Spawn spotters your work is now done for another year(possibly)?Had a very early morning walk yesterday along a syndicate stretch I've joined for the fourth coming season.By early, I mean we were on the river for 06.00,that's with a fair drive to get to the venue.Then away by 09.00,back home then a quick shower and off to the Derby.
We walked about 4.5 miles and saw plenty of various species.The surrounding flora and fauna was in full bloom and every thing just felt right about the place.We found half a dozen small shoals of Barbel numbering about six to eight fish per group.Mostly single figure fish,but with two that were good doubles and one that may have been just nudging that figure ?And guess what ? They were on the munch hard, which says to me that this years spawning is over.I can almost hear a grown of dismay from certain individuals who are still trying to creep about unmolested,and "Spawn Spot".It was though joking aside, good to see so many fish all along the river and not just in a few hundred yards.
Now some people have a poor view of syndicates ?Some say they are elitist ? Others say they are the death knell of river angling ?Well In my view I could not give a flying fuck what people think to be honest.Never have,never will.I'm paying a few bob to fish in a limited membership venue,away from rubbish and other detritus that seems to be more and more prevalent on the bank side these days.Catch at all cost mentality,and just in general annoying fuckers.
Angling is still very cheap IMO.I had a season ticket for around 21 years at a premiership football club,that goes up and down at will.It rose from 90 quid to near 750 quid over the last twenty years or so.For around 90 minutes entertainment(or not) every two weeks.I knocked it on the 'ead as Sky TV has screwed the real football fan years ago with the staggerd kick off times.But that's a proper rant best saved for another day.A round of golf cost's me 40 quid,so what I have paid out for next seasons angling, is a good deal IMO.One Syndicate and one normal club ticket has cost less than 350 quid,for 9 months of fishing.
So their you have it folks.My view from Yat Rock.
Enjoy your Sunday.