Tuesday 2 July 2019


A wander down the river for the evening, stick ‘n’ pin, half a pint of maggots and no particular plan. It’s great this time of year; you can still see your float at 10pm - so I fished until then!

Plenty of walking and plenty of fish. I landed loads of little chub and roach getting on for a pound, plenty of dace, two minnows, a gudgeon and a perch (still fairly rare on this river) - bonus!

Despite the late finish I was up bright and early the next morning for a wander along the canal, searching a five mile stretch for an elusive carp in the morning sunshine - I’d seen a few here before.

Only one carp spotted in the 5 mile section, and it wasn’t feeding, I’m sure there are more hiding out there! A quick blank-saver bream before I left it to the boats & canoes about 10am - I’ll be back!


  1. had me going for a minute.i thought perch were rare(once found by the w.morris),but a bream?then i realised it was from a canal..only an eel sat night,but 8 barbel and a chub sunday.lost one too.snagged,had to wade out in my pants,then the bugger came off.carried on commando style!

    1. Ha! I did spot a bream last season when I was trying to catch all the species - wouldn’t take a bait and couldn’t find it again - so there’s at least one (or was).

      Nice one with the barbel! I’ve been wading twice this season to free snagged barbel, but only up to my knees - so I think you’ve beat me.