Had a nice day today on the river even though the sky was leaden and everything was shrouded in what seemed an Autumn gloom.A typical damp November day that seems to seep right into me.Stopped on route and popped into Tadley Angling Center and picked up a few bits and also this new book out by Martin James.Only a "Pony" that's twenty five pounds sterling for those of you who do not know.
Now I've obviously not read it but had a quick flick through and it's not short on pages.367 to be precise and Martin makes a donation on every book sold to the ABF the soldiers charity.Nice touch that and I'll have a little look later,as the PAC magazine arrived in the post today and that needs reading too.Quickly back to Tadley Angling,now I'm sure many of us use this shop at various times ?But I've yet to meet a more pleasant tackle shop owner,and his bait is always spot on.Compared to some of my more local shops.If you are over that way and have never made a visit,please do so.You will be offered a cup of tea also or if you are from "Yam Land" like the Bard,it will be a "Kippa Tie".
The river was low and clear today,as the recent frosts had knocked all the colour out of it so I decided to roam about for Chub. Noting fancy or technical at all to be fair,lob worms or crust fished on link ledger weighted with two,three SSG weights.Size 8 hook and a 6lb pound hook length.Quiver tip rod made by Mark Tunley and that was it.
Looking at the river you could be forgiven to think it was devoid of fish, nothing showed at all.So I just dropped baits into various holes near any cover I could find.I ended up with a few Chub to about 4lbs and plenty of these little devils.I did have a couple taken off by Pike in two swims that I fished.And that's one in the memory bank for maybe next week.I don't know about you but with the weather being so changeable of late,I cannot even begin to think about starting a proper CAMPAIGN for one species.
I still can't find those large Chub yet though ,but I can't complain today really as I got the rod bent and I've been on the bank and only saw one other angler.To me that's a good day to be honest,and roll on next Saturday.