WHAT A START!

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Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

HE river sea­son is usu­ally a bit of a dodgy fire­work which starts slowly and only gets a lit­tle more im­pres­sive the longer you wait. Not this year, though!

River record bar­bel, big chub, huge nets of bream, spec­i­men carp, and even a few no­table sil­ver­fish catches have found their way into land­ing nets, prompt­ing many to rank this start as the best in re­cent mem­ory.

Driv­ing over the River Trent the other day to see lines of white vans and pegs packed with an­glers was a wel­come re­minder of just how much of a resur­gence there’s been in river fish­ing over the last four or five years.

Half the bat­tle is ac­tu­ally find­ing the fish to start with, as these wild crea­tures don’t al­ways stick to the rule book, and a comfy peg for us isn’t al­ways a pre­ferred lo­ca­tion be­low the sur­face for our tar­get species.

There are some real gems out there if you’re pre­pared to put the time in, and the more days I can spend on the river ‘find­ing the fish’ the bet­ter. At least that’s what I tell the wife!

And it’s not just the big, fa­mous waters like the Trent, Wye, Severn or Thames which are in form. The tiny River Bain in Lin­colnshire, a stone’s throw from the coastal hol­i­day parks, is one of the UK’s big­gest hid­den gems. On our visit we were treated to near-2lb roach, dace push­ing a pound (when did you last catch one of those?) and chub you can of­ten only dream of. It’s free fish­ing too. There are lots of won­der­ful, in­ti­mate wa­ter­ways around and this week we’ve picked out a few for you to head for in our bumper Where to Fish sec­tion. You might have to beat down a few net­tles, but it will be worth it.

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