Big Dace have long since been of a massive interest to me, one of my first ever was of 11oz which is big for the species, fast forward 16 years and I have improved on that a few times and have currently caught 3 over the magical 1lb mark, only recently I have started to find shoals of Dace but targeting them specifically has its difficulties as they share the same territories as the Chub and today was a perfect example, but before I go any further though today was not in search of a Dace, but Roach and Rudd were my intended quarry, although they were totally elusive and I only saw two Roach all day.
The one and only Dace I had today though was well worth catching, I caught it roughly an hour into the session amongst the scores of Chub. A majority of the Chub were 4lb plus, so they were of a good stamp but when your targeting redfins the Chub can ruin your swims and I believe on this occasion this did happen, however catching such a big Dace the no-show of reddy's were banished fairly quickly.
|14ozs of an immaculate Dace.|
|My biggest Dace in years.|
|Lovely and clear for all to see.|
|Thames Bream, snotty buggers but I want mid-double!|
|Oh Deer, what's that in the distance.|
Lovely sunset over one of my ticket lakes.
A fin perfect chalk stream Chub of 4.6.
On very long Chub but struggled to reach the 4lb mark.
During the evening I was treated to a sight of some very large Bream, some of which were well in excess of my target weight of 13lbs, I will plan a trip very soon in search of one of these enormous dustbin lids and hopefully bank one, I believe it's possible, we will see shortly whether I can. Tight Lines until then.