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I love this weather!

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 Over the last few days I've been soaking up the sun as much as possible with more work coming up my way over the next few months I'll be a busy man and any little pockets of spare time I can get hold of will be spent catching some fish, with the sun being as good as it has I'm not the only creature that enjoys the sun, the Carp have been going mental for the last 6 days and most have now finished spawning with only one dead Carp found which is always a shame, but could be much worse.  After the Carp finish spawning they always feed really well and this morning I thought I'd take advantage of that fact and have a go at expanding my collection of spring Carp.  By the end of the session I did end up with 2 Carp, one was a fine 17lb 8oz Fully scaled Mirror that fought like a demon and brought in about 5 pound of Canadian pond weed with it and just as I finished weighing it the sod decided to slide out of my mat and straight back to whence it came without a photo shoot

Another specimen hunted

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 After the very nice warm weather we have been experiencing I felt that a morning session was in order and as I start back work on Monday after a little rest, I needed to get some more fishing done and I was so glad I did peel myself out of bed this morning, firstly by catching a lovely 8lb 8oz Bream which had the most amount of spawning tubicles that I have ever seen on a Bream, so this was a male Bream and the biggest I've had to my recollection.   Then a hour or so had passed with only a couple of small Carp passing through my swim, but then a shoal of Carp came into my swim and started rooting up the bottom and feeding really well, with two of the shoal being a really big Mirror around 30lb and a Common about 26 - 28lb surrounded by a handful of good doubles and when the Mirror circled around ahead of the rest I placed my bait right on it's nose and it inhaled my bait with real conviction, my chance at landing my first 30lb + was now in my hands and I played it very c

Catch up

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First off, a quick catch up from Monday, after a short early morning session I landed a 6lb 1oz Tench using lob worm under a crystal waggler fishing near to a bunch of lily pads the perfect place to find a Tench, my second 6lb + Tench in a week. Unfortunately missing its left pectoral fin.  Yesterday I did also manage to get a few hours on the bank to try and catch a Carp or two and after a couple of hours of moving around a part of the lake I did manage to find a willing participant and when I hooked this Carp it did not give up, almost taking me through a bush it pulled some dirty tricks out the bag, also with the fight lasting nearly 10minutes the Carp on its first charge must have taken 60-70 yards of line and was literally unstoppable even with my clutch tightened up it stripped line with consummate ease but a good fight is always a good experience, so when the fish tired I guided it into a nice wet net for my first fish of the day, after a couple of pictures and weighi

Carp fishing with a twist

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 Over the last couple of mornings I've been out in search of some Carp and not had alot of luck, missing 3 takes which another time I would have connected to, but thats fishing sometimes but today I did have some joy in the form of a nice 20lb 3oz Common Carp at about 5.30am. A pristine Common Carp   Also I did have a twist in the session by landing a female Tench at 6lb 14oz whilst fishing amongst a shoal of Carp and there were 2 Tench bigger than that aswell swimming in the shoal. An old fish with plenty of scars.

Spawning Roach

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 After a quick walk down the river in the other day to do a little fish spotting for mainly Barbel, I spotted a large shoal of Roach spawning on the weed which is a very good sight on this river as the Roach population has taken a huge plundering due to the flying black death. Roughly a 100 fish in this shoal, mainly Roach and some Chub.  A Roach flashing whilst spawning.

Stalking fish, nothing better!

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 After being down the river clearing up and trying to make it a better place for fish and fishermen alike I decided to do a bit of fishing for the first in over a month so I really couldn't turn down an invite from my mate Matt to have a go at water down in Kent near to where he lives, so a night session was in order to have a go at some Carp mainly but also is home to some big Tench and Bream aswell.  So after 2 hours of travelling we finally got to the lake about 9pm and was fishing by 9.30 but both Matt and myself drew a blank all night with only one knock all night for Matt, so we just entertained ourselves by watching silly videos on our iphones (the joys of technology), I don't like fishing with modern tackle even at night, I'll try to avoid buzzers and so on as much as I can so I thought for a while about just folding the rod away until dawn as the clearing up down the Wandle had taken its toll on me and I really needed some kipp, but we soldiered on through the n

Another days work

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 After all of the rain that we have had recently, I have been looking forward to getting back down the river to complete the clean up job that Stu and myself had started almost a month ago, so as the rain had calmed down for 2 days and allowing the level to drop and sediment to settle, we were back in the river pulling out more carpets, metalwork of all forms, clothing, kitchen wear, more old drinks cans that I have never seen before and i'm pretty fond of a fizzy drink and 20 odd bags of recyclable material.  With all of the other couple of tons of debris collected now, weve managed to built up a pile bigger than the first one, which we can not believe at all, but the stretch looks so much better now and has gained about 4 - 8 inches in depth and clear gravels for about 30meters with the exception of 2 massive concrete slabs about 10feet long by 6feet wide, the perfect Barbel haunt for sure.  The nearly complete project brambles. About 30 hours with 2 men. Looks good!!