Thursday, 19 January 2012

Sunday 15th January 2012

Weather  -3c Start rising to +6c during the day

Venue     River Wensum Norwich City Centre

With a rock hard white frost and temp at -3c it took a bit more care and attention to load the gear onto the boat and get under way. I had already collected the live baits on Saturday afternoon to save time and we left the mooring in the dark with all the nav lights on display. As usual we set up most of the rods on the journey into the city so we are ready to go as soon as we get there. We have decided to try another swim today, not far from the law courts.
As we tie up to the bank ironwork around 8am, there are fish "topping" all over the river which hopefully is a good sign.
We soon have one rod each out, Dean and Neil fishing live baits off the back and i position a dead "Bluey" slightly up stream.
Its 50 minutes before Deans Roach is taken and a small but lively 5lb fish is boated. Despite trying different baits and tactics, nothing more materialises from this swim, so we decide to move back towards the Turning Basin area.
The move does not take long and we are all fishing again by 11am in the new spot near the Novi Sad bridge. Dean has stuck to his live Roach while myself and Neil fish float ledgered Smelt and Bluey.
Again its Deans live bait that goes, this time a slightly smaller 4lb Jack is the culprit. Lunch time comes and goes without any further action, all three of us trying different baits and set ups to no avail. 
We finally admit defeat around half 2, heading back to the marina in bright sunshine as we go. Im not really sure why we struggled today, apart from the freezing start the river looked ok and there was plenty of bait fish active too.
Still cant complain as it was a fairly relaxing day in the end. Just time for a few hours sleep and im into work later tonight.

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