Cam flyer could conk out?
EVERY experienced angler must surely know at least one peg that defies everything the angling textbooks tell us?
It could be a swim that looks absolutely perfect but never produces, or it could be one that looks completely nondescript but always holds fish.
For me, the ‘Conker Tree’ peg, above Clayhithe Bridge on the River Cam, is a prime example. It’s always been a flyer for chub, but why?
Yes, it’s a tree, but it offers no overhanging shelter, unlike many nearby willows shunned by chub. Depth is a mere 4 ft, and the main flow runs mid-river rather than along the far bank.
Perhaps its roots extend out, offering sanctuary for the shoal?
But not for much longer, I fear. On a recent visit I was sad to see that this famous tree is now dead. If chub remain in the peg after its inevitable felling, that would be a real puzzle to solve.
targeted bream at this Luton AC water, landing seven to 9 lb 12 oz on an overnighter while his son, Ethan, concentrated on carp, matting three double-figure fish. Venue latest:
NR14 6DH. Day tickets £5. Gt. Yarmouth & Norfolk AA season membership options available. Tel: Andy Wilson-Sutter on 07990 572729.
What’s being caught? Bream to 5 lb with lots of skimmers still feeding well, nets of 50 lb-plus on the cards. Some big roach also starting to show, Nick Larkin having one of 1 lb 12 oz in a recent match. Fish are well spread between the Boards at the upstream end, down to well past Langley Pump.
Groundbait feeder with worms and fluoro maggots for the bream, skimmers and big roach. Pole or stick float with red maggots over groundbait or loosefed hemp and casters for lots of smaller roach. lodges, touring caravan facilities and bait shop. Day tickets £6.50 one rod; £8.50 two rods on The Pit. Tel: 01354 740199.
What’s being caught? Carp to doubles, barbel to 8 lb, roach, perch, occasional chub and some big ide from The Pool. Deep Pit for carp averaging
11 lb with the chance of a 20 lb-plusser.
Tactics? Pellet waggler with 8 mm feed and hook baits, or margin tactics with paste or meat for the carp on Deep Pit. Pole or waggler with pellets, casters, maggots or corn for mixed bags on The Pool.
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