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August 2012 Barbel stats.

02.08.2012 6lb 8oz 11.08.2012 6lb 4oz, 5lb 13oz Total weight of Barbel caught in August was at 18lb 9oz.

Roach Fishing Figures

A chart for Redfin sessions 18 th and 23 th august 2012 Date: Roach Rudd 18.08.12 1 lb 6 oz 1 lb 11 oz 1 lb 7 oz 15 oz 1 lb 5 oz 1 lb 9 oz 1 lb 14 oz 1 lb 7 oz 1 lb 6 oz 2 lb 1 oz 14 oz 1 lb 10 oz 1 lb 15 oz 1 lb 9 oz 1 lb 9 oz 23.08.12 1 lb 10 oz 13 oz 1 lb 13 oz 1 lb 7 oz 1 lb 9 oz 2 lb 2 oz 2 lb 0 oz 1 lb 9 oz Also had another 8 Roach around the 10oz mark that were not counted.

Roach Fishing Re-visited.

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 After my enjoyable day of Roach fishing last Saturday I couldn't resist in going back, so with a day off of work and having been selected for a match on saturday, today was my only chance to do some fishing.  With that in mind last night I packed everything and headed out this morning hoping for just a glimmer of what I experienced 5 days ago, when I got to the river I took my time in setting up and also getting some groundbait out to get the fish feeding and build up their confidence.  The session looked to have got off to a good start when after just 5 minutes I had already had a Roach bite and latched into, very quickly it was in my net but not a monster at 13oz, but after that fish the day took a nosedive in action and I tryed everything in my tackle bag to get the fish feeding again but it wasn't to be, I was thinking that I must have just turned when they finished breakfast, so I stuck around for about 2 hours when I got another take which again I connected to and 

A Redfin Letter Day

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Saturday I had a good day planned which consisted of packing my feeder rod and feeder fishing gear, the plan was to sit up in a swim out of the sun as it was very hot weather to be sitting out in and at 30c the fish would probably feed better in the shaded, cooler water where they might be a little more indusive in feeding.  My tackle comprised of an 12ft quiver tip rod with a 1oz tip, with 6lb line through to a 15g cage feeder and then a small swivel connected to a 1 foot leader of 3lb line with a size 12 barbless hook.  First off the session didn't really go as planned because the Chub were just getting to the bait before anything else could get to it and not before long I had a bag of Chub in the keepnet weighing at 26lb 9oz with the biggest at 4lb 7oz.  So with the Chub reigning supreme in the first swim after about 90 minutes I had decided that the best option was to move and try a different swim about 500yrds downtream and see if I could fish through the Chub and ma

Back on the river

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After a week off of the river it was time to get back on in search of some Barbel, early doors it has to be said as I had prior engagements later on during the day so the session was not to be long either. With the sun out very strongly it was lovely weather expected to hit 29c in London, normally when I come back from holiday or travelling the rain follows me into the country, but this year it has been very good and not to mention the topping up on my already tanned skin and the Barbel even in the early morning were already sun batheing and it wasn't long before I stalked one out of a deep gravel run on my first cast which in the deep water fought really well. 6.4 usual stamp of fish. The day did produce one more Barbel later on in the session with the company of Stu who very kindly landed the fish for me whilst we nattered about all things fishing and football also of the same stamp of fish that have made up a majority of this seasons captures so far with a double stil

Tiddler Bashing

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Not all things this season have been about chasing double figure Barbel, I do at this age still enjoy having a match with my brothers and have a little match where it was the amount of fish caught and the prettiest fish that would win the day not the biggest and the day did fly by with a good little bag caught by each of us boys, the only thing that did taint the day was a strong head-wind all almost the entire match which at times did test our patience but we stuck to it. The biggest of the day. The prettiest of the match. Both the biggest and the prettiest fish of the day went to yours truly but the match was tied between my brother Chris and myself and my other brother Richard bought up the rear with a respectable bag though. Great fun to catch small stuff now and again and very relaxing aswell.

Some shots from Rhodes

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Sunset from our hotel balcony  A large cricket  A lazy pair of Parrots  A view of the bay at Lindos, Eastern Rhodes Me - Relaxed for once! A couple of pictures from my break in the 35c weather and it is a quiant little island, I also had the pleasure of some dolphins and a volcano throwing a load of smoke up.

Back to Reality

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Having arrived back into England at 6am this morning I did'nt feel there was much point going to sleep so I grabbed my trotting rod and a tube of avon wire-stem floats armed with a warm tiger loaf and do some trotting in the murky water in the hunt for anything that fancied a lovely bit of breakfast. Today was pretty difficult due to the extra water and the fact that I always locate and stalk my fish as I feel it adds to the fun of fishing, but the conditions did'nt allow for that tactic so it was a case of simply trotting through the swims that I know fish frequent and within 20 minutes of roving my float slid under but in the murky water it was impossible to know what it was and after about 10 seconds it woke up and a Barbel for sure was tugging on the other end it obviously did'nt know it was hooked but when it did it made a dive straight for the bottom and held down hard in the current for what seemed an eternity to my arm, with a little bit of bullying the Barbel ca

Barbel Fishing.

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 A brief catch up on the fishing front, on the 25th of July I did manage to sneak a couple of hours and had a good mornings fishing with 4 Barbel banked, the biggest weighing at 6lb 12oz the others at 6lb 9oz, 5lb 8oz and 3lb 1oz with also a Chub caught at about 3lb.  After landing the last of the Barbel it was time to catch my plane and I know in my last post that one was going to be my last session but as all of us fishermen will have experienced at some point when you have a couple of spare hours, grab a rod! 6lb 12oz 6lb 9oz