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River Great Ouse - Offord (5)

Today didn't start well. I left my landing net handle at home and wasted an hour going back to fetch it.

Arrival time: 10.00
Weather: Very warm for September. 26℃ when I left!
Tackle: Hardy 11' 6" Specimen Avon, Shimano Exage 400RC, link leger, 8lb line, 10 hook

Baits: Spam, bread past.
Fish: Two chub best around 2lb. Lost two fish.

The idea today was to revisit the two spots where I had lost better fish on the previous visit. This time I was equipped with my Hardy Specimen Avon rod. I bought this rod when it was on a very good deal, not wanting to pass over the opportunity to own a Hardy. I had also made a monopod to hold my iPhone for videoing since using a conventional tripod on an overgrown river bank had proved to be difficult. I made it by mounting a tripod ball swivel on an extendable bank stick.

I set up the camera and started to fish the first of the two spots. But, of course, the Gods of fishing decided that I wouldn't get a touch with the video running. After a while I moved to the second spot. Here the plan worked, as I was soon into a chub that weighed in at 2lb. Unfortunately I hadn't framed the video very well and I was largely out of shot. But it was a battling fish that nearly got into the rushes a couple of times and the more powerful rod probably saved the day.
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River Great Ouse - Offord (4)

Back to the Mill Stream with my Masterline quiver tip rod.

Arrival time: 09.00
Weather: Bright with a bit of chill in the breeze. Warmer later.
Tackle: 11ft Masterline 'John Wilson' Avon, 2oz quiver, link leger, 5lb line, 12 hook

Baits: Spam and bread flake.
Fish: Four chub best around 1¼lb. Lost two better fish.

After videoing my trip to the Chubb Stream I again set out to video this outing. I headed for the swim just below the weir outflow where I've fished previously with the hope of a quick fish. But it wasn't to be and I waited a quarter of an hour before taking a small chub of around ¾lb. I had left the video running and captured the bite and the landing of the fish.

Things then went very quiet. I was out of the sun and in the fresh breeze started to get a bit chilly. I decided, therefore, to take my rod and landing net and try a couple of the more overgrown spots that were in the sun! Casting to a run between the rushes I soon got a take and a good fish was on. Unfortunately it either slipped the hook or transferred it to a reed stem. But I had got it to the surface and it was a sizeable fish. I decided to move all my gear up to this part of the stream.
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The Chubb Stream (4)

Back to 'The Stream'.

Arrival time: 08.30
Weather: Misty start before a very hot day.
Swim: Roving
Tackle: 11ft Masterline 'John Wilson' Avon, 2oz quiver, link leger, 5lb line, 12 hook

Baits: Spam.
Fish: Two chub and one lost eel!

Today was a bit of an experiment. The second of two extremely hot days so I planned only to stay for a few hours. And I thought I would try videoing parts of the session using my iPhone. I had bought a holder for my tripod and a remote bluetooth shutter control.

I started at the pipe swim that has on two previous occasions rewarded me with an almost immediate take. But with the phone all set up, today nothing!

I moved on to the tree swim, which had also provided a quick take on earlier visits, and today it obliged again. Not a big chub, but I got it on video. My filming wasn't that great as at times the top of my head moved out of frame but a least I captured the bite and landing the fish, albeit in a mini jungle!
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River Great Ouse - Offord (3)

Once again to the Mill Stream. I took my Korum multifeeder rod that has a delicate tip for improved indication.

Arrival time: 09.00
Weather: Bright and warm with no wind.
Tackle: 12ft Korum multifeeder rod, link leger, 6lb line/4lb cast, 12 hook.

Baits: Spam and bread flake.
Fish: Two sizeable chub, smaller chub, dace and two eels.

I again fished just below the weir pool outflow. The river level was noticeable lower, perhaps by a foot to 18 inches. No water was flowing over the main weir apron, only over a secondary section. This reduced the turbulance in my swim and changed the characteristics somewhat.

I soon took a chub of around ¾lb followed shortly after by a better fish weighed at 1lb 6oz. And soon after that another chub of around 4-6oz. Then I had an eel that had swallowed the hook and caused mayhem as I tried to remove it. Slime everywhere and in the end I had to cut the line as it was impossible to hold the thing while I used the disgorger.

After this things went really quiet!
  •  Chub - 2lb 13oz

    Chub - 2lb 13oz

  •  The swim - water level lower today

    The swim - water level lower today

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River Great Ouse - Offord (2)

Back to the Mill Stream. This time I set up an Avon rod with a quill float to tempt the dace and chub that I was having difficulty hooking last week. But this didn't quite work out as planned.

Arrival time: 08.30
Weather: Bright and warm with no wind.
Tackle: 11ft Masterline 'John Wilson' Avon, float & link leger, 5lb line, 12 hook.

Baits: Spam and bread flake.
Fish: Three sizeable chub and a couple of smaller ones.

I went back to the spot I fished last week just below the weir pool outflow. I had set up a quill float with the aim of trotting the swim. Unfortunately the amount of turbulence made this very difficult. I could have tried a heavier float but the speed of the flow meant that the 'trot' was very short before the crossflow pushed the float into the reeds at the water's edge. So I switched back to a link leger.

The Masterline rod is relatively heavy with quite a stiff tip. These facts combined to make it not really ideal for touch legering while holding the rod. But I persevered. I was getting stabbing bites but couldn't hit anything on either bread flake or spam. I worked the swim by casting to different spots within the flow and at 09.40 was rewarded with a firmer pull. After a bit of a tussle in the fast current I netted a chub of just over 2½ lb (photo).


  •  Chub - 2½ lb

    Chub - 2½ lb

  •  Chub around 1lb

    Chub around 1lb

  •  Chub 2lb

    Chub 2lb

  •  Chub - 2½ lb

    Chub - 2½ lb

  •  Chub around 1lb

    Chub around 1lb

  •  Chub 2lb

    Chub 2lb

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River Great Ouse - Offord (1)

Continuing my quest for river fishing in the area I've now joined the Offord & Buckden Angling Society. Its waters on the Ouse are about 35 minutes away and include the main river and back streams. Today I fished the Mill Stream.

Arrival time: 08.45
Weather: Bright at first but clouding over and much cooler than of late. Little wind.
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, link leger, 6lb line 12 hook.

Baits: Luncheon meat.
Fish: Chub and dace, and an eel!

I had scouted the waters the previous day and decided on the Mill Stream as it looked 'chubby' and I much prefer smaller streams. I had identified five fishable spots the previous day. I started at the farthest, the tail end of a weir pool. The weir was opposite and the swim was a large eddy caused by the fast current as it struck the bank and turned back on itself. Unfortunately the flow was so strong that it just took my line and bait into the rushes. I didn't stay long although I understand that barbel have been taken from this weir pool.

I next stopped just below where the main weir pool flowed into the mill stream. It was a good looking spot (photo) and I soon had a take from a chub of around ¾ lb. Following this I was getting less positive nibbles and my next fish was an eel. It got tangled up in the edge vegetation and the hook came away send ing my tackle up into the tree overhead. I lost the hook and weights. Not being too keen on eels I decided to go to the next swim. Unfortunately it was occupied, which was quite frankly a bit unexpected.
  •  Mill Stream below weir pool

    Mill Stream below weir pool

  •  chub around 2lb to 2½lb

    chub around 2lb to 2½lb

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River Great Ouse - St Ives (1)

I joined the St Ives Fish Preservation and Angling Society this season and today tried out the stretch of the River Great Ouse on Dolphin Meadow. It wasn't an auspicious start!

Arrival time: 08.45
Weather: Bright sunshine with a freshening wind and becoming hot
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, link leger, 8lb line/ 4lb hooklink, 10 hook.

Baits: Bread/cheese paste & luncheon meat.
Fish: Nothing!

In my youth our club mainly fished the Thames but occasionally there was a trip to the 'Ouse & Cam' territory, which unlike the Thames required a river board licence. My memories are of a beautiful looking river but of not catching much, although there were troublesome eels.

With my now mature experience and newfound confidence I thought that I might catch something worthy. But I didn't. The bottom was covered with what I've always termed 'cabbages', a bit like deep lily pads that are struggling to surface. I've no doubt that if one can find a clearing among these plants it would be a killer place to fish, but even with polaroids I couldn't.

  •  Peg B8

    Peg B8

  •  Peg B8

    Peg B8

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The Chubb Stream (3)

Back to 'The Stream'.

Arrival time: 08.15
Weather: Cloudy bright with a strong breeze and becoming hot.
Swim: Roving
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, link leger, 8lb line, 10 hook.

Baits: Bread/cheese paste & luncheon meat.
Fish: Two chub, both 2½lb and two eels!

After last week's reasonably successful outing I returned today to the stream.

I started in the spot where last week I lost a fish (the pipe swim). Once again the take was immediate but this time I kept its head up and, although it was still a bit of a tussle, I managed to land a nice 2lb 10oz chub on luncheon meat. Once again it was in fine condition.

I then moved on to the more open swim (the road swim) where I took my first chub last week. This time there was no quick take but after a couple of casts I struck on a fidgety bite and thought I was into a good chub. But no, it was an eel. I remember catching little eels as a youngster but this was bigger. I also remember how difficult it was to unhook them, and nothing has changed there!
  •  Chub - 2lb 10oz [08:30]

    Chub - 2lb 10oz [08:30]

  •  First eel

    First eel

  •  Chub 2½lb from tree swim [09:30]

    Chub 2½lb from tree swim [09:30]

  •  Chub - 2lb 10oz [08:30]

    Chub - 2lb 10oz [08:30]

  •  First eel

    First eel

  •  Chub 2½lb from tree swim [09:30]

    Chub 2½lb from tree swim [09:30]

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The Chubb Stream (2)

My first fishing trip to 'The Stream'.

Arrival time: 09.15
Weather: Cloudy bright with a breeze and becoming warmer.
Swim: Roving
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, link leger, 8lb line, 8/10 hook.

Baits: Bread flake, worm & luncheon meat.
Fish: Four chub - best 2lb 10oz.

Last August I mentioned a small river that had attracted my interest. Not much more than a stream in places. I never managed to get there last year but having bought my permit I've at last given it a try.

My quarry was chub. It looked chubby but I had no idea what to expect. With overgrown banks and full of streamer weed there were in fact very few places that could be fished.

I started in a small area of open water with a partially submerged small tree just downstream (4th photo). My first cast with bread flake didn't produce any action. I then tried a worm and started getting knocks. When I reeled in a small perch with my 8 hook well down its throat I decided to change bait again.

Casting out with my ever-reliable luncheon meat it wasn't long before I got a decisive pull characteristic of a chub. And it was. Not big, probably around a pound, but it was a start. And it proved that there were chub to be had.
  •  Chub - 2lb 10oz

    Chub - 2lb 10oz

  •  Under the tree

    Under the tree

  •  Tricky chub hole

    Tricky chub hole

  •  First swim

    First swim

  •  Chub - 2lb 10oz

    Chub - 2lb 10oz

  •  Under the tree

    Under the tree

  •  Tricky chub hole

    Tricky chub hole

  •  First swim

    First swim

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Rookery Waters (2)

I last visited Rookery Waters in 2015 and remarked then how quiet it was compared to Fields End. But things have changed.

Arrival time: 09.15
Weather: Sunny with weak clouds, becoming very warm.
Swim: Pitch No. 26 Magpie Lake
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, waggler, 8lb line, 10 hook.

Baits: Bread flake.
Fish: Around 8 carp, best fish estimated at 5lb.

With the holiday park now open at Fields End I sought a quieter venue. I visited Rookery Waters in 2015 and remarked then that there were only three people on the Magpie lake. But things have changed and today there were many more.

The spot I fished last time was occupied and I pitched almost opposite. The swim was inviting with a large bank of reeds to the left and a bed of lily pads in front of me. I used bread flake and had a missed bite on my first cast. This was to be a feature of the day. I suspected roach but later hooked carp that had seemed to play a bit with the bait before a fast and sometimes unhittable take.

I had to wait a while before hooking another carp and had four by 11.00. But the guy opposite in my preferred spot was pulling out fish one after the other, some of which appeared to be a respectable size. His technique suggested a match fishing background. Whether it was the swim, the bait or just his superior ability, it was no less frustrating to watch.
  •  The pitch

    The pitch

  •  Fully scaled around 5lb

    Fully scaled around 5lb

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