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Mixed bag (1)

Saturday, 10 December 2016 at 16:05

Perch A few short hours on the river, trotting a float with cane and 'pin. I took different baits with me - hemp, small brandlings and red worms, bread, and sweetcorn. Some roach took a single grain of sweetcorn fished over a smear of hempseed groundbait, while two wonderful dace (see below) and this handsome perch fell for small red worms. There was no real pattern to it but I thoroughly enjoyed myself on what would otherwise have been a damp, dispiriting and drear day.

Such handsome fish, perch. I'm remarkably fond of them.

Mixed bag (2)

Saturday, 10 December 2016 at 16:01

Dace This is a cracking dace, one of a matched brace. What d'you think? 10oz? Half a pound? They took small brandlings and were lovely dace, anyway - more than welcome on a day that never quite got light and faded at dusk into a smirr of dark and rain.

Roach and wet feet

Sunday, 4 December 2016 at 15:12

River roach A lovely stamp of roach on a cold day. There were no bites you could call decisive: the float just dithered and submerged slightly, without at any time being pulled under. This roach took a grain of sweetcorn and I think I could have done better if I'd stayed till dusk, but unfortunately I got two terminally wet feet after retrieving float, shot and line from a snag in a boggy place. Wringing out one's socks in temperatures of 4C tends to take the zest out of the day, one finds. 

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