Lots of fish but so few an­glers

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THE Thames, like so many rivers, con­tin­ues to of­fer out­stand­ing sil­ver­fish sport, yet the banks re­main largely de­void of an­glers.

I watched some­one on my lo­cal stretch the other day catch­ing dace be­tween 2oz and 6oz ev­ery sin­gle cast. He was fish­ing a 13ft rod, a cen­tre­pin and a fair-sized wag­gler with the bulk shot down to­wards the hook.

As soon as the float set­tled, it would dip un­der. He told me he’d caught roach to over 1lb and ‘plenty’ of small chub to 1lb. Once rare on the tidal, these are now dra­mat­i­cally on the in­crease, prob­a­bly thanks to the clean-up of Mog­den Sewage Works.

When the Tide­way Tun­nel is in op­er­a­tion we are go­ing to have some river on our hands... pro­vided we find a way to re­duce ab­strac­tion and in­creas­ing flows fur­ther up­stream.

A cleaner Mog­den Sewage works has led to bet­ter Thames sport.

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