Date fished 29/6/2022
16.30 until 21.30
Fishing the Swale after work today. There has to be perks with starting early and finishing early aka "flexi" at this time of year. The weather is "good", well it remained light. Time to get on the river after work.
Long day. Up at 6am, office at 7am. River by 4pm, home at 11pm.
Easy when you know a swim has produced Chub and Barbel recently in a match. Less easy in reality to duplicate that.
Xcueses excuses! I always have a few up my sleeve.
I saw another couple of anglers. One float fishing with bread and the other was too far away to chat too. The kingfishers kept me company, I saw two of them too! Didn't chat with them, they were too fast.
Bait was mostly meat, but I also had pellets in 8mm, 12mm and 15mm. I fed these and did try on the hook.
Laughed at myself after a couple of hours when I decided to cast towards a different bush. Promptly cast right into the bush. New hooklink required!
Everything dried off, the rain showers were heavy at times and at one stage, I was soaked. The warm weather soon dried me and the gear though.
Water was low, river is clear and quite full of weed on the bottom.
Other swims were looked at on the way back to the car.
Result was simple, blank!
Knowing what I wanted to catch, I persisted for the barbel. Ledger tactics targeting an area near a bush, close to an area of faster well oxygenated water, where the fish may be sat this time of year.
I used to always write a poem like this in school. The old "first letter of a word down the side" trick. Wish I knew what it was called!!??
No interest. I thought I had some knocks, but in hindsight I think it was weed on the line. It was a constant battle to clear it off the line, weight and hook.
Going to bed now!