Un­ex­pected Thames guest

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

LAST week Dom Gar­nett shared his ex­pe­ri­ences of bank­side ‘nut­ters’. Had he spent as many years as I did fish­ing the Lon­don canals, es­pe­cially the Re­gents, he would re­alise he’s been lucky.

I’ve had sev­eral re­ports of sea trout from the tidal Thames this year, and I have no doubt some of them are just that. I’ve also heard of a few rain­bows, and these are stock­ies. But when I had a call say­ing some­one had not one, but two, salmon, I won­dered.

Then the pho­tos ar­rived... and they were rain­bows.

The next text to ar­rive asked if I could iden­tify a fish. Half ex­pect­ing a ruffe pos­ing as a zan­der, or a 1lb chub im­per­son­at­ing a record dace, I opened the image to find... a chan­nel cat­fish. You never can tell!

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