KIlburnlad | Fishing | Best Fish

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A collection of the better fish I’ve caught over the past few years.

I’ve categorised them into Carp, Chub, Tench and other. When I got back into fishing the attraction of the ‘Commercial Lake’ naturally resulted in a lot of carp being caught, However, more recently I’ve returned to my roots by concentrating more on river fishing, in particular stalking chub.

Carp and chub therefore form the larger part of the fish that appear in this section.

Most of the photos were taken using a mini-tripod and the self-timer on the camera, so please excuse some of the strange facial expressions!

Each image shows the place and date of capture. By checking the relevant entry in the diary you will find more details. You can filter the diary by using the relevant location link, selecting the archive for the year concerned or using the species tags.

Click on the image to start a slide show.
  •  19lbs 0oz - Fields End - 9 June 2008

    19lbs 0oz - Fields End - 9 June 2008

  •  18lbs 8oz - Fields End - 18 April 2009

    18lbs 8oz - Fields End - 18 April 2009

  •  18lbs 3oz - Block Fen - 27 May 2010

    18lbs 3oz - Block Fen - 27 May 2010

  •  18lbs 2oz - Fields End - 20 March 2009

    18lbs 2oz - Fields End - 20 March 2009

  •  17lbs 0oz - Block Fen - 17 August 2009

    17lbs 0oz - Block Fen - 17 August 2009

  •  17lbs 0oz - Fields End - 23 May 2008

    17lbs 0oz - Fields End - 23 May 2008

  •  16lbs 0oz - Block Fen - 29 September 2009

    16lbs 0oz - Block Fen - 29 September 2009

  •  15lbs 6oz - Fields End - 22 October 2010

    15lbs 6oz - Fields End - 22 October 2010

  •  15lbs 6oz - Fields End - 22 October 2010

    15lbs 6oz - Fields End - 22 October 2010

  •  15lbs 2oz - Block Fen - 11 May 2010

    15lbs 2oz - Block Fen - 11 May 2010

Carp
When I was a lad, carp were fish you read about but didn’t expect to catch. The likes of Dick Walker and Fred J Taylor were the carp anglers that we read about in the Angling Times.

When I returned to fishing a few years ago everything had changed. Carp were now the species of choice for many anglers, commercial lakes providing the opportunities to catch these once mythical fish.
  •  3lbs 14oz - Fields End - 22 April 2010

    3lbs 14oz - Fields End - 22 April 2010

  •  3lbs 14oz - Fields End - 10 May 2010

    3lbs 14oz - Fields End - 10 May 2010

  •  3lbs 12oz - Fields End - 27 April 2010

    3lbs 12oz - Fields End - 27 April 2010

  •  3lbs 12oz - Fields End - 17 June 2008

    3lbs 12oz - Fields End - 17 June 2008

  •  3lbs 10oz - Fields End - 6 July 2010

    3lbs 10oz - Fields End - 6 July 2010

  •  3lbs 10oz - Fields End - 11 February 2011

    3lbs 10oz - Fields End - 11 February 2011

  •  3lbs 10oz - Market Drayton private lake - 27 June 2003

    3lbs 10oz - Market Drayton private lake - 27 June 2003

Tench
Most of the tench featured here were caught at Fields End lake where it’s fair to say the primary quarry was carp. It’s surprising that some were caught in winter, and one actually took floating bread crust.

The first picture shows the best tench I caught while fishing a private lake that belonged to the owners of a cottage where we stayed on holiday in 2003.It was a shallow heavily silted water and the tench there also came to the surface.
  •  5lbs 2oz - River Welland - 23 June 2014

    5lbs 2oz - River Welland - 23 June 2014

  •  4lbs 8oz - River Welland - 23 July 2009

    4lbs 8oz - River Welland - 23 July 2009

  •  4lbs 8oz - River Welland - 14 March 2011

    4lbs 8oz - River Welland - 14 March 2011

  •  4lbs 8oz - River Welland - 12 July 2011

    4lbs 8oz - River Welland - 12 July 2011

  •  4lbs 8oz - River Welland - 13 November 2012

    4lbs 8oz - River Welland - 13 November 2012

  •  4lbs 7oz - River Welland - 5 July 2011

    4lbs 7oz - River Welland - 5 July 2011

  •  4lbs 7oz - River Welland - 27 June 2013

    4lbs 7oz - River Welland - 27 June 2013

  •  4lbs 7oz - River Welland - 10 March 2014

    4lbs 7oz - River Welland - 10 March 2014

  •  4lbs 5oz - River Welland - 16 June 2015

    4lbs 5oz - River Welland - 16 June 2015

  •  4lbs 4oz - River Welland - 14 March 2011

    4lbs 4oz - River Welland - 14 March 2011

Chub
When I was young most of my fishing was in rivers, principally the Thames. There were no such things as the modern commercial lakes, and the natural lakes tended to be private.

After a few years fishing my local commercial lake I started to get a hankering to return to river fishing. I prefer smaller rivers with varying characteristics and like stalking chub. This requires me to travel light. No wheel barrows full of carping paraphernalia!
  •  Barbel 7lbs 1oz - Fields End - 15 June 2018

    Barbel 7lbs 1oz - Fields End - 15 June 2018

  •  Barbel 5lbs 3oz - Fields End - 21 March 2011

    Barbel 5lbs 3oz - Fields End - 21 March 2011

  •  Barbel 5lbs 0oz - Fields End - 7 April 2011

    Barbel 5lbs 0oz - Fields End - 7 April 2011

  •  Crucian carp 2lbs 7oz - Fields End - 1 April 2011

    Crucian carp 2lbs 7oz - Fields End - 1 April 2011

  •  Crucian carp 2lbs 2oz - Fields End - 27 April 2010

    Crucian carp 2lbs 2oz - Fields End - 27 April 2010

  •  Carp 10lbs - Docklow Pools - 9 September 2010

    Carp 10lbs - Docklow Pools - 9 September 2010

  •  Carp - Rivere Indrois (France) - 23 June 2012

    Carp - Rivere Indrois (France) - 23 June 2012

  •  Roach 1lb 7oz - Fields End - 27 April 2010

    Roach 1lb 7oz - Fields End - 27 April 2010

  •  Roach 1lb 5oz - Fields End - 31 January 2011

    Roach 1lb 5oz - Fields End - 31 January 2011

  •  Chub 3lbs 8oz - River Wye - 2 September 2010

    Chub 3lbs 8oz - River Wye - 2 September 2010

Other fish
A collection of other fish included not for their size but because they represent a bit of variety in terms of species and locations.

For example I’ve included a common carp caught from a river when in holiday in France, a River Wye chub, again when on holiday, and my biggest carp from Docklow Pools where we stayed for a week in 2010.

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