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Early Spring Tench.

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 On Saturday morning I made the trip down to Marsh Farm, a fishery I had visited last year twice in search of Crucian Carp and got plagued by Tench, this time round it was in search of Tench as it's probably too cool for the Crucian's to be feeding hard, April onwards will certainly be the time to target them, but in the meantime even though we have cold nights and rain/hail storms passing through the Tench should still be on the feed. Not the biggest but probably the most pristine.  I was joined by Richard and Brian for the days fishing where we had no real expectations and simply went for a day out and relax, my personal best Tench of 7lb 15oz caught in 2010 is still the number to beat but even though there are Tench at the farm that can beat that I simply wanted to enjoy the sporadic sunshine and get my line pulled, on the other hand Brian and Richard's Tench PB's are not as large, hence a PB here for them both could have been easily achievable. Not brea

Winter Pike Challenge Final Chart.

My accumulated list of Pike caught this season, my objective was to catch 200lbs and also trying to catch five doubles amongst that total weight, of course it's my first season that I have targeted this species in particular, so I had already caught a new personal best and caught more than all my years in angling, I hadn't been disappointed at all by the amount caught, due to the awful weather and inability to reach the rivers as they were out of their banks as I know they were all through the British Isles, hopefully next season the weather is alot better and we don't get bombarded by rain. September : 5.13, 2.1, 5.3, 11.3, 2.6 ----- Total: 26lb 10oz October : 4.14, 2.13, 3.1, 2.8, 2.3, 19.5, 6.0 ----------Total: 40lb 12oz November : 8.13, 6.0 ---------Total: 14lb 13oz December : 10.11, 5.0, 5.6 ----------Total: 21lb 1oz January: 5.15 ------Total: 5lb 15oz February: 4.10 Overall Total : 113lbs 13oz, unfortunately I did not reach my target but it

Previous season 12-13 Barbel Capture Chart.

Barbel caught since June 16th 2012 to March 14th 2013. 2lb  +  2 3lb  +  6 4lb  +  7 5lb  +  10 6lb  +  13 7lb  +  11 8lb  +  7 9lb  +  2 10lb + 2 11lb + 1 12lb + 1 Total caught since June 16th stands at 62 Barbel. 16.06.2012 - 2lb 7oz 17.06.2012 - 5lb 2oz 23.06.2012 - 8lb 1oz, 4lb 4oz, 8lb 3oz, 5lb 11oz 24.06.2012 - 2lb 14oz 26.06.2012 - 3lb 10oz, 4lb 4oz 29.06.2012 - 7lb 13oz 30.06.2012 - 6lb 10oz, 6lb 2oz, 6lb 7oz, 4lb 2oz 05.07.2012 - 7lb 6oz, 6lb 4oz 07.07.2012 - 4lb 10oz, 6lb 5oz 19.07.2012 - 9lb 3oz, 5lb 10oz 22.07.2012 - 8lb 6oz 25.07.2012 - 6lb 12oz, 6lb 9oz, 5lb 8oz, 3lb 1oz 02.08.2012 - 6lb 8oz 11.08.2012 - 6lb 4oz, 5lb 13oz 06.09.2012 - 6lb 6oz 09.09.2012 - 7lb 7oz, 7lb 2oz 13.10.2012 - 6lb 14oz, 7lb 6oz, 10lb 8oz, 4lb 7oz 25.10.2012 - 6lb 9oz 03.11.2012 - 10lb 8oz 24.11.2012 - 3lb 13oz, 7lb 7oz 27.11.2012 - 7lb 1oz 01.12.2012 - 4lb 3oz 09.12.2012 - 6lb 10oz 15.12.2012 - 7lb 5oz 29.12.2012 - 3lb 9oz, 4lb 2oz, 11lb 1oz, 7lb 2oz

So Long To Another Great Season.

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 Since the 1st of April last year I set myself a few goals some of which I achieved with a few more personal bests to boot, but the likes of the Grayling had slipped my grasp, much to the fault of the erroneous weather but these things happen in fishing, another time. During the past 12 months I have had a number of quality fish, from a 35.8 Mirror Carp to a 13.12 Barbel whilst trotting and a couple more 2lbs plus river Roach (2.6 & 2.2), fish that are still fairly rare in the river systems by the standards of the 1980's, not also to mention my best season for Pike which culminated in a 19.5 specimen being banked on the Avon, fly fishing during the spring months for Brown Trout also proved very successful with well over 30 Trout caught up to a shade under 5lbs and lastly my first Crucian Carp for over a decade which was caught at Marsh Farm Fishery in Surrey during a session targeting them during a lovely spring day and funnily enough that is where I will be heading next we

A No Show.

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 Wednesday and Thursday were reserved for Roach fishing and with my hope of catching a 3lb Roach firmly in mind that was the species I targeted, but to put a long story short the two sessions didn't go to plan as the Roach must have had their heads down and clearly not feeding on both occasions on two different rivers, but on the Thursday it wasn't a total blank. Amazing speed of the Kingfisher. Blink and you've missed it.  Basking in the lovely sunshine whilst quiver tipping for Chub as it turned out, as the Roach weren't feeding the Chub as usual were and I had three Chevin's to 4.14, the others at 4.0 & 3.10, all put up good fights but not the species I set out for and the trip out didn't end there as I had given up hope of attaching myself to a Roach I headed off down to the Thames after dark and went cage feeder fishing for Bream where I was very successful, with 14 caught to a weight of 7lb 14oz and another four of which were over 7lbs, I

Mirror Mirror.

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 Well 5 days remaining of this seasons coarse sport, it leaves me with a small amount of time now to get out but I will hopefully manage a couple of trips out in search of Roach, as like most other species will be looking to spawn soon as spring settles in and they approach top weights and my chance of capturing my "Holy Grail" could be at no better time of the season than now, but let's catch up on a session that I embarked on at first light Saturday morning after Carp on a lake out in Surrey.  During the morning the Carp were very lethargic and due to the cloudless night the temperature was fairly cool even though the sun was very warm and the first bite came after around an hour of fishing, which was subsequently missed, it all happened so quickly I missed it, but the following 2 casts provided me with 2 Carp, one of which about 4lbs and the other 10 lbs 1oz both of which were Common Carp and the lakes that I visited are stocked predominately with Commons plus a ve

Specimen Chub and Roach.

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 Today's trip out never nearly happened, as I have come down with a bout of the flu and my body feels totally drained but if there is a sniff of a session out on the river bank then I'll get myself amongst it, within reason of course. Today's weather was lovely and the distinct warmth of spring is starting to settle in and with the coarse fishing season finishing 9 days there isn't long to target the likes of Chub and Roach, so these were my target.  After a very laboured journey down to my chosen destination I selected to fish for Roach first and I set up originally with a stick float and then a wire stem but both didn't provide any enquiries, so after a 20 minute period I switched over to bread punch and a light feeder with white crumb but this approach also didn't work, I assumed they weren't feeding or in the swims I fished but I know fish move so I upped sticks and moved on up in search of some appealing water. Under shotted so the bait would ba