HARD TO IMAGINE A BETTER RIVER THAN THE THAMES...
...and Tony’s huge early-season bream haul proves why
OUNG matchman Tony Curd has now made a ritual of taking his first casts of the season on the bottom end of the non-tidal Thames.
This time round, in the first five hours from midnight to dawn, he amassed an astonishing 70-plus bream for what must have been close to 400lb.
The Thames had its dace heyday in the 1980s, and following their decline in numbers from the early 1990s onwards it was the turn of the bream.
Where they go for much of the season I have no idea, because there are so many it is almost inconceivable that a feeder could be thrown mid-river without landing near some. Yet when the river goes into summer mode – still and clear – or in winter, when it clears with frost, it is virtually impossible to buy a bite.
These days the lower Thames is rammed with fish. The dace are back in abundance, and roach of many year groups, from ounce fish to the odd giant over 2lb and thousands between 4oz and 1lb, Tony Curd has made a habit of taking huge bream hauls from the Thames. are plentiful too. Yet most anglers present are in bivvies, fishing for carp or barbel.
The biggest problem is finding a spot to park, but when the Thames is in the form it is right now it’s difficult to think of better, more varied fishing anywhere.