Well can you ? All week the various news channels and weather websites have been promising an "Indian Summer" for this weekend.More so for Saturday and with this in mind I thought I would go out, even though the dreaded "Man Flu" is trying to give me a kicking.The thought of sitting by the river as opposed to sitting at home being grumpy and congested was a good thought.Utter cobblers as yesterday the sun never popped it's head through the low cloud once.A damp and and sullen day it was too.
I thought I would have a go for the large Chub,that inhabit this stretch of river.What do I class as a large Chub ? Over six pounds is what I was after,though they are rumoured to go nearer eight pounds.The largest I have ever seen on the bank was a 6.15lb(Very honest that) and indeed that was some six year ago.
Arrived at the river around 09.00 and fished through until 19.00.This particular beat had more anglers on it yesterday than I have seen all season.Perhaps the "Butterfly Anglers" were looking forward to a little late Autumn sun ? Hard luck all round I think.The river had a little more colour and push than I had hoped for.And after an hour fishing large crust baits,and the weed catching this up I opted to switch to paste baits.
I roamed around all day and regret it now.As I did not bother with a chair,I just sat on a mat or a damp river bank and my back feels like I've been pulled on a rack.And only one Chub came my way around 4lbs in weight I guess.I did miss a couple of bites with my slow reaction.As ever they came while eating or drinking.I'll be back for another go when it's gets a little colder.As undoubtedly some large Chub are in attendance and when the weed dies away the crust or liquidised bread method will come to the fore ?I did have the pleasure of chatting to Martin James for a while and he pulls no punches in his views of certain things in the angling world.Nice to hear someone speak his mind.At the end of the day when I got home I was shattered,getting to old maybe to walk about four miles up and down when you feel like death ?
A little photo from yesterday.It should have been beaming with the Sun about this time. Harrumph.
Now I do not really know what has kicked "off" over on the Fishing Magic Forum? But something must have ?I tend to look in at FM most Sundays.And I think some good stuff is posted to be honest and a lad called Peter Hayes recently published and article about catching "Big Chub on Boilies".I thought that was very good,even though I do not post on their or very few angling forums.I think it's fairly enjoyable as it's not just single species anglers,hence a more balanced view.I noticed Ron "The Hat" Clay has thrown his hat into the ring,and jacked.Never met Ron,doubt I will.But by Christ does he make me chuckle.Talk about getting a bite,the man excels at the "Forum Game".I'd have a pint with him any time.So for you lot who have had enough ? This is for you ;-0.
Enjoy your Sunday,I shall now take more Day Nurse and what ever else.And moan as only a man can do when ill.Good job we don't have to give birth!