For the last few weeks I have been walking my local river looking for shoals of Bream. Having found a suitable area and quite a few Bream I was a little excited for the opening of the season. Unfortunately the rain came and the river became a bit of a mess. However the rain has missed us for the last few days and the levels have dropped nicely.
The chosen area was raked and fed on Wednesday evening with a view to fish on Friday. I invited JDog to join me as I know he likes to Dangle. We met at 5.45pm and made our way down across the fields to the chosen spot. On route we saw numerous young Lapwings which was quite amazing as the area has been inundated with crows.
The plan was to float fish maggots and sweet corn. As we set up my companion had significant difficult getting the rubber positioned correctly, at his age I thought he would know better. I was not willing to help. 30 minutes later we were set up and awaiting the bites.
It was a beautiful sunny evening and a joy to be out in the countryside which was a good thing as the bites were few and far between. I think the flood has moved the fish to other areas. JDog managed a whopper of a Roach, around 3oz. I fared a little better with 2 similar fish, a hybrid of around half a pound and a lovely Rudd of a similar size.
On the last cast as it was nearly too dark to see, my float bobbed twice and sunk below the surface. I struck and felt a heavy resistance. After a brief struggle a lovely bronze Bream rolled on the surface then dived down for more frantic action. I was just thinking I was winning when it rolled again on the surface snapping my hook length.
We plan to return after a little more feeding and hopefully a little more settled Weather. Meanwhile JDog is practicing his rubber application.