Low-level fun

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

WITH the an­nual ‘draw-off’ in place on the semi-tidal sec­tion of Thames be­low Ted­ding­ton Weir I took the op­por­tu­nity to walk along the fore­shore that is ex­posed by the ex­tra fall of around 4ft. The big­gest sur­prise was the num­ber of cock­les – how do they sur­vive in what is only slightly brack­ish wa­ter?

There are the usual swan mus­sels – although fewer than of late – ze­bra mus­sels and large fresh­wa­ter shrimps, again ap­par­ently down in num­bers, un­der the peb­bles. Un­der a larger stone I found an elver.

It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to see the po­ten­tial snags – in­clud­ing what look like three brick walls stick­ing out at per­fect feeder range in one spot. I dread to think how much tackle would be lost on those!

I was sur­prised to see lots of cock­les on the semi-tidal Thames.

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