Sunday, 28 December 2014

I'd better up my game...

This morning's reccy down the Avon Brook is my first in many months. Other venues have caught my attention instead even though this small off-shoot of the Warwickshire Avon has produced some of my biggest fish. I was in a bit of a quandary though so being only 10 minutes from my house, I thought I'll go and have a look. As the rivers are up I had Chub was in mind with liquidised bread in the feeder and cheese paste on a sort hair. In the summer I've seen some massive Chub here, I've just not managed to catch one.

It was crisp under foot and as the sun began to rise I was subjected to a fantastic visual setting. It was only when I reached the river I realised just how fast it was flowing, it was properly motoring through. As the river in some places is jump-able in summer any decent volume of flowing water turns the river in to a raging torrent. There are slack areas though and that's where I'd target.

There was plenty of debris being washed down the river so that would certainly put fish off. I doubt the fish would want to be clonked over the head with a piece of two by four, to be honest not ideal conditions. Three or four swims without even a knock I decided to battle myself through some dead stingers and found this swim which an upstream fallen tree meant that the swim I intended to fish was relatively calm.

It certainly looked chubby and sure enough the tell-tale knocks of the quiver resulted in a proper bite and a fish was on. Sadly this was no 5lber but the little Chub gave a good account for itself, it certainly was a scrapper. A 1lb and a half or so, small but in perfect nick.

I don't go back to work till the 5th of Jan so a few more fishing trips are planned, Zander at my usual haunt and also an area of canal where I spotted some topping Roach. A bit of big fish drought of late, I need to up my game as least I need to properly christen my new Garnder landing net.


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