Bailey Payne

Farewell Rivers, for now

Well, the end of the River season is now upon us, and for me, it’s been my first full season Fishing Rivers. And I think I have learnt a lot through this, and developed further as an Angler. With the help of people reading and sending advice I am incredibly confident for next season.

Looking back at this season, I started off Fishing a local stretch of the Wid which I scouted in close, catching small Chublets. Using a light link ledger and typically bread, which has really developed into one of my most reliable baits on Rivers for a range of species. I also went to my club stretch of the Roding, and caught a few slightly better using the same tactics.

However, from here, I got my first pin, and had a few sessions trotting with it, catching small roach, perch and even a lovely Rudd! The pin is a great method to use, and since invested in an old school speedia pin I plan on using when the Rivers open again for a few more fish!

I also had great success fishing for Perch using lob and dendras in a lot of places along the Chelmer, something I will be doing again, such brilliant bites while Fishing for these Perch!

Then, I started getting into the Roach on the Chelmer, possibly the the thing I have enjoyed most is learning these Roach, and figuring out how to catch them. And amongst the way, I have had some great captures, including my 2lber! Which I aim to try and beat in the coming season.

And then of course, the first Pike I got with fellow blogger Tom, a fish I treasure, and really made me love fishing for Pike, although sadly I haven’t had one since so far!

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First Pike

Sadly the Covid restrictions have really stopped my end of season Fishing on the Rivers, with the highlight been a nice Chub caught my small local very polluted River!

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Lovely Chubly

Overall, some nice catches through the season along with the still waters I have fished too, although this is a River blog! Certainly leaves me aware of what my aims for next season are.

  • Another 2lb+ Roach from the Chelmer (3lb If I can!)
  • Consistently catch more Chub to a better size. 3lb Chub.
  • First River Barbel (Covid permitting, myself and Tom may have a trip to Kings Weir Fishery)
  • First River Tench
  • First Wild Brown Trout
  • 2lb River Perch
  • 10lb River Pike

I think all of these are achievable goals for the next season, and I hope to continue to learn from Fishing and from comments I get from readers. Hopefully at the end of the next season I can look back and tick a lot of these off, however this is my aim. Hope you enjoyed looking back at this season with me, and hopefully you look forward to my future River blogs.

Tight Lines…

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