A recent trip to Cumbria and Scotland ignited the flame again, a trip to a syndicate water with Fred Sykes in search of wild carp was just the tonic I needed,
|brace of wildies|
then a move to another lake owned by top angler Sid Boulter confirmed the fact I needed to be on the bank again, the ever faithful fish spotter Stubble accompanied me on this occasion,
|Stubble the fish spotter|
but alas in all got a bit much, concentration levels were overtaken by the need for sleep.
On my return home the banks of the Stour seemed a very welcome place, the lack of anglers was also to my liking, I suspect that may change as the season progresses, fish were found on the first weekend of my return, the water clarity was good for fish spotting, I had soon found a small shoal of chub in the 5- 6lb bracket, these were ignored as one fish thirty yards downstream had caught my eye on the way up, this of course as ever was the focus of my attention, despite my best efforts and being a little rusty the inevitable blank ensued, several pulls were missed, a couple of seasons ago it would have resulted in a capture.
The following weekend a deluge of rain resulted in the river rising and coloring up, I should have made some cheese-paste, but having a busy day I never got around to it, that won't happen again, I will make time. Another blank, but new swims were fished, and indications on the rods told me fish were in these areas, so things are going in the right direction.
Hopefully next weekend will bring some reward, I have ordered more 3-B paste from the ever reliable Hookbait Company, I will of course keep you posted.
|Dorset Stour, their be monsters|