Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas trip to the Bristol Avon 23-12-14

07.00 this morning I got out of my car
at Limpley Stoke.
Having driven through rain all the way from Bristol,
I was surprised to find it dry.
Well I set up a usual ledger rig BUT
I put a groundbait feeder on instead.
Loading it with a groundbait mix
and pellets.
The hook length was four foot long
with a size 6 with a hair rig.
On the hook I put a Halibut bollie
and Maggots.
The second rod was
a float rod with a home made
goose quill float.
The feeder rig was cast out to
a crease just short of half way.
I cast this one out every 10 minutes or so.
The float was baited with Maggots (these 
I had flavoured with  Turmeric).
Well around 8.30 I had shy bite, then the rod tip
pulled round. 
I lifted into the bite and bingo fish on.
The usual Chub tussle and the fish was in
the weeds at the bank. But no problem
a short pull and this 3lb 6 1/4 oz Chub was in the net.
 The float rod only had one blip
as a possible bite, so I put it aside and got out my
other feeder rod.
This one had a Maggot feeder, which I cast under an overhanging
bush to my left.
This rig also failed to attract any attention.
All the time my first rod was slowly
piling in the ground bait.
The occasional  rod tip movement
showed there was some interest still.
An hour later another pull round on the rod tip,
and Chub No 2 was on its way to the net.
This one did not fight so hard, I found out why
when I had it in the net.
As can be seen this 3lb 5oz fella
had an injury that was healing over.
I'm not sure what caused this, the other side of the Chub
had no injury at all.
 So its heading towards 10.00am
and I have to decide whether to move or not.
In the end I decided to stay put and keep trying.
Well there was still signs of interest, so I  
settled down to see what happened.
Well as I intended to head home to do what was waiting to be done
at 1pm. I started to pack up around 12.50.
With my back to my rods, my son who popped down for a chat
shouted that the groundbait rod was doing a merry dance.
Well the third and final Chub, 3lb 9 1/4oz,
came in to the net.
What a magic session.
One of the best parts of the day
was the rain kept away till I had packed up.


Russell Hilton said...

Good result that, Pat. Have a good Christmas.

Pat said...

Same to you Russell. Looking forward to the next session. Hopefully before The New Year.