I’ve put preda­tors on ice

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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.

River Ken­net

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.

River Rother

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.

River Thames

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.

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