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george

Autumn on the river

Monday 14/9/09 1.31pm

The car edged out onto the south bound lane of the motorway and at last i was on my way, on my way to a place where i could forget about  the worries of this world and connect to another....the world of the river

Monday 2.20pm

Walking down the bank i could see the evidence of where the river had previously been, reeds that a week or so ago had been submerged by the latest flood now stood proud of the waters edge left high and dry by a river that now flowed a good two feet below its normal level with no colour in it at all i knew that the going would be slow, couple that with a north easterly wind that was blowing straight up the river pushing large waves back up stream with it as it was funneled between the banks and you could say that a difficult night lay ahead

Monday 8.30pm

Sitting in my low chair next to the rods looking up past the glow of the isotopes attached to the rod tips at the hundreds of stars up there in the night skies really can overwhelm you at times, they have the effect of making you feel so small in the vast scheme of things, looking at pinpoints of light that has taken millions of years to reach our little world and little old me as i sat there patiently waiting.....The left hand rod tip pulled over and in a split second bounced back to point skyward again.....leave it george, let it pull over again and wait for the bite alarm to chime...i was thinking line bite....ten minutes of tweaks and bumps followed then the rod tip dipped a second time, this time it was a definite bite that made the whole tripod judder and the bite alarm sing then nothing...all over and done with in the blink of an eye...i was now thinking chub...the unseen force had dropped the bait, i reeled in and checked the hook i then added a shock bead to the front of the lead safety clip which turned the whole thing into a free running ledger rig and not a semi fixed bolt rig re baited and sent it out into the darkness. five minutes passed when the left hand bite alarm gave a constant one toner and my first fish of the day came up to the office for a little chat it was a Bream that weighed bang on 6lb

Monday 9.15pm

Rain

The stalking chair was folded away and popped into the back of the bivvy, supper time had arrived along with the rain...Beef stew

Monday 10.00pm

The far bank bite alarm suddenly broke its vow of silence, its electronic low buzz fair made my heart flutter as another resident made its presence felt and bream number two said hello this one spun the needle on the weigh scales to 7lb 12oz things were looking up....time for a pot of tea

Tuesday 1.40am

As i reclined at leisure on my bed chair i was thinking that the black bin liner that i use to cover the lower part of my bed to protect it from my muddy boots could do with replacing when the left hand bite alarm burst into life jarring me away from the warm comfort of my bivvy and beckoning sleep into a cold harsh early autumn morning....The fish was running as i flicked the reel handle to disengage the bait runner and the power and force of the thing told me it was either a Barbel or perhaps a Carp...all thoughts of cold September mornings vanished as i tightened the reels slipping clutch and steered the fish away from a far bank snag that it had decided to call home and several minutes later a beautiful fin perfect Barbel lay on the unhooking mat, not massive at 7lb.10oz but still very welcome, i released her from the next peg down as access to the river was easier and as i stood there in the margins gentle holding her and waiting for my soaking from that shovel of a tail all thoughts of cold autumn mornings started to creep back into view....Time for another brew

Tuesday 2.40am

It was bream time again as several bream all around the 3lb mark made sure of a sleepless yet very enjoyable night out on the river with action being called to a halt with my last fish at 5.20am, a few changes to the way the rigs fished turned half hearted plucks into full blown runs that kept me busy all night.

My mate fished just upstream of me and never had a bite all night, he decided to stay on another night and his luck changed dramatically as the wind dropped landing several very nice fish one of which was his PB chub....i wish i could have been there to photograph it for him........Next time perhaps
beeman

Nice one George, I really enjoyed that. 7/8lbers fight at well above their weight, always giving a good account of theirselves.
Gareth

That was a nice read.


First deadbaiting session of the season for me this evening: nothing special, just a float ledgered Sprat on a section of the river Wensum that I fancy near the city centre. fishing.gif
george

Good luck Gareth hope you do well sir
bodger

I've never had a barbel George. Its one thats on my list but living where we do, we are hours from the nearest river that holds any. I really enjoyed reading your write up
george

One for the "To do" list bodger hope you get the chance one day
bearinator

Excellent read George mate , i've been planning a trip for a barbel as i've never caught one but my next trip will be fly fishing for pike
Bazzer

Excellant report.    

Bodger. My best Barbel day was a short, morning session on the Hampshire Avon, Royalty Fishery, on the Pipes.
Six good single figure fish, all on Luncheon Meat.
As I packed up and started to walk back to the car park the guys from the nearest swims each side of me started racing each other to "my" swim.
bodger

I would imagine that parts of the Severn must be the closest place with barbel for me, its got to be a good three or four hours away but one day ?
BarryK

bodger wrote:
I would imagine that parts of the Severn must be the closest place with barbel for me, its got to be a good three or four hours away but one day ?


There are a lot of Barbel in the Wye, Bodge - also, I'm pretty sure that Barbel have been illegally stocked into quite a lot of  Welsh rivers......

I'll have a search around for you.

........done that, can't find anything much - the only reference I can find to illegal Barbel stocking in Wales is with reference to the Taff and the Ely (which contains some surprisingly large fish!) but I'm certain that there are illegally stocked Barbel in most of the Welsh Salmon and Seatrout rivers............

bodger

We're in northest North Wales Barry.
Gareth

Gareth wrote:
That was a nice read.


First deadbaiting session of the season for me this evening: nothing special, just a float ledgered Sprat on a section of the river Wensum that I fancy near the city centre. fishing.gif


Guess who blanked again.          
Bazzer

Quote:
Guess who blanked again


What's that mean then?
I don't recall ever experiencing this "G" type phenomena.
bodger

Gareth    I've put some hooks in the post for you, that you might fancy tying onto the end of your line. It works for me mate.

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