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On that stretch of the 'natural' river that flows around Newark there are few stretches where day tickets are available. Kelham Hall have a good number of pegs, Smeaton's Caravan park have 8 and there are others on the A1 fishery. The latter also have a stretch of the navigable river below the...
........but just occasionally someones comes up and says, 'I've got one of those in my wardrobe, would you be interested?' I acquired a Sharpe's Avon and a James Mk4 carp like that, very cheaply.
When that happens I forgive the dog a lick of my boilies!
The other year I was fishing and this little chap got his sense of direction wrong and dropped into the Trent. He did not seem to be a good swimmer so I fished him out with my landing net and repatriated him into the field behind.
Another vote for my I-power rods. They have been used so much they are in need of refurbishing.
Most of my big barbel this season have been caught on a Sharpe's impregnated cane rod and a Mill tackle Barbus reel, so I guess that is my current favourite set-up.
Knowing where Steve usually fishes I would like to think that such bad angling practice is not the reason.
However, my guess would be a soft bait and a 'confidence' rig which would avoid bolting, coupled with lousy bite indication. Still not good angling practice though.:mad:
At 73 myself, I can buy into your feelings about not wishing to fish through the night. I accept that it may be an efficient way of maximising your catch rate, but that is not for me. Personally I try to fish away from the crowds. On my first 6 sessions this season I only saw someone else on one...
It has been a slow start for everyone I think. The odd person has had a reasonable bag but not like in previous starts to the season. Blame the June high water making conditions not ideal for spawning.
Personally my start has been a good one, although usually just the odd fish with a couple of...
Where I have been fishing on the Middle Trent I have been catching just the odd barbel, not big catches. However, my first 5 barbel were all over 11.07 and had not spawned. My 6th was 9.14 and looked spawned out.
I gather that those fishing the shallower stretches are catching more and...
I have just listed on eBay two reels, each with a spare spool and another listing for a separate spare spool. Many on here will know what cracking barbel reels these are.
One of the reels has it's original box, docs, oil bottle and spare spool and has a Buy it Now price of Â£90.
Give it a whirl John. I will be out tomorrow, but not expecting to catch a bag full. I think a fish will be a bonus tomorrow with the frosts we are getting. The temperature will be down and the river is at normal winter levels.