First time on the bank today for around ten days and with the low rainfall I thought I would chance my arm for a Chub or two.It has been well documented over the last couple of weeks, concerning the lack of rainfall these last two years or so in the South East of the country and our rivers are running very low.I decided to fish a beat of river that holds some good Chub and Barbel,but this was the sight that greeted me today........ The gravel at the back of the photo should be under water and I really am concerned of how things will pan out if we do not get adequate rainfall in the Spring,it does not bode well for the summer months if things continue in a similar vane.I know I have touched on this in the past and it does feels reminiscent of Ground Hog Day,but if things do not improve I may leave the rivers for a while next season and concentrate on a few lakes.Who wants to target fish in isolated pools of water?
I decided to feeder fish today with maggots as bait,trotting was off the agenda after a long day in the pub yesterday watching the football and the rugby.I needed to just sit back and relax and let things just pass me by,to think about this and that as I do when alone on the bank.Night fishing crossed my mind as there is a debate over on Fatwa at the moment about this subject.I used to really enjoy night fishing,but would much rather fish into dusk then get home now.Some anglers,as discussed in the thread have no choice but to fish in the dark and a huge number of large Barbel and Chub seem to visit the bank at this time.Why is this?Pressure on some rivers is as strong in the dark hours as it is in the daylight.I would not ever suggest a ban on night fishing,as once you ban one section of our pastime then surely others will follow suit and that lays us as anglers wide open.One poster though Damian Kimmins makes some salient points and it's worth a read.
Anyway I only manged the one Chub and it was only the bite I had,a very gentle pull round on the quiver.The swim I fished is normally very productive,a classic Chub raft.But today was different,very nice few hours in the sun though,but please,please can we have some rain?
And keeping with all things Chevin,Fishing Magic has some good articles from non "Named" anglers and I do enjoy this guys stuff.I think the lad writes really well and conveys his angling trips in a good way.As for the forums,like most I think it's the same people going over and over the same shite.Close season debate anyone?
I've just realized I have not had a pop at anyone today,or even a piss take.I must be getting old.