I had a change of tack on the tidal Trent yesterday. So many Bream in recant visits had me leaning towards a hemp over maggot day for some roach.
The forecast was'nt good with a sou' westerly that put my first choice swim on the back burner but around a bend I found one that might just be fishable with the wind downstream instead of in my face.
But, despite a ninety minute session with no bites I felt I had little choice to move upstream to the area where I had had Bream in recant visits.
Fortunately I had taken a bag of groundbait and my feeder rod was in the holdall ready to be used.
The swim has a snag, maybe rocks I reckon that on some stretches of the river can litter the riverbed, theyre often remarked on by many as being the same along its entire length but my experience over the years (god, is it that long ago when my dad took me and my brother for the first time as young lads?) tells me otherwise.
Finally, set up and ready I had a few casts to lay some bait as an enticementfor to any fish presant.
Second cast and a good bite saw me lose what I thought was a Bream but subsequent recasts saw some good river Bream come to the waters edge to be unhooked and realeased.
At one time I heard a buzzard call and looking skywards there were not one but seven, my previous "most" was five, later an Egret flew upstream on the far bank where its whiteness was highlighted by the line of trees that put the water in deep shade and all the while pheasants were criss crossing the river for most of my time there.
My catch kept on increasing, not just Bream but some rather chunky perch kept me busy with my three red maggot hookbait, I kept trying breadflake, a bait not generally used on the Trent but I was hoping one of the big roach would try it but other than a missed bite and one Bream it didnt proove its worth unlike the tiny river river Idle some eight miles away where roach, chub and Barbel take it much more readily.
It began to get dark so with a score of twenty one Bream and numerous perch I called it a day, I was bushed with all the effort of using two swims, the loading/unloading/ negotiating steep banks and the driving to and fro.
Thats it, time for a change, no more Bream (or piks of them).
Maybe a few pike or zander now and then in between the odd chub and Greyling trip.
Here's a perch from yesterday!
Great day tommos,A seriously great day last week. Up at 5am for a two and a half hour drive to Upton upon Severn after my first Zander.
The plan was to fish small roach on single trebles, one in the main flow in any deeper holes we could find (which took 6oz to hold despite the levels being quite nice) and one in the margins. The second part of the plan was if no bites came, move every half hour without fail. If a bite came, the clocks reset.
Fished from 8am until 10pm for one Zander between us, in countless swims, but thankfully it was my first and an absolute belter to me. “Only” 4lb 4oz but may as well be 40lb to me haha.
Worth being up nearly 24hrs for by the time I got home, and well worth the 23,000 steps which I am feeling today.
A happier angler you will not see!
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Lovely fish Philip. Do you take a tripod with you to take the pic?
Where do you get the adaptor Philip,I really like the idea of putting the phone on a bankstick...