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tommos16

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I stripped it right back today, one chair, one rod, size 16 hook, 3lb line straight through and a tin of sweetcorn. On a local council free to fish lake.

And I enjoyed it immensely. 20 fish, all roach, including my best which is modest by Roach standards at 1/2 a lb but was very gratefully accepted.

Setting up took me five minutes, packing up took me five and I arguably enjoyed it more than the bigger carp I've been catching. All in two hours.

I was pleased that I still got the enjoyment from simple float fishing and cheap bait as I have from the bigger fish chasing. Hoping I always stay an all rounder!

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Interesting couple of evenings on the river …target species were Roach but it turned into a real mixed bag with Roach, Chub, Bream, Wels and Carp all coming to the net.
These river Carp come in all shapes and sizes, two examples below. Although they gatecrash my Roach swim you can’t be disappointed with fish like these and they give you a real run around on the Roach gear. Apologies the photos are not the best quality but I was tired and went for speed.

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I managed to get a couple of good Roach in amongst the lucky dip ..the one below going 1.8, the only blot being I had another one that looked significantly larger, that I somehow contrived to drop back in as I was unhooking it …doh !...All the fish are coming to touch ledgering with a single rod & for sure the fishing is really interesting at the moment as you just cannot predict what will turn up & anything that does not roar off like a Carp or Barbel has me on tender hooks in case its one of the really big Roach. Roll on the next trip !

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Oiy!! You lot!! There seems to be more people on here targeting roach - they are all mine! Stick to your puddle pigs!
 
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Fancied another go after the crucians today so off to Godalming early doors. The members lake was busy-ish which I expected given the lousy forecast for the rest of the week. Spoke to a guy in one of my favourite spots who'd fished all day yesterday and last night for one tench and a small crucian....so its still off then. No matter...I fancied one of the other lakes which seem to have calmed down a bit and being early meant I could get on before the day ticket blokes rocked up.

A tench a shade over 4lb to start followed by a crucian of about 1.5lb soon followed by 2 more both going 2-6. Good start but I then had 3 fish in a row drop off for no apparent reason and I very rarely lose fish down there. Something was clearly wrong so I changed my hook and rig slightly but by then the sun was up and the bites petered out....though I did manage 2 more crucians at 2-2 and 2lb exactly giving me 5 good crucian and a tench which wasn't a bad return from a lake that's not really fishing.

Last season I had nearly all my fish on rubber corn....this season I've not even had a bite on an artificial bait though proper sweetcorn worked today as did 6mm "bogey pellets" as the BF calls them. I enjoy it there but it is a bit samey....time to try something different I think. If only I had some decent barbel fishing.

The random tench and the two best crucian
 

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