Saturday, 19 September 2015

Royal Recce

A very early 4am start saw me heading down to The Royalty with James and Warren for a two part mission.

Mission 1: Survey the water for future pike trips. With clear water and polarised glassed James and myself walked the entire beat - including the 'swamp' - looking for pike, holes and likely lies where we can cast a bait when the pike season opens in October. With a mental map of the river we have greatly expanded our search area when the time comes - mission success.

Mission 2: Try and find a Royalty barbel - a first for both me and Warren. There was a slight tinge to the water colour and we felt confident. But as the day wore on, and got brighter, the fish just weren't playing - I had a couple of chances but at 8pm we called it quits - even James couldn't tempt one. I did manage a trout on rolled meat to avoid a blank - but the mission was a fail.


  1. seems like a lot of royalty barbel come out late(dark),near the office.later than you used be able to fish it,but i guess you needed to get away.i see the fuzz has been thinned out!

    1. The fishery was open until 10, we opted to finish early to get home before midnight - perhaps we might have got one if we had stayed on, but we'd only heard of 2 barbel being caught all day. If fish were being caught it might nave been a different story.

      Or it might be my lack of fishing beard :)