I'm going to keep this post short because in all fairness there's only a few things to mention. I've been scratching around my local rock and estuary marks, mainly with the LFR gear. Things have been quiet and quite hard work, much more so than usual for this time of the year. I did mange to scratch out some tiny palm sized bass though.
What I was in need of was another river session. So after a quick chat with Matt and Ben plans were set in-place and Ben and I would meet Matt in the freshwater anglers paradise that is Somerset.
We fished a series of rivers and drains in hope of chub and pike. The first spot was by far the most entertaining. The highlight for me wasn't the new personal best chub but watching Matt Jones being followed by a rather large herd of over friendly cows. Just moments later all Ben and I could see was Matt's head bobbing up and down as he proceeded to run from the cows. The cows being considerably faster than Matt, simply run ahead of him to cut him off. Despite our laughter Matt did not look amused, insistent he was about to become a victim of bovine rape.
Any way back to the fishing. As I mentioned before I did in fact catch a new PB chub. I had already caught one small chublet and Ben followed with a nice fish. With Ben's fish still being landed I hooked into a slab of a chub that proceeded to make two small runs taking line and putting an awesome bend in my 10g Graphiteleader Nuovo Bosco. Ben didn't have time to deal with his fish before mine was ready to be landed, so we had to net mine with his still in it.
After a few photos and a quick weigh we popped them back. Mine topped the scales at 4lb 6oz and smashed my previous lure caught PB, it also beat my bait caught PB by 4oz. This fish was a little on then thin side and at fighting weight I'm sure it would have been 5lb+. All but one of my chub fell to a DUO Rozante 63P in prism gill.
We carried on fishing and Ben had a few perch and Matt a chublet. We then moved on to have a go for some pike. In all honesty the pike just didn't happen and we made the choice to visit one last mark to try for some more chub before heading home. We all managed a few but Ben stormed away with 12+ fish. The rattle in his lure seemed to be making the difference. We fished through until nearly 2am before heading back. I'm looking forward to my next session already. I just hope the pike want to pay ball next time.
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