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Father-In-Law strikes again

Today I went fishing with the Father-In-Law and what a session it was. I was on the river by 05:30 sharp and not a soul to be seen. It was lovely, I love that time in the morning. Just me, the river and the nature around you.

I had lightly baited the area with ground bait (banana & coconut) mixed with sweetcorn, hempseed and some mussel flavouring with maggots mixed in. Then a few handfuls of mixed maggots to top it off.

Again, a simple float set up, but I have found these Guru floats in my local tackle shop (Clacton Angling) which are amazing. I call them the torpedoes, but have no idea what they’re actually called. They fly through the air and hit the water with such grace. Float sizes are 14mg and 8mg which are just right for the way I fish.

I had nothing, loads of swirls all around my float and area, but nothing on the end of the line. So, the line came back in, I checked the depth and the set up and back out I went. Otter came and said hello, which was nice of them and a few kingfishers. Later my Father-In-Law showed up.

Once he was fishing, we set about sorting out his new chair. Well it was more like putting up a tent, there were poles everywhere. Once up, he sat on it and slid off towards the water. Inside I was laughing my head off and to be honest on the outside too.

I ended up going to the car and lending him one of my spare chairs. Thank god we sorted that and that I had a spare. As most of you would probably agree Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance (the 6 P’s, always remember them).

Within ten minutes he was in, I was not impressed lol. I felt like I did all the donkey work and he had just swooped into my fish. (Love you really Stan). He had a lovely Gudgeon and then a Roach. The irony is that I set his rod up for him too.

So, for five hours my amazing Father-In-Law was catching and I had nothing, not a peep. Come 10:15 I was thinking of packing up, as the rain started to come. The cloud was just over me lol. 11:20 came and I was in, thank god for that a Roach. Nothing amazing, but not a blank and then another. Then a golden beauty. Was loving life again.

We had four different species today, which was great to see. So, Gudgeon, Roach, Rudd and Chub. What a morning session. Now getting ready for my next trip on Saturday with the Essex Anglers team, so watch this space. It will be a test of skills and I think my fellow blogger Bailey and I have a little match going on too.

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