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Old 01-10-2017, 10:34
Stephen Crowhurst Stephen Crowhurst is offline
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I don't mind admitting that as the autumn turns to winter, normally about November it all goes to rats for me. I don't think I've ever discovered this magic winter fishing that people describe.
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Old 01-10-2017, 13:30
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I used to go into pike mode during October and pray for high pressure and good water clarity. Nowadays it’s the opposite, and the barbel gear never gets put away.
That said, .. October is the month I can start trotting in earnest as the weed dies back, so my thoughts also turn to chub, perch,roach and grayling. Fishing according to conditions and enjoying the winter skys and scenery are all part of the angling calendar for me. I hope to find time to tempt few good Avon and Stour pike,..then before I know it it will be March.
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Old 01-10-2017, 14:01
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I don't mind admitting that as the autumn turns to winter, normally about November it all goes to rats for me. I don't think I've ever discovered this magic winter fishing that people describe.
I understand that, bites do dry up, but chose your sessions well as to when you go and it can be very rewarding, obviously fishing where there is a greater density of fish always helps, like the Wye, where the maggot feeder comes into it's own in the colder months, and what a bonus with no Kyaks, Canoes, Inflatables or whatever to be seen.
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Old 01-10-2017, 17:20
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I used to go into pike mode during October and pray for high pressure and good water clarity. Nowadays itís the opposite, and the barbel gear never gets put away.
That said, .. October is the month I can start trotting in earnest as the weed dies back, so my thoughts also turn to chub, perch,roach and grayling. Fishing according to conditions and enjoying the winter skys and scenery are all part of the angling calendar for me. I hope to find time to tempt few good Avon and Stour pike,..then before I know it it will be March.
I agree Dave, but long trotting in winter (which I love doing) crucifies my fingers
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Old 01-10-2017, 18:58
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I agree Dave, but long trotting in winter (which I love doing) crucifies my fingers
Agreed Terry,..( and my back after a few hours) . Have tried fingerless gloves but donít really get on with them.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:00
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I love this time of year and feel like a kid in a sweetshop.
Granted it can be harder work but then isn't that one of the attractions of river fishing? Barbel fishing on saturday was slow due to influx of cold water, typically waited all day for a pull and got one about 7lb around 4pm, whilst unhooking upstream rod went and I lost it - only 2 bites of the day.
I always have a whip in the quiver so used some week old maggots to catch a few minnow whilst the fishing was slow. After the barbel activity I left one rod out for barbel and converted to lievbaiting for perch under my feet, nothing huge( 1lb) but fantastic fun right into dark.And the anticipation...can't beat it.
I'll often do the same thing for pike as always have a few floats/traces in my bag and a 2 1/4t/c barbel rod will manage a good pike, so saves carting lots of rods - it's having the motivation to swap and change that can be tough.
I live a good way from the river and never quite know what I'm going to turn up to so do like to cover a few bases as you never know
The week previous I specifically went out to catch livebaits to do some leapfroggin with the pike rods - couldn't catch a roach or dace on maggot feeder but had a bumper haul of barbel/chub - best of the season.
So you never can tell.
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Old 02-10-2017, 10:10
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My season never started, I pondered renewing the ticket for the stretch I have fished for the previous three seasons, but as results were so bad it I didn't rejoin. So I haven't got the rods out yet this season. On the plus side I haven't spent a small fortune on petrol traveling to the river 3 times a week. The downside is I have put on 4 kilos and my wife wants me to sell the tackle I brought.
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