Weather -1c Start River - Bank high and pulling hard
With the river and boat dykes all clear but flowing hard, we decided to head into the city and find some sheltered water somewhere. There was still plenty of weed and floating rubbish all over the river from the recent bad weather but we were determined to find some fish. Our starting point today would be the Playhouse swims and by just after Eight am we are moored against the wall and have Two rods out each, all sporting dead baits. We had not been able to collect any live baits again but had figured a dead bait leaking a scent trail may help in the "Heavy" conditions. You can see from the picture below, the river is still more of a Brown colour than the normal Green.
We have to adjust our rigs to suit the faster flow today and we just cant seem to get the balance right. Two hours later we still have not had any interest or even seen anything move which is unusual in this area. A quick move downstream is next and we settle in the turning basin at about Ten thirty.
Its 10:45 when my float cocks and slides across the top. A brief scrap and an 8lb Pike looks very put out as it lays on the mat.
Neil is next in the action. His bait has been positioned in the "Shit Pit" swim close to the back of the boat. At 11:45 the Smelt starts to move and he lifts into a lively fish that gives a good account of itself. This one goes 10lb 13oz and keeps up the run of double figure fish we have caught in this swim.
With no further interest in the next couple of hours and the debris on the line getting worse by the minute we pack up and head home at just after 2pm...