I headed back to the river armed with my kitchen scales and a ruler, time to find a 3oz gudgeon. But first I had a few rolls on route to my chosen gudgeon spot. 8lb 4oz barbel above - cracking start.
Next up was a 7lb 0oz fish.
Followed a few minutes later with a 6lb 9oz before the main event...
I chucked in a couple of handfuls of maggots and quickly set up a light quivertip, cast out and waited... And waited... They did not want to play today. At all.
I gave it nearly four hours, the only hook ups were both from barbel, the first one led me on a dance right around the swim until inevitability caught up with my 3lb line and it escaped unseen. And the second one again went nuts on the light gear but I coaxed it gently over the net - 4lb 14oz below.
No gudgeon at all, even small fish can switch off when they aren't in the mood.
I had a few rolls as I headed back down the river, but no more fish. I make that 57 barbel for 271lb 5oz - I wonder if I can crack 300lb this season?
Edit 14 January: LIDL are selling nutrition scales today at £7.99 which will weigh in 1g or 0.05oz divisions, incase any gudgeon fans are interested.