Sorted, day two River Trent.

So after yesterdays poor results, I sorted out some feeders over-nights with two quiver rods and a reel with 6lb line loaded on it. I hand tied some hook length on a size .13  Preston Power line with a size 16s Animal hook and pellet band. Should I hook a barbel, I’ll have half a chance in landing it. I’ll make up some ground bait and see if the Roach like a small pellet.

The good news is the weather is still over-cast, not too hot, but the wind is still with us. The Acolyte Plus will still be with me, just in case the wind dies out at dusk. The swims at East Stoke are mostly deep, with 10′ being average. I’ll be fishing on a large bend where I can reach some slower water past the middle, home for the bigger Roach.

On arrival a large match was taking place, and almost every peg taken. (all the good ones anyway) So I tried further downstream, but apart from a few skimmer bream, I was out of luck for the better roach, or chub. I’m back on Thursday, hopefully with some hemp tares and casters, But I will have a back up plan, just in case?

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River Trent 18th June 2018.


Laying on in November 2017.

Landed a 11.08 and 9lb Barbel and lost a giant the next cast.

Now the season has started ( I never go opening day, now I’m retired ) I have to decided which of the two species Chub, or Roach will give me my best chance of a fish or two today? I could’nt start until late afternoon, as my wife had a Doctors appointment just after lunch. But once she had returned the car was loaded, and I was off. All I’m taking bait wise is bread and sweetcorn, the reason being bread should sort out the better of either species, and maggot or hemp could attract barbel. If I catch a barbel it’s ok, but I much prefer to target them around September time, when they have well spawned, and recovered. PS; Does the closed season seem out of kilter these days? Should it not be moved up two months, and closed in May-June?

The Chub and Roach should have spawned, recovering in the shallower water and hungry after their exhaustions.  So I’ll be fishing these spots with a Chubber style float with bread flake or punch. I’ve some mashed bread I’ll be putting into several swims along the way, ready for the evening time. My Acolyte Plus is set up with 4.4lb flatfish main line, with a 3.2lb Bayer Perlon hook link. I’m starting with a size 6 B983 Kamasan wide gape hook and a large piece of bread flake. I have the same hook in a size 12s for the Roach if I get any knocks I cannot hit.


Next time out, I’ll bring the quiver rod along!

On arrival at East Stoke I found it, not too busy but blowing a hooligan, across-stream too. I’d come to Float-fish but the River Gods were against me. Over the next few hours I tried several places, but all were much of a muchness. The wind was relentless, but not cold. The only float to work with some success was a large loaded waggler, with several no 4 and no 8 down the line. It was also one of those days when everything went wrong, I  dropped my shot box on the grass, had my hat blow off that almost got lost in the Trent. Had endless tangles due to the wind, but I still love the visit. I’d intended to fish until dark, but what with the England match on, and the day being as it was headed home for a curry and cuppa.

Next time out I will bring my quiver tip, some times I can be just a bit too pig-headed for my own good!


My Passion.

For me as a fisherman of fifty years I have one outstanding passion in my fishing, its float fishing. I try whenever I can to catch my fish on a float. So when fishing the River Trent it’s all about fishing in fast water. Stick floats or wagglers in various sizes are the mainstay of my fishing. Even in high water I’ll try to use a float, laying on or stret-pegging with a big float. I like the visual aspect of float fishing, but also the way it makes you work, hours pass by when long trotting,  at times I have to force myself to even take a drink break.

               Double figure barbel taken long trotting on Caster. September/ 2016


In previous few seasons I’ve concentrated on catching some of the Trent’s better barbel, and have had some moderate success. But this year I’d like to try for some big Chub and Roach. I know both will be a challenge, the chub run very big on the Trent, but the Roach while in numbers don’t. It would be easier to catch a 7lb Chub than a 2lb Roach. While I say I fish for the better fish, to be honest I’m just happy catching a few fish, and enjoying the nature in my surroundings.


The home of big barbel and chub.

So I’ve set out my plans for this years fishing lets see how we get on?

The River Trent.

For those of you that know little about the River Trent, apart from its existence, I hope over the coming weeks, months to enlighten you about this enigmatic river. To me as a life-long fisherman it’s my local patch but even after several years fishing it, I have a great deal to learn. So follow me on my fishing trips, when success or failure I’ll do my best to entertain and enlighten you.