After a pretty poor start to the year I couldn't tell you how happy I was when June 16th came around. Ok, so the bass are starting to play ball and wrasse are being caught in numbers but I was in need of another fix. I was itching to get cracking on the chub. Last Saturday was my first attempt but that didn't quite go to plan.
As darkness fell I switch to surface lures in the hope of chub and pike. Unfortunately it wasn't to be but I did stumble across and huge head of perch and I finally managed my first perch off the top on a Duo Pocopoco. I went on to catch a few more on the Pocopoco and Bait Breath Fishtails in pink. In all honestly I simply forgot about the chub and pike as I was having so much fun bagging up on 8oz perch.
After my first trip I was mad keen to get back on the rivers and really try for the chub. I arranged to meet up with Danny Parkins last night and we headed up to Somerset for an evening session. Despite the warnings from half of Devon saying not to travel alone with him, he kept his hands to himself.
Danny was full of enthusiasm and had a wealth of knowledge to share. After a quick zip up the M5 we arrived at the first mark and it was exactly as described by Danny. A spot I was "guaranteed" to get my first chub off the top.
He wasn't wrong and within a few casts and a few mistakes I nailed this little chublet. Not exactly a monster and nor was it fin perfect but I couldn't care less. I was stood in ankle deep water in trainers catching chub off the surface. Duo Pocopoco doing the damage again.
Danny hooked a better fish of a couple of pound but before he could land it the little bugger spat the lure back at him. The light was really starting to fade now and Danny suggested moving further along the river. I switched the lure to a Duo Popper 64 and worked it back on a slow twitch rather than a pop. I lost count of the amount of hits I missed. This was a theme that continued through the night but not on all takes thankfully.
Danny and I continued to miss take after take no matter what lure we used we just couldn't hook the buggers. The Duo popper 64 was certainly bringing them up and bringing up good fish, surely it was only a matter of time. We decided to move to some faster moving water. Danny pointed me to a top spot but with very little light and practically no moon light I cast my popper straight into the far bank. Needless to say I wasn't lucky enough to get it back. Danny had a cast while I rummaged through my bag and hooked straight into a much better fish of about 3lb.
Still a little sore from losing my popper, I put on a 7g crawler bait. It didn't take long to start getting rises again and a whole heap of missed takes. Until finally a good connection. Nothing huge but a PB lure caught chub of just over a pound. Soon after I had another of the same size and Danny was now pulling them out regular and all over a pound. It was now time to head home but I had to have that inevitable last cast. Well an hour later I was still fishing and still having that "last cast". To be fair I'm glad I stayed as on my very last cast I had one last fish and another PB. A stunning little fish around the 2lb mark.
What a night! Ok so no real monsters caught but I couldn't care less. I caught two PB's and had a great laugh in great company. Danny really knows his stuff and is able to pass that information on in such away you can't help but get excited, Finally getting home at 2.15am I dived straight into bed ready for work early the following day but it was definitely worth it.
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