another tip of 1.5oz, however the rings on this tip set it up for float fishing or even lure fishing with dropshots! However you can still use this as a quiver, for those areas you think you may have some bigger fish about! It comes in a nice rod bag too, nothing fancy but a nice initial bag to keep it in.

The first use of this Rod, was a very memorable day for myself. I started the day playing around with the heavier, float fishing tip, doing some waggler Fishing on a slow River/Canal. I was after the Roach held in this stretch, and was flicking in maggot and mashed bread with maggot and bread flake as hookbait. The Rod was lovely to play those small few oz Roach on and kept it a very fun day.

I decided to swap to the softer tip and fish a small bomb and bread flake, to see what Fish where mopping up the feed on the bottom. In 10 minutes, I had two great bites, strong indications on the tip, and set myself two new Roach PB’s, with a first of around 1lb, and then a warrior of 2lb!

The Rod dealt with both Fish great, and was just right, not over gunned, but still powerful enough to be confident playing bigger fish, while making these Fish put a nice bend in the Rod.

I next tested this Rod on small commercial size Carp averaging around 3-5lb. This was chucking out a method feeder of 20g filled with micros and watching the tip smash round. The small rod done well for itself to chuck this feeder out, and was very impressive how such a small soft rod dealt with this.

On the day, I managed 8 Carp of all around that type of size, and was great fun on the Rod with the softer tip, leaving me confident this Rod could deal with whatever is thrown its way.

What I leave you with is this, it’s a small soft Rod, however it packs a punch for it’s size, well built and strong, can survive a dog attempting to vault over it, and passer-by’s distracted by your catch and accidently tread on it! (Sadly, not tests I wanted to do, however the Rod was fine each time!), this Rod is priced at £46.99 currently on the Tackle Box, and for this price, it’s an absolute gem. A super rod which performs amazingly and it comes with their lifetime warranty, and their support is second to none! If you are in the market for a quiver, this Rod is a must.

Tackle Box Darent Valley 8ft Quiver:

https://www.tacklebox.co.uk/rods-en/specialist/specialist-rods/tackle-box-darent-valley-8ft-specialist-quiver-rod.html

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Winter Method Feeder for Carp

I headed out on a bit of a wet Decembers morning for some method feeder carp fishing at a commercial type lake. Stocked full of small Carp around 5lb. To make things a bit interesting fellow blogger Joe decided to come along and we thought we would make a bit of a competition out of it, to see who can catch the most Fish, was simple, 1 point for each Carp caught. And was only Fishing between about 9:30am-2pm. I did also opt to use the Tackle Box Darrent Valley 8ft Quiver, I have used this for Roach fishing on Rivers, so was interested to see how it would fair up against Carp.

I don’t change around my method feeder fishing between winter and summer too much, it’s mainly a bit of scaling down. My method mix today was some sonubaits sticki method feeder pellets mixed with special G groundbait.

The mix I was using was about 70/30 towards the pellets, to give them a bit of a dusting and help them stick together. A lot of people will probably at this point be saying to me “Why are you using pellets in winter and not groundbait?”, my answer to that is, I believe pellets can be used all year round, I know people lean towards groundbait as it’s less filling for the Fish. However using the small micro pellets, is essentially a groundbait, however with the size of the pellets, they have a good chance of finding their way under rocks and leaves etc and can break down and release more scent into the water, I also believe this encourages the Carp to rummage around more searching for the micros and with some tight casting to the same spot, they should find your hook bait, which in winter, is good to use something to stand out from the feed you are using. I think Corn is perfect for this. Pellets being heavier than groundbait, also ensure a tighter feed area, to keep the Fish more concentrated and over your bed of feed.

Baits for the day

I normally opt for a banjo feeder when method feeder fishing, I just think it keeps the bait tidy, and serves your hookbait and feed on the top, like a dinner plate for the Fish! Going back to my newlands hall session I used a larger more new style banjo feeder from Preston. However today I was using one of my old smaller lighter ones I had, still being winter, I don’t want to over feed the fish and have them back off, so as small as I can go, and instead of in the summer recasting every 2-3 minutes, I am waiting more so 10-15 minutes, depending on the day really.

The small banjo with corn presented on the top!

I was casting just to the end of the spit in front of me, however was casting a bit away to make sure I was in slightly deeper water, in the summer, I would probably be casting a bit closer. The first few casts only led to a few little knocks on the tip, but no bites. Was confident I had a few Fish in the area, seeing a few Carp swim over my feed, I knew it was a matter of time, hopefully anyway in the cold conditions! After maybe 30 minutes ish, and a few chucks, the tip smashed round, clearly the Carp still had some summer fight on them, with a great aggressive bite, and a good little fight. But it was great to be off the mark with a small mirror.

This Fish did then create a bit of a flurry as I had 2 more quick bites after this, landing both Fish, all bites again very positive, the type of bite you love, watching the tip fly round. I did have then quite a big quiet spell, but eventually had another run of a few Carp. I did also have a surprise skimmer in the middle of the Carp.

Surprisingly, the biggest Fish of the day for me, one of the commons maybe around 5lb. Produced the most timid bite of the day, I imagined it was another skimmer of bream, however when I struck into it, It soon went off on a charge, however the Rod dealt with it fantastically.

The day soon came to an end, I managed to rack up 8 Carp in the session, and Joe only managed 3, catching them mostly in the second half of the session after struggling to find them. So a nice win and boost for myself knowing I had beat Joe!

Hope you guys enjoyed the read, I’d love to know how you approach winter Fishing for Carp, do you stay on the method? Do you use pellets or groundbait?

Tight Lines all!

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Birthday Piking

Well, in my previous blog, you will know I was out Piking earlier this week on Monday. I had fellow bloggers and good friends Tom and Andrew with me, in hope we could team up for a few Pike!

Socially Distanced photo of myself and Andrew

I did ask for some Pike related presents for my birthday, including some Pike Gloves (Always good to protect your fingers when handling pike!), some new suffix neon green braid and various tools to help unhook the Fish, so with a bit of luck, I could put all of these to the test!

I started on a bit of a colourful Roach lure in hope the Pike would see this better in the slightly cloudy water. However, I was clearly a bit rusty and maybe too relaxed from my birthday celebrations (Few Beers and a big roast!) and lost some concentration, as most of the day I spent decorating the far bank with various lures (Including one of Tom’s spinners…sorry Tom!). However, we all have those days!

Tom was the first of us to catch, managing a small Jack on a spinner.

Was chuffed for Tom to be off the mark, and it left us all hopeful of a few more bites, after a long muddy walk however, and some more lost lures, it didn’t prove to be! And between the 3 of us, this was the only Pike we could manage.

However despite the blank, and Tom rubbing it in, it was a nice day and catch up with a few good mates, and I’m sure next time I’ll be able to manage one!

Bit of a smaller blog than usual, however on Saturday, I head to a bit of a commercial lake to take on Joe in a small match with nothing but pride on the line. Place your bets!

Tight Lines!

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Murky River Fishing

Well, with my Birthday on Sunday, I booked a few days off for Fishing around it, Friday, I planned on trying some trotting with maggot on the centerpin, Saturday as usual, I fancied heading to my Roach spot and try for a few roach on a cage feeder with bread, and on Monday I have a piking session with Tom & Andrew my fellow bloggers.

We will start with Friday, as some of my regular readers will know, I am learning the centerpin and have spoke about it in recent blogs, I haven’t yet been on a fast enough river to actually trot properly, and thought Friday could be fun to try this. Since making that plan, and maybe in ignorance on sticking with it, I headed out to a bit high, but very muddy and murky River, a bit further upstream to my Roach spot in some parks, to give that stretch a try.

I was using a drennan stick float of 1.2g and had to big number 4’s, one under the float and one above the hook length, with 6’s in the middle.

Feeding some maggot, and then swinging my float in and hoping the current and River would take it downstream…which it did! At first getting used to feeding the line right to keep a good connection with the float, but not holding it back unnaturally was tough, but I feel I eventually got the hang of this, and it became great fun. Especially while watching a Kingfisher race up and down in front of me, before having a rest on a branch, which, I managed to snap!

I’m sure the Kingfisher had better luck than me this day, as it did result in a blank, I did also have a bomb out with some lob worm on in hope or something. During the day in the weeds and margins, I did spot some Fish topping and jumping out, I think this may have been some breeding trout, however, not too sure, but was great to see.

Heading into Saturday, I was focused on not letting this weekend in Fishing all result in blanks, so I was determined to catch. However with the River still very murky and muddy, and a lot of rubbish flowing through, I did have my work cut out for a bite.

There was some clear water the other side, so tried to chuck my feeder there, however with the rubbish flowing through and hitting my line bite detection became impossible, so I had to try and go closer, opting for just a small underarm chuck, to hopefully miss a lot of the debris, I started to have some knocks, which looked more like Fish, rather than rubbish hitting the line.

And it wasn’t long until I was into a decent little Roach, and what followed was a good flow of decent size Roach, providing great fun, I did lose a few sadly which felt a bit better, however ended up with between 10-15 decent Roach in a few hours.

I would’ve loved to stay, however an issue with urban fishing is having a wee! And today it cut my stay shorter! Overall, a good session, and now look forward to Monday’s piking session! With hopefully one or two showing, but will be a good day out with my fellow bloggers! Tune in next Saturday to find out how I got on piking!

Tight lines all!