With a week booked off work, some time on the rivers couldn't come quick enough. Having spent the last few weeks exploring the beats on my ticket I was in need of a good fish.
Having caught numerous brown trout and small sea trout, I was yet to break the one pound mark. Having seen a very good size sea trout and also a simply huge grayling my hopes were building for a decent fish.
Monday saw Ben and I meet and head off to one of two beats we were yet to explore. Initial impressions of the beat were not good with very few fish seen but it wasn't long before my spirit was lifted and my heart was set racing. Ben spotted a fish well over the 7lb mark sat in the flow waiting for my lure. After a few casts each the fish spooked and we were left optimistic but in all honesty a little disappointed. Still we were so pleased to see a decent fish.
We both had a few trout but nothing over half a pound. The above fish not quite 7lb but a welcome sight at the end of the beat. We then headed off to check out another beat and see if there were any sea trout of a decent size hanging about. No fish spotted but we did stumble across a very nice looking mullet spot with several 5lb+ fish seen. We will definitely be visiting this spot again armed to the teeth ready for the mullet.
We decided to pop in on one last river before popping home and I switched tactics from a 6g spinner to a 5cm Rapala CD05 in silver. With nothing more than a few follows I wasn't overly hopefully but after spotting a nice deep looking hole a quick pitch and before I knew it, fish on! A short fight later I had landed my biggest river caught trout of the season. I would estimate the fish to be 1lb 4oz.
Now I'm fully aware the season is early but I am optimistic it wont be long before Ben and I land a nice salmon or sea trout. After all we have seen two fish that are clearly over 7lb, one was obviously an old fish but today's was so silver and fresh it's obvious they are working their way up the river. Bring on some more rain and raised levels I say.
A quick thank you to Ben Church for the photos.
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