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CARL started the season after his pre-baiting campaign with a barbel from the weirpool. Now nearly two weeks in we have had more productive sessions.

A great barbel/chub brace to start a short session for Alex

The first session was on the Sussex Ouse where we fished a swim that we knew held chub and a few barbel. We cast out a tiny feeder with a chopped boilie on the hair to where the water deepened off in to a small pool. Soon after the rig reached the bottom the tip plucked round violently and I struck.

A chub of nearly 3lb tried darting towards the snags but eventually came upstream and into my waiting net. I was amazed by the quick action.

I cast out the rig again while the chub was recovering in the net, and just as I was unhooking the fish, the rod tip smacked over. I quickly placed the net into some deeper water and picked up the rod. It instantly pulled a load of line, then went solid.

Carl went downstream to where the fish was snagged and managed to tease the fish out of the snag. The hard fighting torpedo on the end was NOT a chub!

A net full of chub after school

It darted upstream and downstream, slowly tiring it out. Carl slipped the net under it and I let out a sigh of relief; my second barbel from the Sussex Ouse and it looked about 4lb! I was very happy indeed.

We managed to get a few brace shots with both the barbel and chub. I then let both fish completely recover before releasing them back into the tiny river. I caught a few more chub but it was getting late so we headed home after a brilliant session, just under 2 hours after school!

On the next session it was Carl’s turn. He tackled up with a small maggot feeder down to a small shot, then a size 16 hook which would hold either a bunch of maggots, a pinch of bread or a small chunk of meat.

He cast out and this time he decided to hold the rod as there were many snags. We want to be quick with the strike and instantly bring the fish away from any dangers. The bite was quick and it was a decent chub.

We thought catching one fish would slow the fishing slightly, not one bit…

Carl was catching the whole 2 hours we were there and managed 12 chub in the end. They were all decent fish but there was one that stood out. Carl’s second biggest chub of the year at 5lb 12oz!

In our eyes, a great start to the season!

A 5lb 12oz chub for Carl


STOP PRESS! Hi, Carl here! I have just returned from a session on the Hampshire Avon, after chub and barbel – you’ll see how that brilliant session went by looking in the next issue of Angler’s Mail!  😉

I have spent rather a lot of time on the train lately, but have taken in some other rivers too during my away-days.

Have you been enjoying the rivers as much as we have? Even if you can’t get out at the weekend, 1-2 hour sessions after school or work are so worthwhile, especially at this time of year.



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