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Jungle Warfare Part Three

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 After a long week at work, I've been looking to do some fishing so whilst on the train home from Bromley I had decided I was going to have a couple of hours out on the bank, with the weather nice and warm and plenty of sunshine it was perfect fishing conditions so I had to take advantage.  Bearing in mind it was only a short session I did end up with two Chub to 4lb 2oz, one Eel at about 10oz and another pristine Barbel of 7lb 13oz and what a scrap it was aswell, putting up the usual standard of fight that keeps me coming back for more! Another spawned out fish Back out in the morning in search of some quality Roach and Rudd if I can find them.

Jungle Warfare Part Two

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With the day before being a success on the Barbel front at last, I decided to leave the specimen gear at home and go out for some flood water fun with the smaller species, the water was a lovely slate grey and I knew straight away it wasn't going to be easy and I didn't have long out as I wanted to be back in time to watch England hopefully beat the Italians but as I'm writing this now on Monday we all know what the outcome was unfortunately.  The day before I made my way through the maze of overgrown shrubbery and created a couple of little swims that I could just poke myself into and hide away, so I decided to trot for the day in those swims and mainly fishing the slacks where the fish were probably sat up out of the main flow and within my first couple of casts I latched into a good fish, although I was using maggots anything was possible and this fish felt a Barbel with big powerful charges through the flood water it was easy to think it was a Barbel and then until a

Jungle Warfare Part One

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Yesterday I set out in the vein hope that I would'nt get too wet and was on the hunt of a Barbel or two, the last outing that I had in search of Barbel did'nt exactly go to plan due to the fact that shoals of them still had'nt finished spawning, so they had other things on their mind rather than putting a bend in my rod and playing the game.  I decided to try a few spots that have'nt been fished for in a while maybe even this season due to the amount of hymalian balsam that's towering over the banks and I started with my usual tactic to persuade a fish and ended up spending another hour doing the same thing with no enquiries. I was starting to think that the Barbel were still not on the feed and was becoming quite fustrating that I could see them but they were'nt picking up.  After moving down stream a little bit I bumped into a couple of Carp both Koi's, one pearly white Common and one multi coloured Common, first cast and I hooked into the white one w

The miniature great rod race

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Today I woke up and switched the television on, to be met by the great rod race which is hosted by Matt Hayes and Mick Brown and after just watching 10 minutes of it whilst eating my breakfast I had decided that today I was going to try and catch 7 different species of fish from the river starting at the middle reaches of the river and down, hence my post title.  The possible targets were: Barbel (small ones)                                             Chub                                             Roach                                             Rudd                                             Brown Trout                                             Gudgeon                                             Carp                                             Dace                                             Perch                                             Minnow                                             Out of 10 species I only managed 5 of them, with me also locating some Per

Opening Day pm

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 Back on the river but not the local, tonight me and brother Richard (the piking pirate) decided to visit the River Thames and go for some predators in the hope of catching one of the big specimens that lurk in these waters. We had an array of spinners, spoons, plugs, lures and shad's to try and tempt some Pike to the bank and within 20 minutes Rich was into a Pike on a red twin tailed shad after just changing to that shad from a spoon, goes to show the Pike won't just hit anything, about 5 minutes later and we finally got to see the culprit in the dark of the night when it slid into the net, the Pike was just over 5lb what a disappointment considering the fight but it was a Pike so Rich was happy regardless and no sooner he put that fish back he cast out again and started to retrieve the shad he had another take and same again another 5 minute fight ensued, another Pike landed slowly getting bigger at 7lb 10oz, I was getting thrashed good and proper.  I did'nt get my fi

Opening Day AM

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 After three months of waiting and amazing amount of impatience, the time had finally come to turn my recon into catching, so my plan was for the early part of the 16th was to target the Barbel and hopefully open my account pretty early on, but the fish unfortunately weren't feeding as avidly as I'd hoped and over the coming hours that came and went and still without a bite, I waited for sunrise and changed the method of approaching my whiskered friends.  After another couple of hours of searching for a Barbel the task seemed like it wasn't going to be a foregone conclusion that I thought it would be, but my persistence paid off at about 9am, when I trotted a bait through an over-hanging tree I had a powerful take and ended up with a small Barbel.    2lb 7oz  So I did have another cast into the swim and had another take straight away which turned out to be another Barbel but even smaller at just over a pound, so after putting that fish back I moved off down st

Fish Recon

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Some pictures of a few suspects not well known in this river and also some of the more usual species.  A Tench feeding on the gravel, very rare on this river.   Also a Pike! only 1 or 2 of these in the whole system extremely rare, around the 6lb mark. 2 Carp spawning, there was another 2 with those that broke off to feed.                                            A male and a female Mirror Carp ready to spawn.

The elusive wild brownie

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 As you can tell by the post name I was after the elusive Trout that call this river home, armed with my fly-rod and assortment of flys I tackled my normal Trout beats in search of one as I haven't done very well on my recent travels but I have caught an array of different fish albeit not my target species from Carp to Chub on the fly.  Today though the conditions for Brown Trout was definitely more in my favour and only within the first half an hour of fishing in my first spot I had caught a little chublet and 3 small Trout to about 8oz which is the normal stamp of fish to be had in this stretch, so I had cracked my target species and all of which fell to a black buzzer that are very common food source for these Trout, but I was to get an extremely big surprise further downstream whilst scoping the bottom and under over-hanging trees when I spotted a big Trout sat in a gravel hole under one of the trees.  So now that I had found a monstrous Brownie to cast to I picked my spot