Ireally say this, but I’m glad that September has arrived, as August weather can be very unpredictable and the fishing at times frustrating.
This year conditions changed daily, and I recall temperatures fluctuating 16 degrees in 24 hours. And as for the wind, there hasn’t been much of it to stir the fish into feeding.
I spent most of my time perfecting the art of zig rigging for carp, and can now say that although I still have lots to learn, I feel competent at reading the conditions, feeding correctly, picking the right swim, placing a rig at the right depth and bagging a few fish for my efforts.
I recently caught two fish in a short afternoon session, both 20s, the best a proper ‘character’ of 26 lb 4 oz. Guess what I will be up to next August?
Fishers Green, Waltham Abbey, Essex. Controlled by
The Fishers Green Consortium of Angling Clubs. Local angling clubs can join, such as Palmers Green AS, membership £66.50 plus a £10 joining fee.
Tel: 07758 157882.
What’s being caught? Some monster chub and barbel have been caught this season, including a 16 lb 4 oz ‘beard’ and a 7 lb 5 oz chub to in-form Darren Poole.
Boilies have been working well. Darren’s fish came over CC Moore Hemp & Krill. Keep on the move and don’t ignore small taps, as these fish are wise. Best at dawn and dusk.
Newick to below Barcombe Mill Bridge, East Sussex, BN8 5EA (Anchor Inn). Controlled by the Ouse Angling Preservation Association. Copthorne DAS members have access. Membership £85.
Tel: The Carp Shop, Horley, on 01293 407687.
Chub, roach and perch in the faster water below Newick, along with carp and bream in the slower, deeper stretch downstream of the Anchor Inn.
Tactics? Trotting a stick float and maggots is producing silver fish, including chub to 3 lb, or feeder for the bream and carp.
Where? Desborough Cut, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, DESCRIPTION: this multi-lake complex offers 11 brilliant lakes. There are small pools for three anglers up to a 12-acre, featurefilled pit for specimen anglers. Also a dedicated silver fish pool and match lakes for competitive anglers. Disabled swims are available on many lakes, and there is an on-site toilet and shower block. Many visit for the specimen fish, which include catfish to 100 lb and carp to 49 lb. On the match lakes there are carp to 20 lb, tench and barbel to 8 lb, bream to 6 lb, perch to 3 lb 8 oz, roach and chub to 3 lb, ide and F1s to 2 lb, with rudd to 1 lb.
due to an abundance of features, including islands,
What’s being caught? Plenty of silver fish, including roach, dace, bleak and perch, along with occasional big chub. Tactics? This cut gives the fish some respite when the river is in full flow, so when the rains come it can be a great area for silver fish and predators. Pole and maggots for bags of small fish, or feeder across to the far bank for the bigger chub with a few bream and barbel.
River Wey Navigation
Where? New Inn at Send to Papercourt, and Walsham
Gates to Thames Lock, Surrey. Controlled by Thames Valley
AA. Members of affiliated clubs can fish, such as Byfleet AA, membership £57 plus a £25 joining fee. Day tickets £3 from local tackle shops, including Apollo Angling, or £5 on the bank. Tel: 01932 341527.
What’s being caught? Autumn and winter silver fish sport can be very good. Also barbel, chub and carp present, with plenty of pike and perch.
Tactics? Pole with chopped worm and casters. Small lures and drop shotting for the predators. Boilies for the carp and barbel, but location is the key to catching. Where? Mytchett Lake Bridge to Mytchett Place Road Bridge, Frimley, Surrey. Day tickets £5, from local tackle shops, including Yateley margins and sunken bars, spending time with a marker float gives good results. The specimen lakes have depths of 4-6 ft, with deeper spots dropping to 8 ft, although Lake 8 does have some deep holes down to 15 ft. Boilies and pellets are good bait choices, but don’t ignore a clip of maggots. There are no silver fish in the specimen lakes, so maggots are very good. Meat and worms also work for the cats, but most anglers target the carp and gear-up for the cats as a bonus. Feed a mix of particles and maggots by spod, and then clip a PVA bag of maggots to the rig before casting. On the match lakes float fishing with
SHOULDN’T ■ Duncan’s 26 lb 4 oz fish from his afternoon of zigging. Tactics? Where? What’s being caught?