I’ve put predators on ice
THE predator season is underway, but I’ve struggled to get my pike and perch head on, as I just haven’t been able to bring myself to cast out a deadbait or chase perch whilst it’s been so mild.
Only last week a big catfish was caught from the Thames, and I had a manic session, once again on zigs, taking six carp to 20 lb 5 oz in just three hours, and it’s almost November! Where? Swallowfield Park, Swallowfield, Berkshire,
RG7 1QX. Swallowfield FC membership £50 plus a £10 joining fee. Tel: 07941 794154. What’s being caught? Most are targeting the chub, which grow to well over 5 lb, and perch, which have been caught to 4 lb! Tactics? Made for roving anglers, and now coming into its own, with bread flake and cheesepaste great for chub, and a juicy lobworm for the perch.
Where? Burghfield River, Burghfield, Berkshire, RG30 3RB. Day tickets £10, in advance from local tackle shops or online. Reading DAA membership £75.
Tel: 01189 867430.
What’s being caught? There are some chub to over 6 lb, as well as barbel into doubles and quality perch.
Tactics? Lures and drop shotting around features accounting for plenty of perch. Boilies to the far bank in noted swims for the chub, a few barbel and occasional carp, most falling at dusk.
Where? Fittleworth, West Sussex, RH20 1EN. Petworth and Bognor AC membership £99, from local tackle shops. Tel: 01903 77099.
I could keep on catching carp and crucians, but I would love to get amongst big perch, pike, roach and grayling, so it really is time to make the switch.
On a sad note, I hear that Fran and Mick at The Creel, in Aldershot, are calling it a day and retiring. I’d like to say a big thank-you to them for serving the local angling community for so many years, and wish them all the very best for the future.
What’s being caught? Chub to over 5 lb, barbel into doubles with some quality roach and perch, along with a wide selection of other river species, from dace to sea trout. Tactics? Roving anglers using big, smelly baits catching a few barbel, and chub to flake and cheesepaste. Stick float for mixed bags. Perch falling to lobworms and lures, which also account for the pike, which go to 19 lb.
Where? Bottom of Medley, Oxfordshire. Oxford & District AA membership through local clubs such as The Masons at £10 per year or Littlemore AC at £12 per season. Day tickets £8 on the bank; £5 from Tony Gee at Ace Tackle & Bait, Kidlington on 01865 372066.
What’s being caught? In a recent match the top three anglers weighed in over 55 lb of quality roach and perch. Tactics? Pole at between 7 m and 13 m is scoring, with worm over chopped worm best. An EA electro-fishing survey at Godstow Lock turned up lots of double-figure barbel! Tel: John Harding 01829 732748. What’s being caught? Roach, skimmers and perch.
Tactics? Pole best, with chopped worm and casters over a fine groundbait for mixed bags, and bread punch over liquidised for the roach.