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So with 2 weeks to go I made my first trip of over 18 months to my local river to have a look around and see if there were any fish moving about. Upon entering the first swim which had an abundance of nettle overgrowth I was greeted with plenty of rubbish and obvious signs of recent angling activity, so I picked up all I could in the swim but will need to return will a black bag as the other swims along the same stretch were equally as bad. I also stumbled across what appeared to be a makeshift fry net which I destroyed. I had a good look for any long lines that had been left out but could see any

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Once I'd had a tidy I fired out a few mixers just to see if anything was coming up and ironically a few were taken which never happened what I used to fish this method so that was a promising sign and there was some activity between these two dead looking trees but can't bee 100% it was carp I did cycle the long route home so I could to try and get a closer look from that side but couldn't gain access

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From the bridge I could definitely see carp of which some looked decent sized but sadly this stretch is private all the way along and round the bend past those sheds, so there are fish about just hope they move down river

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Down towards the weir there was zero activity but this has always been a poor area for the carp but ideal for double figure bream

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Unless fishing somewhere the weekend I'll be back down there with some shears to cut back some of the overgrowth to make it more accessible but not too obvious that it'll be too welcoming for everyone



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Enjoy your time on the river.


Good on you for clearing the rubbish, as for the fishing activity, if you keep on reccy'ing you may well see the culprits. If you do, if may be worth giving 0800 80 70 60. Not always guaranteed results, but may get something.

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There is only 1 wooden platform right near the bottom weir and that is there for the canoeists which luckily are very few and far between as they all use the canal. The rest of the swims are what you make them without giving too much away. The opposite bank is private fishing from the houses who's gardens back onto it of which I've never seen anybody fishing from

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Back from a good few hours on local bit of river ,the magic of the twelve a clock cast & the new season .

Conditions were perfect river was up & coloured & it didn't take long for the barbel to start gracing my net .

Which was great to see as I hadn't fished this spot for a good few years .... one double in amongst them too .

Off to work now so best of luck to anyone else hitting the river banks :wink:

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