14/03/08, R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase LQ.
Water temperature 46f.
 
Letyon and myself met up at 9am for the last day on a much better day than the day before. It was bright and almost calm and the river looked good with a little extra water and colour. I stuck it out on the barbel rods from the word go in a peg where I saw a good fish top. Leyton tried various methods to at least catch something, and was rewarded with a little jack of 6lb's late afternoon, before sitting out the last few hours on the heavy stuff. The only interest I had came after 6.30pm with a few taps and pulls, but by 8pm after a 10 hour slog, we'd both packed up and were heading home. A disappointing end to the season, but it was a great day weather wise. 
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13/03/08, R Derwent at Borrowash.
Phase LQ -1.
Water temperature 45f.
 
A guest day for me thanks to Alan Booth and Derbyshire County Angling on a river that I haven't fished for many years. We met up at 8am on a pleasant but breezy morning, and even though it was a new experience, I went for my usual approach of groundbait feeders, but alternated my choice of baits. There were quite a few other anglers on, and Matt joined us too at lunch time, but no one had a thing, probably due to the cold water that went in over the previous few days. We packed up rather disappointed at 7pm, especially as the Derwent lads have been catching more fish through the winter months than I would expect to catch on the trent, but it was nice to meet Alan, and a big thank you to him. 
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12/03/08, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase LQ -2.
Water temperature 45f.
 
I fancied a few hours on the trent after work even though the wind was still pretty gusty. I had both rods in on meat around 6.30pm watching the wind bounce them all over the place. I didn't know if I had a chance or not, or even if I would be able to spot a knock, but at 7.15pm one of the rods started bobbing up and down so I picked it up to feel a fish on. After a spirited fight I had a 9lb 10 in my net. I fished on, but decided to pack up happy at 8.30pm  with a day session on the Derwent lined up for the morning.
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11/03/08, R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase LQ -3.
Water temperature 45f.
 
A half day session, but also to meet up with Steve Kimpton of the BCC, who had kindly made up a lot of dead cows for me, so we can make our own super sized feeders for next season ( A really big thank you to Steve for that ).  The weather was very nice, the river was up with some colour and there were quite a few anglers on. I also got to meet Jim Ufton, but didn't get to meet any of its residents, but I have got an idea to try for next season. Jim has been catching well on something that he has found, and its reminded me of something I tried a few years ago. 
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6/03/08, R Trent at Barrow.
Phase New -1.
Water temperature 45f.
 
Jochen, Leyton and myself met up for a few hours to try out a few pegs on the previous nights stretch. I opted for the all meat approach again, where as leyton and Jochen went for pellets, but only Leyton managed a few taps and pulls of any description on pellets, which is disappointing on what looks like a great winter peg for all species. Still it will be a good stretch to try in the summer when the fish are more active.
 
With the last week of the season upon us, I've got two and a half days holiday next week, and should be fishing every day from Tuesday to Friday with various people on the Derwent, Trent and perhaps the Dove too, so the next updates could well be a week or more away, but hopefully we will have something to show. 
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5/03/08, R Trent at Barrow.
Phase New -2.
Water temperature around 43.5f.
 
I fancied a few hours in a new spot on a stretch that I've never fished before, knowing it would be difficult after the last two frosty nights. Again I went for an all meat attack in a very deep slack stretching out into the middle of the river. I guessed that I had 11 or 12 feet of hardly moving water which looked like it would have fish laying up in it, but I never had a sniff during the few hours that I tried, so I packed up at 9pm. 
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28/02/08, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase LQ -1.
Water temperature 46f.
 
Well a night that was definitely a case of 3rd time extremely lucky. I managed to drop into the previous 2 nights peg after a guy who was piking packed up just after I landed. Leyton had been there for a while and was getting a few plucks on a very much milder night than the last two that I'd fished. With the fish only plucking at my baits the previous nights, I opted for BP spam on both, cast in and sat down. At 7.15pm one of the rods was away as something made off with the meat, but my first impression was that it was a small fish probably about 5lb's as it didn't seem to have any real weight to it. But then it came up near mid-river and crashed dived, and in my head torch it looked decent. Still no serious bend in the rod as it came towards us and then went off downstream. But then the fight totally changed as the rod looped over 3ft and stayed there. The fish wasn't fighting anymore, but felt a hell of a lot heavier. On landing it, we could see that the hook was in one of its pelvic fins and it went 10lb 10 on my scales.

It looks like on its last run the hook pulled and luckily found somewhere to latch onto. Leyton suggested the idea, and after thinking about it, I agree with him. For 2 mins the fish seemed nothing special and then the feel of it completely changed. Even the angle that the hook was sitting at fits the idea that it pulled out and then nicked it's pelvic muscle as it went along its body. Unlucky for Leyton on the evening, and I packed up at 9pm.
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27/02/08, R trent at Swarkestone.
Phase LQ -2.
Water temperature 46f.
 
Back to the same stretch to try again on a better phase. I put out both rods as the previous night, but with the hook baits fishing different areas. Again I had one knock at 7.05pm, but this time on the boilie in the same spot as the previous nights knock. Obviously the fish are there but want something different,  so I'll be back on Thursday evening to try something else which they might prefer, but at least the spot is pre-baited for me. 
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26/02/08, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase LQ -3.
Water temperature 46f.
 
A short session after work to try out a peg which does hold decent sized average fish on a still windy evening. Again I put out pellets on one rod and one of my own boilies on the other. Not a good one on the charts, but I needed to get out. The only knock that I had came to the pellets at 8.05pm and I gave it till just after 8.30pm. The river had a little extra water on, but I had guessed right about where the fish would be holding.   
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23/02/08, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase Full +2.
Water temperature 47f.
 
Just a short session with my son Carl allowing us to put 4 rods out and again try out my home made boilies on two of our rods, but it wasn't to be. We never had a knock or anything, but the river looked ok and the temperature was well up on Thursday's figure. There were quite a few anglers out with the milder weather and the close season drawing ever nearer. I have some more days booked off and intend to get back to 3 nights a week for the last 3 weeks of the season.
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21/02/08, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase Full Moon.
Water temperature 42f.
 
Leyton and myself met up around 11.30am for a foray with the water still on the cool side, but at least on the up. We weren't the only ones out, as there were a couple of guys already fishing. We started well apart from each other with Leyton choosing a very nice looking swim that yielded a chub of 4lb 10. I chose a more known barbel swim and put out my 5 oz feeders just inside a crease. I've been making my own boilies over the last few weeks, using a flavour that no-one actually produces as a boilie, and today was another chance to try them out but in very difficult conditions, so they went out on one rod with pellets on the other. At 3.30pm, an alarm sounded as something picked up the "yellow peril" and set off downstream with it, but as I tightened in to it, it turned to run again and the hook pulled. The hook was twisted at 90 degrees to the braid, and obviously hadn't been able to do its job properly. The only other bite I had came at 5.40pm to the pellets, and I later found that hook completely upside down.
By 7.30pm we'd both packed up, but after just three sessions I've had something on my boilies so hopefully I can land something on them before this season is done and dusted.
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17/02/08. R Dove at Scropton.
 
With the cold nights well and truly upon us, I fancied a few hours trotting maggots for anything I could find. The afternoon was pleasantly warm after the hard frost with the banksides still frozen and frosty even mid afternoon. It took me a while to find the fish in deeper water than where they would normally be, but after half an hour of searching they started to put in an appearence. I ended up with a few grayling and brownies to just over a 1lb as well as losing a few of each species too, and there wasn't another angler anywhere to be seen on my stretch. With milder weather forecast, Leyton and myself are going to have a go for the barbel on Thursday, as we both have a day off work. 
 
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11/02/08, R Trent above Shardlow.
Phase 1st Q-3.
Water temperature 43f.
 
Leyton and myself met up at lunchtime to try a stretch that we hadn't fished for a while, but from the opposite bank. After the early frost, it was a warm sunny afternoon, but the water temperature was down on the weekend so a good spell on the charts was looking difficult. We picked spots quite apart from each other and sat back. Leyton missed a rod bending bite on meat early on and ended up with nothing for his efforts and alternating baits. I had one bite at 4.19pm which I thought might be a barbel due to its gentle nature, but it turned out to be a 5lb chub. We packed up at 6.30pm with the air temperature dropping rapidly. The forecast for the next week isn't good temperature wise, and the trent has now fallen into its tough winter mode.
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9/02/08, R Dove at Scropton.
 
A few hours float fishing with my son Carl to get him into river float fishing. I had a couple of spots in mind, and was surprised that we couldn't get a bite in the first one. The river looked great with a little colour and extra water on, and even the weather was in our favour, but those grayling were not playing. A change of spots put us onto some fish, and within afew casts we'd landed a couple of brownies and a nice grayling. We spent another hour in the spot and lost quite a few more before moving on to another couple of spots, which again didn't throw anything up. A few other guys were out after the barbel, and they were all struggling too. Leyton and myself are back on their trail on Monday, just hope this weather holds for us.
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7/02/08, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase New Moon.
Water temperature 45f.
 
Leyton and myself met up to try the same spot as previous with about 4ft of extra water on. Leyton was fishing for 4.30pm whilst I landed at 6pm. We wanted to try out some new boilies between us, Leyton's being some that he had bought from a shop, whilst mine were home made. With a decent spell in mind, I had hopes of something, but the surprise of the night was the chilly wind that was blowing strongly at times in our open location. As it was, we never had a thing between us, but we both have a half day off on Monday so the boilie trials will continue. Problem may well be that the Trent is finally settling into its true winter colours, and the last 5 weeks of the season could well become a lot harder.
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29/01/08, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase LQ-1.
Water temperature 45f.
 
 
Leyton and myself met up for a few hours on a stretch that has not been fishable for a few weeks, with the wind and rain making things awkward. We fished a spot that we have done well on although it didn't feel right, and it wasn't long before Leyton's umbrella was lifted off the ground and went straight in, but landed where he could retrieve it.  We put out a mixture of baits on feeders, but only Leyton managed a few strange knocks and pulls, which I jokingly said was probably the sturgeon that had come out last year. The spot itself has changed again as we couldn't find a known snag in it, and looks good for next season.  
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23/01/08, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase Full +1.
Water temperature 47f.
 
Again I fancied a few hours on the same stretch knowing it would be fishable rather than wondering where I could get too. The river was actually down about 4" from Sunday and I had both rods in on pellets and meat for 6.15pm. With a better phase/timing on the cards, I had high hopes of a fish. During the first couple of hours, I had several knocks on the meat rod, but it was the pellet rod that slowly arched over resulting in a barb of 9lb 14. I fished on until after 9.30pm before packing up.
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20/01/08, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase Full -2.
Water temperature 49f.
 
With much of the trent un-fishable, we met up on the same stretch as the previous session knowing we would have pegs to fish. Leyton landed at 9am as he had to leave at lunchtime, whereas I landed at 11.30am, to realise that I had got everything apart from my rods!!!!!!, so having nipped home and landed twice in 35 minutes, I sat talking to Leyton who was nearing the end of his session. During those few hours he had managed to lose a fish, so I decided to fish his peg. Matt turned up around 1pm but lasted less than hour after a heavy night. So far a comedy of errors and it didn't improve either. I carried on all alone until Jochen finally landed at 4pm after a heavy night too, and then we fished on until just after 7pm, for absolutely nothing. The barbel were topping in front of us all afternoon, a playful not feeding mood which Matt had also seen on the Derwent the day before during a short fruitless session. When they are in that sort of frame of mind, food is the last thing on their minds until they stop. Looks with later spells in the evening, it will be worth getting out in the week.
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15/01/08, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase 1ST Quarter.
Water temperature 45f.
 
With the river well up, leyton and myself met up for a few hours to again try a new and fairly reliable spot. I didn't land until 6pm and ended up trying a spot that looked ok in the dark. We put out our 4 rods on feeders and meat on a cracking evening for the time of year and sat back. I had a knock early on which didn't result in anything, so I re-cast both rods to put out a little more groundbait. Leyton had around 15ft in front of him with a big slack some 30 yards out, whereas I had more like 9ft with a very slow flow. At 7.30pm my downstream rod screamed off with the tip bouncing up and down, resulting in my first barbel of the year and my 15th double of the season at 10lb 14. Soon after the rain started falling again, so we packed up at 8.30pm with another result under our belts. No joy for Leyton, but his Dad manaded a hat-trick from the Kennet, at 10lb+, a 12lb 9 and another PB of 13lb 10.
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06/1/08, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase New -2.
Water temperature 42f.
 
With Christmas out of the way, and the back end of a cold, Leyton and myself met up for a few hours on a bright but surprisingly frosty morning. The river looked ok, but my thermometer told us it was going to be tough. We put out our four rods on a mixture of elips and halibuts and sat back to see what happened. After swapping over to a chunk of meat, one of Leyton's rods wrapped round at 12.10pm, but he didn't manage to hook up with anything. Leyton had to leave me soon after, but I decided to fish on, before finally packing up at 3.30pm. I never had a sniff apart from a couple of possible taps. We could see areas that looked like they would hold fish, even well out, but the water temperature was a little too cold to be sure of a fish. Still, the fresh air did me some good. 
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9/12/07, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase New Moon.
Water temperature 44f.
 
Leyton and myself met up for an early 7am start on the Dove, but couldn't find any spots that we fancied with the river raging through, so we headed for the trent in the hope that we would be luckier. The trent was also as high as the day before, if not a little higher as well as still rising, so we settled on a peg where we could fish just one rod each sat side by side. The wind was in our face and pretty cool for a couple of hours before it suddenly died down, and then at 11.50am one of Leyton's rods was away resulting in a fish of 10lb 11. Leyton had to leave at 12.30pm, so I stayed on and put out my other rod for a few hours, and at 12.55pm I found myself into a fish which went 9lb 10.  Bob Roberts and Stuart Walker arrived as I landed it, and we could all see what a very short but thick set fish it was. I fished on till 4.30pm before calling it a day.
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8/12/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase New -1.
Water temperature 46f.
 
I headed out at 1pm with the weather easing down, and found the trent bank high and over the top in some places. When I landed at Ingleby, the upstream peg that I fancied wasn't accessible due the river being over the bank there too. The river had about 7ft on, so I settled for a stretch which didn't look too promising, but at least it would allow me to use the car as a windshield. I put two 4oz cage feeders on filled my groundbait mix, with elips and halibuts on the hairs, cast in and sat back, and at 3.35pm the elips were away as a small barbel of about 4lbs grabbed them. I was fishing one of my feeding spells, so even such a small fish was a bonus, and I didn't see another angler anywhere.  
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5/12/07, R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase New -4.
Water temperature 48f.
 
Leyton and myself met up for a few hours with both of us landing with darkness already upon us. With the mild but windy weather, we fancied a go, and so did quite a few others too. Although it was a bit blowy, the water temperature was healthy and we could hear fish moving in the dark. We ended up never having a sniff between us, as did the other anglers close to us, but one angler we spoke to had landed a low double. Another angler we know fished some way downstream of us on his first ever session on the BMAA and managed a pair of eights. Although the forecast isn't good for the weekend, I think we'll be out both Saturday and Sunday.   
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25/11/07, R Dove at Scropton.
Phase Full +1.
Water temperature 44f.
 
On a reasonable late November day, Dave, Leyton, Matt, Paul and myself met up on a stretch that I hadn't fished for a couple of years, whilst the other guys had never even seen it. The plan was a few hours trotting for grayling, and then a few hours after a barbel. The two hours of trotting went well for me as the fish responded to the maggots, meaning I had 7 upto 1lb whilst losing another half a dozen, as well as a nice brownie just over a 1lb. Dave managed a fish or two as well whilst trotting, but Paul had quite a session with 6 chub to 4lb 12 and a grayling. For the last couple of hours on the heavy stuff, none of us had any signs of a barbel, but it was nice to be out again after a couple of weeks off.     
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8/11/07, R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase New -1.
 
The forecasted bad weather had passed through before I landed on the bank, with the early afternoon turning pretty nice. The first thing I found was someones complete landing net, which probably compensated for the fact I'd lost my thermometer. The water seemed warm enough, so I set up the rods the same as a few days earlier on maggots and pellets, but lighter feeders to roll close in. I was fishing for 2.30pm, and when Matt joined me at 5pm, I hadn't had a sniff. I did have a feeding spell in mind, and at 6pm the pellet rod starting repeatedly twitching 2-3 inches. Expecting a take, I knocked off the baitrunner and left my hand around the handle. Through the section I could feel a rubbing sensation as though weed was sliding down the braid, but the twitches said it was a fish, so I picked it up and started to wind in a slack line. The fish had moved a good 20 yards upstream and was now in the middle of the river. After a spirited fight we were looking at a good double, and it turned out to be my best from the Trent at 12lb 2. Matt's reward came at about 7.20pm with a fish of around 7lb's. We packed up at 8pm happy with a fish each.
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5/11/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase New -4.
Water temperature 51f.
 
The wind and rain were starting to lash down as I set up to attack the river from the opposite side to normal. I had a very steady but deep glide just a few feet from the bank, and for a change, I filled one of the hooks with about 10 maggots, with a boilie on the other whilst still using my cage feeders with my groundbait mix on both. The first signs came to the maggots with a few gentle taps and then a big wrap round bite which unfortunately sprang back. The only other action was a couple of timid bites which resulted in a couple of chub around 2lbs and 3lbs to the maggots. By 8pm it was pretty cool so I gave up after watching all the fireworks going off virtually all around me. Another angler opposite me did have two out including a 10lb 5. My last half day for a while is this Thursday, then its down to weekends and the weather.
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1/11/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase Last Quarter.
Water temperature 54f.
 
On yet another very mild day, I was set up and fishing both rods for 2pm. I started on a HC boilie and a piece of BP spam with my 5oz cage feeders. I had a few time slots in mind to work to, meaning I had a few quiet hours ahead. The first knocks came on time just before 5pm and carried on for the next couple of hours with no joy from them. I decided to change the boilie for my soaked pellets,  and at 8.10pm the rod banged round and back, but without a hook up. I knew I might have another chance after 9pm, so I carried on, and at 9.25pm, the pellets were finally and properly away as I connected to a fish of 8lb 8. I fished on until 10.30pm before finally calling it a day. It just goes to show that something more than just that first hour after full dark spurs them on.    
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29/10/07, R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase LQ -3.
Water temperature 52f.
 
Another half  day, so I decided to try a tough stretch. Surprisingly the river was up a little with a tinge of colour, and quite a bit of streamer weed coming through. I gave it till 8pm before packing up without a sniff, and I was the last one of the stretch. No luck again, but its not unusual. I think I'll be back on the trent on Thursday.  
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28/10/07, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase Full +2.
Water Temperature 55f.
 
Leyton, Matt and myself met up for a late afternoon session, with the sun out on a still mild day after the early rain. A new choice of spots for all of us, but very nice looking considering how low the river is at the moment. I used my big cage feeders again on both, but halibuts on one and a HC boilie on the the other. After just 15 minutes the boilie was away as a decent bream of 6lb 2 picked it up.  I then had to wait a while until 10 minutes after moon rise for a proper barbel bite on the pellets, but as soon as I picked up the rod, the hook pulled. Through the rest of the session I missed another bream to the HC boilie, and then had a run which I thought would be a barb, but turned out to be a chub that was less than 2lb's. Matt and Leyton never had a thing, but I think we will all be back.
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27/10/07, R Trent at Barrow.
Phase Full +1.
Water Temperature 53f.
 
I snook out for a few hours with the wind blowing rain my way, as I walked to the stretch that I got weeded off the last time I fished it. It turned out to be a slow session again, considering the warmer water temperature. I had just a couple of very gentle knocks in the first couple of hours, the rain had stopped, and then the near full moon broke through as the clouds began to clear. So I sat playing with the camera taking a few shots, and a short while after I'd finished snapping, one of my rods looped over and back at 8pm, so I picked it up to feel a fish slowly moving off. It was a short but chunky fish that went 9lb 10. I gave it another half an hour, but I was happy with the result, so I packed up early. 
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25/10/07, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase Full -1.
Water Temperature 50f.
 
With this being my last chance to shoot straight from work before the clocks go back, I headed for an easy to get to spot for a couple of hours. I set up the same as the night before, and within a couple of minutes the meat was away. But I was a bit surpised at the 3lb chub on the end when I thought it was definately going to be a barbel. After that I just had a few knocks and gave up at 9pm. It looks like I'll be out all weekend.  
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24/10/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase Full -2.
Water Temperature 49f.
 
Another half day for me had me in two minds where to go, but I decided on a stretch which had some variety. I put both rods out with my groundbait feeders on, but one with BP spam on and the other with halibuts as usual. Through daylight hours I had a few knocks, and just one chub over 2lbs.
The first really good knock came just before 8pm as both rods started to quiver, and at 8.10pm, the meat rod kept on banging round so I picked it up to feel a hefty weight on the end. It went 11lb 3, so I called it a night well chuffed with another double. Funnily enough, I think its the same fish that Matt caught last week.   
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22/10/07, R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase Full -4.
Water Temperature 47f.
 
Another half day session had me on the bank with both rods in for 2.30pm with no-one else on the stretch, but I knew it was going to be tough with such a very low water temperature. I gave it till 9.30pm without so much as a sniff, although there was a lot of surface activity from very small fish. I've another half day the 24th, and I'll be back on the trent somewhere. At least the weekend forecast is milder and I'm planning to be out both days.  
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18/10/07, R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase 1ST Q -1.
 
With the Dove not carrying any extra water, I opted for the Trent again. After a frosty start, it felt pleasantly warm by early afternoon, with the river looking good with some extra water and colour. As it was, it was rather slow, even on the float, and my first real bite came from a 6lb 11 bream at 7.15pm. I then had to wait another two hours before losing another good bream to a hookpull. Funnily enough, the same rod went again within two minutes of the re-cast resulting in a barbel of 8lb 2. I packed up on a very cold night just after 9.30pm.  
Another DRAC member Dougie, rang me to tell me that he'd had an 11lb 8, a cracking fish.   
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16/10/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase 1ST Q -3.
 
Leyton, Matt and myself met up for an afternoon session on a poor phase, but one that has been good to us over the last few seasons. We all opted to start on the float to try and trot for barbel as the rain started to fall. The fishing was un-believably poor as the total number of fish caught was just three in over two hours of trotting. Leyton managed a dace and a lost fish, whilst I had two barbel at around 12oz and 1lb 8, so we put the heavy stuff out earlier than expected. I was the first one in at 4.45pm to another screaming run which resulted in a fish of 9lb 8. Darkness was well and truly setting in at 6.50pm when Leyton hooked into one at 8lb 13, and as I took his photo, Matt lost a good fish. At 7.38 I had another screaming run from a heavy fish, but the hook pulled after about 20 seconds. A fish I was sure felt like a double. I'd told Matt when he arrived that there was a very good chance of a fish around 9.30pm, and at about 9.20pm he hooked into the best fish of the session at 11lb 4. We finally walked off the bank at 10.40pm with the rain still pouring down.  
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12/10/07, R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase New Moon +1.
 
Another few hours to round off the week found me on the bank for 5.15pm. As a change I loaded my feeders with a groundbait and pellet mix to increase my chances, but found my mix too appealing to the bream. I ended up with 3 of them, one around a 1lb, one over 5lb, and the other just over 6lb fishing just one of my soaked pellets on the hair. I also had something which will remain a bit of a mystery. At 8.50pm my Fox rod pulled round slowly, so I quickly picked it up to feel a heavy fish slowly set off downstream. I turned up my clutch one click to slow it down, and the hook pulled. If it was a barbel, it felt like a good fish, but I suspect it was a carp.
 
Not a good week considering how good the weathers been, and some of the fish that have come out have not fallen into my expected patterns, but at least it wasn't a blank week. 
I've got 2 half days a week now for the next four weeks, and then it will be down to weekends for a few months.    
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11/10/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase New Moon.
 
Matt and myself met up for an evening session and ended moving after just 90 minutes, but it was a good move. The river was down on the day before but still looked good. Once in our new spots, Matt had 2 fish, a 7 and an 8, quite quickly and I had to wait till 10.20pm for a fish which went 8lb 8. We fished on till 11pm, but it has been a difficult week although the little extra bit of water has given the weed another flush through. 
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10/10/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase New Moon -1.
 
I went back to the same stretch and was fishing for just before 2pm, with one rod out as well as running a stick float through for a few hours. The river was up about 8" with some colour and looked good. I managed a few small chub and roach until just before 5pm, when I thought that I'd snagged up on the bottom. The "bottom" then moved off downstream and out towards the bottom, but the 1.7lb hooklink didn't hold and I lost it. Shortly after another angler near me had one out around 8 1/2lb, and during a chat we had, he told me that he'd had 2 barbel, a chub, a 17lb common and a sturgeon from the same stretch two nights earlier. I fished on till 9.30pm, by which time there were four of us on, but the tally was 2 landed, 2 lost, and none for me.    
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09/10/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase New Moon -2.
 
With a potentially good spell on the cards I had both rods in for 6.30pm with my big feeders, elips and halibuts on. As the spell was nearly an hour old already, I hoped that something might happen very quickly, but after half an hour I hadn't even had a knock. As last light faded away I still hadn't had anything and the rest of the session just resulted in a few good pulls. Obviously they weren't in the mood so I packed in just after 9pm, and hopefully the days rain will spur them on tomorrow. I've got another half day off tomorrow with plans to fish Thursday and Friday evening too. Hopefully I'll catch them in the mood with some extra water on.  
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04/10/07, R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase LQ +1.
 
I had both rods in on my pellet feeders for just after 6.30pm, with elips pellets and a HC boilie on for bait, and had knocks quite quickly to both. With no real idea of when they might feed, if at all, it was a night of research phase wise. Low point was 8.22pm, so I thought around then would give me a chance.  Knocks kept on coming with the barbel topping all around me as full darkness set in. At 8.35pm the elips were away to a real screaming run which resulted in a fish of less than 7lb's!!!!. The same thing happened again at 9.15pm as another barbel shot off downstream, but this one felt a lot better. As I brought it upstream it seemed to get heavier and heavier, it felt like a double and the closer it got the heavier it got. I soon realised close in that I'd got a branch covered in weed plus a fish on, about 4lb of rubbish and an 8lb 2. At 9.35pm the pellets went again, but my braid mainline snapped and I lost the lot. I finally packed in at 10.30pm.
Obviously wear and tear is a major factor of the braid that I'm using, and I do check it every time I fish, having altered my feeder/lead attachments to reduce wear from running fish. I am going to look for another Dyneema based braid which should be more hard wearing over the winter.    

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03/10/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase LQ.

 

Another half day found me on the bank just after 1.15pm on a pleasantly mild afternoon with a couple of other anglers on too. Geoff Dace landed a little after me and had an 11lb 2 mid afternoon, but for me it was a very long 9 hour session in which I didn't have a sniff, and I finally gave up the chase just after 10pm. As much as I'd like to get to grips with the real big fish, such a long and un-eventful session is very frustrating compared to action from smaller fish.

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01/10/07, R Trent at Ingleby.

Phase LQ -1.

 

Another rush had me on the bank with both rods in for 6.45pm with an expected chance after 8.32pm. As the light faded away just after 7pm, the barbel started to top, so I was expectant of some action. ( The weed is now a lot better than a month ago when it virtually forced me off the same stretch ). I put my big feeders on both, hairing my soaked halibuts and elips, and had knocks fairly early on. I expected that I would have to wait till 8.32, and at 8.40pm the 4 elips pellets were away. After a short but spirited fight, I was looking at a chunky fish that went exactly 10lbs. I had a few good pulls later on, but I think weed had got onto the hook and the fish couldn't get a proper hold of the pellets. Putting a little of my cheesepaste onto the hook should solve that.

I've got another half day booked for this Wednesday, and hopefully be out Thursday evening too.    

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27/09/07, R Trent at Weston.

Phase Full +1.

 

With sunset getting earlier each evening I now find myself racing to spots and hoping that theres no-one there. This was one of those lucky nights again, but as I walked along the bank I was met by a sea of white. There were at least fifty swans in my swim which kept me on my toes for the next four hours. Although I had a top feeding spell in mind, I knew it wouldn't be easy, because even at 7pm, I could see my breath in the very cool air. I did mange one small barbel around 4lb and a smaller chub as I packed up at 10.30pm. Its been a slow month, but working at it has still paid dividends.

 

As a note, Archie Braddock has decided to finish his own Diary and website later this year. I've met Archie on the bank and his methods of recording have set me on my way with my own barbel exploits.  His diary has been inspirational to me, and I'd just like to wish him all the best, and hopefully I'll still bump into him.

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25/09/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase Full -1.

 

I headed back to the same stretch to try a different peg on my first half day session. The river was up on the night before, but with less weed coming down it. In 7 hours all I got was four knocks. One lucky angler called Dave had a fish around 11lb 8 very early on. I've got a lot of half days off work over the next few weeks as the nights draw in.

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24/09/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase Full -2.

 

As I landed on the stretch, Andy was just parking up too, so we set off together for a chat as well as a go for em. As usual we had a fair old general chat and managed a fish a piece around 8:30pm with the river up and coloured a bit. Mine didn't look anything special, but it went 10lb 4. Three out of my last five fish have all been doubles.  

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20/09/07, R Trent at Kings Newton.

Phase 1ST Q +1.

 

Matt and myself met up on a stretch that I knew we'd have a chance of actually fishing, and where weed would be far less of a problem. With the river running at normal summer level, its not a good looking barbel stretch, but there's always a chance. The difference was that we could hold 30-40 yards out for an hour no problem, and as a result we ended up with 3 bream between 3 and 5lb's, and a barbel around 8lb's just before 11pm. Matt also lost a decent bream and had a pike go for his feeder in the dark. No barbel for me this week, and the first drop of level rising rain will make most stretches on the trent un-fishable as it clears itself of weed. We really could do with a 5ft flush and then give it a couple of days to settle down a bit, then it should fish its head off.

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19/09/07, R Trent at Barrow.

Phase 1ST Q.

 

Leyton and myself met up for a damp and breezy evening session, and wished we hadn't bothered. The weed at the moment is terrible and we found it impossible to hold out for more than 10 minutes. We quite often got wiped out within a few minutes, and with not even a knock between us, we gave up at 9pm.

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17/09/07, R Dove at Marston.

Phase 1ST Q-2.

 

Danny and myself met up on a cool and wet evening for a few hours in a spot I hadn't fished for a couple of seasons.  Even with three rods out between us, we never had a sniff and packed up at 10pm with the temperature down to about 6 degrees. Autumn is here and the fishing has been very difficult for the last few weeks. This time last year we were catching very well.

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15/09/07, R Trent at Kings Newton.

Phase 1ST Q-4.

 

Fellow DRAC members Matt, Mark and myself met up for a mixed afternoon and evening session on a poor phase, so we all started on the float to pick up a few fish before switching to the heavier stuff later on. Even the roach were very scarce, but the perch were profilic and we managed plenty between us even on a spinner. We switched our gear over at 6pm and gave it until 11pm, but apart from a decent bream which fell to Matt, no barbel showed. The trent was very quiet with far fewer fish showing in the dark than a few days ago. I had a bet with Matt that we were on a loser, and his confidence of a barbel cost him a quid.

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13/09/07, R Trent at Kings Newton.

Phase New +2.

 

Mark and myself met up for a session on a still weedy river, but a warm cloudy evening. We both had feeders out on all rods, with Mark getting knocks almost straight away, resulting in a couple of small skimmers and one around 5lb's. I was struggling, but at least our choice of spots was not badly affected by weed. Just before 8.50pm, one of my rods started to bounce around, so I picked it up to find a barbel on the end. After a couple of good runs it was plodding around at my feet, and I could see it was a big fish. On my scales it went 11lb's, my 10th double of this season. It had fallen to my new braid set up, so it looks like a change in reel line and hooklink has altered nothing. At 9.30pm we packed up.  

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12/09/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase New +1.

 

I fancied another go in last weeks spot where I had the 11lb 8 from and found only one car parked on the stretch. I had both rods in for just after 6.30pm knowing that a good spell wasn't far away. There was plenty of small stuff showing, so again I felt that I was in with a good chance. But when I gave up at 10.30pm, all I'd had was one knock and a brush with two fighting swans in the dark which momentarily got caught up in my 42lb braid.

I did speak to three anglers who'd been down for an afternoon session, they'd had one barbel between them at 12lb's. 

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10/09/07, R Trent at Weston.

Phase New -1.

 

Although my last trent foray was a weedy affair, I headed for a peg where I thought I could beat it. There was no-one around and I had both rods in just after 6.30pm knowing I had a chance of a good spell. Although I did pick up some weed, I was able to hold well out where I needed too, so everything felt OK. At 7.45pm I hooked into a small barbel around 5lb's on my all new braid set up on one rod, which I will incorporate into my set up, and at 7.55pm I landed a bream around the 6lb mark. Then everything went quiet until just before 9pm, when I was in again into what felt like a good fish, but my hooklink of 12lb Fox barbel braid snapped quite easily. I fished on till 10.30pm, but nothing else happened although good fish were rolling just yards from me. I'm out again Wednesday and Thursday, and I'm still hoping to land on the fish when their really in the mood.

 

I am now using one rod on a new micro-braid from Climax. At 42lb BS and a DIA of just 0.18mm, it is significantly thinner than my 12lb Technium which is 0.33mm. My hooklink is now 15lb Fox Coretex coated braid to reduce abrasion. Having tested these lines and hooklinks with my scales, my original Fox hooklink was breaking at under 8lb's whilst being rated at 12lb. The Coretex breaks around 12lb's so gives me a 50% better margin but always breaks before the braid mainline. Hit and hold fishing on the Dove should now be better, as well a signifant reduction in line drag upon my feeders, and if the hook gets snagged, I hopefully won't loose as many feeders. I'm going to keep trying out both set ups for a while, to make sure I'm not reducing my catch rate, so that I should be able alter both to the new heavier braid set up.     

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05/09/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase LQ +1.

 

I originally wanted to fish the previous nights peg, but I decided to head to a banker peg and found it free. I had both rods in by 6.45pm and sat back. By the time Jen had joined me, I'd had a couple of good knocks, so was hopeful of some action. At 8.45pm my downstream rod looked as though the feeder was rolling, so I picked it up to find something on the end that started thrashing on the surface. I thought it was a good chub, but the rod just kept on bending. After a short while I realised it was a barbel, and in my landing net I could see it was a double, and it went 11lb 8. That put a big grin on my face, and was followed by another of 9lb 8 at 9.15pm. At 9.45pm I packed up and we headed home for an early night.

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04/09/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase LQ.

 

I managed to get into a peg that I'd only fished once before and got snapped. I was a little more prepared this time and put one rod out under a tree with a boilie on, with a possible feeding spell in mind. It looked good for a change with a lot of small fish topping around me, but on such a pressured stretch, I never had a thing and gave in at 11pm. The last few weeks have been hard with such a turn around in the weather, hopefully things will change back to something wetter. 

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03/09/07, R Trent at Ingleby.

Phase LQ -1.

 

I headed for a stretch that I hadn't fished for a while to find the stretch empty, but looking in good form even though the floods had obviously altered it. I put both rods out with my feeders on and sat back. Within minutes that familiar trent problem of weed made an appearence and I ended up having to re-cast a lot earlier than expected. And that set the scene for the rest of the evening. It turned out to be impossible to fish it and I gave up at 10.30pm. All I managed was a scale from the belly of a barbel which momentarily fouled itself.  

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30/08/07, R Trent at Kings Newton.

Phase Full +2.

 

After spending Bank Holiday catching some truly wild brownies from spectacular mountain glens, Leyton and myself met up for an evening session. With both rods out on pellets, knocks came very quickly and it wasn't long before I had a very small barbel of about a pound on which came off close in. Leyton had to leave me at 9pm, of a and had managed plenty of knocks too for one very small bream of 8oz. I fished on with the session starting to look like a repeat of one a few weeks earlier. But at 10.10pm I hooked into a barbel around the 7lb mark, so I fished on and had another one around the 5lb mark at 11pm, after which I packed up and went home.

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22/08/07, R Trent at Weston.

Phase 1ST Q+2.

 

I fancied a few hours in a peg that Iíd only fished in high water, and although I had no wind protection except for the brolley, I decided to give it a go. I managed to get the big feeders to hold well out in a very deep hole using elips and halibuts, but apart from a few knocks, I had nothing. With a very cold wind blowing, I gave up at 9.30pm as I didnít think much would happen.

 

Thatís it for me for a few days, as Iím off to Scotland with the fly rod. But I hope to be back out on the 30th.

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21/08/07. R Trent at Barrow.

Phase 1ST Q+1.

 

Leyton and myself met up to try some new pegs on a fairly breezy evening, so it was back to the big feeders for me. But again my luck was dry as Leyton had the only fish of the night at 8lb 8. I fished till 10.30pm for absolutely nothing. But Iím going to give it another go and do three nights on the trot.

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20/08/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase 1 ST Q.

 

Jochen and myself met up for an evening session on a reasonable evening, with quite a few other anglers out too. For a change I went for a straight lead set up using halibut and elips pellets, and hand feeding my chosen swim. For my efforts I just got a few knocks after dark, whilst Jochen turned up an hour and a half late and landed a 7lb 15 within 20 minutes.

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16/08/07, R Trent at Swarkestone.
Phase 1ST Q -4.
 
Another poor phase, but again one that I have results to work to. Jochen and myself met up for a few hours with the trent 16" above and rising. With a little colour it looked promising, and the heavy showers as we set up didn't bother us. We had to cast mid-river to areas that we thought we could hold in and sat back. We gave it till just gone 11pm before packing in, with out anything. Maybe the extra water was a little colder than the rivers own temperature and put the fish off, but its not been a good week for me, in fact its probably my worst week of the season. As I'm off to Scotland for Bank Holiday to get in some fly fishing, I may well fish Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings next week seeing as I will be off our rivers for a while.
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15/08/07, R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase 1ST Q -5.
 
I headed back to Tutbury on my own to see if I could get a peg that I'd never fished, and found no-one on the side that I fancied trying. With the trent up and rising, I was surprised to find the dove un-touched by the recent rain, and with another poor moon phase, I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I did have a timeslot in mind from my records, so I set up in my chosen swim with halibut pellets and some soaked halibut boilies that I've been trying. Nothing happened for a several hours, but then I noticed a camera flash upstream and checking my watch told me that someone had caught around my timeslot. Ten minutes later my rod tapped and then headed downstream as something picked up the boilie, and although I was in a hit and hold peg, my clutch was a little to tight and the 12lb braid hooklink snapped. I packed up at 11.45pm, but I have learned a few lessons and could of easily and totally blanked. My next foray there will be more refined.
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13/08/07, R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase New +1.
 
Jochen and myself met up on another perfect evening to try our luck, but with the river the lowest its been this season and running very clear. Everything felt right, but I knew it would still be difficult under the conditions. We weren't the only ones on the stretch, and when we packed up at 11.30pm, no-one had caught a thing. Hopefully with the rain coming down, the fish will be spurred on into a feeding spree. Leyton is on the Trent at the moment, Tuesday, whilst I should be on the Dove again Wednesday and the Trent on Thursday.   
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11/08/07. R Trent at Shardlow.
Phase New -1.
 
After a hectic week fishing wise, I decided to try a new area on a better phase. I was set up and fishing in my chosen swim for 6pm, knowing I would have a few hours to wait before a feeding spell would start. By 9.30pm, all I'd had was a few knocks, and checking times against the night before, made me realise that the fish weren't in the mood again, and that maybe I had a chance of a fish at about 9.46pm. At 9.49pm one of the rods arched over and I was into a barbel, but after a few seconds the hooklink snapped. I fished on until 11pm for one small chub. The fish haven't been feeding properly during this better phase, but we'll be out again Monday night on the Dove.  
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10/08/07. R trent at Kings Newton.
Phase New -2.
 
I headed back on my own to the same stretch as the previous night, to find it busy with quite a few anglers on it. I managed to fish the same spot as the previous night and found the fish more responsive. Knocks came from mid evening and at 9.20pm I hooked into a 9lb 9. Knocks kept coming regularly afterwards, but they just wouldn't get a proper hold of anything, so I called it a day at 3.15am and headed home.  
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9/08/07. R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase New -3.
 
Jochen, Leyton and myself met up on another great evening to try out some new pegs. Through daylight hours, not a lot happened, but at 10.50pm I hooked into a good fish which turned out to be another double for me at 10lb 1. I then lost another good fish to a hookpull at 11.50pm, before Jochen hooked into his first barbel of 9lb 1 at 12.50am. Shortly after 1am we packed in.  
 

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7/08/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase LQ+2.

 

I fancied another go in the same spot to see if I could be lucky again, but the evening had a very chilly feel to it, and coupled with other factors in my mind, it just didnít feel very promising. I fished as the night before for just a couple of knocks and sat watching yet another good meteorite display with the cold really noticeable after 10pm. I finally gave up at 11.45pm. What could have been a good night on the charts turned into a real grim one, but Iíve seen it before as have others. Jochen, Leyton and myself are out Thursday night on the Trent, it wonít be a fireworks night, but hopefully we will get something between us.  

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6/08/07, R Dove at Tutbury.

Phase LQ+1.

 

I decided to try a spot that I know the fish move up to when dark to feed, on a pleasant evening with a thunderstorm skirting the area. For a change I decided to use running leads as I knew where the fish would be if they were in the mood, put in some loose feed and sat back to wait  from about 6.30pm. Apart from a few knocks there was virtually no fish activity till dusk, and then I think they were trout. As the light faded away after 10pm, I did notice quite a few good meteorites starting to come down and then out of the blue at 10.15pm the tip of my Fox just slammed over and I landed a decent fish of 9lb 4. Having cast back in, the meteor shower kept on going with me spending more time looking skywards than at the rod tips. But at 11.05pm I noticed the tip of my Fox dip and quiver and look like it was rolling, so I picked it up to check it and it went solid before the fish went off downstream. I could tell by the strain on the 2.75lb blank that this fish was a double, but I only realised just how big it was on the bank. It was my second PB in a fortnight at 13lb 4. I fished on till 12.30pm before heading home with another big grin on my face. 

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4/8/07. R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase LQ-1.
 
My brother Mark, Carl and myself went for a mid afternoon float session, and found the trent to be in a rather difficult mood. The warm sunny weather combined with a low clear river had obviously put all species down, such that we struggled to even get a bite in the first hour. Eventually the fish started to come, and we caught chub, roach, skimmers and perch for a few hours before switching over to the heavy stuff at 8pm. We gave it another couple of hours before packing in, in which Mark had one good bite which turned out to be a cracking common at 12lb 8. For me its back to work next week and I'm already looking forward to getting back to normal. I found an interesting peg back in April which I haven't been able to get near with all the high water. Hopefully I'll now get a chance to fish it, although wading in the dark should be interesting.
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30/7/07. R Trent at Weston.
Phase Full Moon.
 
Jochen and myself met up for a session with the weather a lot better than recent and the trent running about 2ft above normal with some colour. I was fishing for 6pm, and Jochen a short while after. Within a few minutes, one of Jochen's rods was away on sweetcorn, but his rig was snagged up and lost everything. We then had to wait till 8.10pm until I hooked a very small barbel around a 1lb, followed by fish of 7lb at 8.28pm, and a 7lb 11 at 9.05pm. An hour went by till I hooked into another small barbel about 4lb's and then another small barbel of about 1 1/2lb's at 10.45pm. Things calmed right down with no knocks, and the Peak point came and went without a thing. My records said another fish was possible around 11.28pm, and at 11.25pm as we were packing up, one of my alarms sounded as I hooked into the best fish of the night at 9lb 4. I know we could of stayed on and caught, but the fish were further downstream than expected and now that the levels have really dropped, the fish are starting to spread out throughout the river, judging by where they were topping. 
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29/7/07. R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase Full-1.
 
Leyton and Danny had fished the Dove on the Saturday and only had a chub each, so Carl and myself met up with my brother Mark and headed for the trent hoping that they would feed after a poor few days previously by all accounts. DRAC member Mark Johnson was already on the bank when we got there, and had caught a couple of bream and a roach through the afternoon. The river looked very dead and a stiff cool wind made it look even less promising, and as such it was. A known feeding spell for Danny on the Saturday night and for us on the Sunday didn't materialise. In 5 hours of fishing we landed a small chub and lost another around a 1lb. Mark however did have a barb around 9lbs after 5pm. I'm off out again shortly to see if they want it tonight ( Monday 30th ), because they've got to feed at some point, and if not I'm going to try again Tuesday night. I'm a bit of a sucker for punishment these days, but when I know of a feeding spell, I like to take advantage of it.
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23/7/07. R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase 1ST Q+1.
 
Although I'm technically off for two weeks with my son, a chance arose for me to get an afternoon session in. With the Trent  badly flooded I headed for the Dove, and had both rods in just before 4pm. Both had my big feeders on with elips and halibut boilies on, and surprisingly, knocks came quickly, and after 15 minutes a rod tip went over on the elips. But as I picked it up, there was nothing there due to the hook being tangled at a 90 degree angle to the braid. Things then quietened down till the high point when the knocks started again for about 15 minutes, but that was all. Around 9pm a chub of about 4lb's hooked itself on the elips, and I decided to change the boilies to my soaked halibut pellets. At 9.15pm they were away as a good barbel picked them up and headed for the other bank.  On my scales it registered 12lb 9, a new PB. I changed the other rod over to them and had a small barbel around 4lb's at 10.15pm, and then one around 5lb's at 11.25pm. At 12.45pm I packed up after another good session.  
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19/07/07. R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase 1ST Q-3.
 
Another one of those 'where do I go nights', which shall not be forgotten for a while, found me on the bank and fishing for about 6.45pm. I put my big cage feeders with elips and had knocks straight away from small chub. After an hour I latched onto one at about 8oz's. To get away from them, I changed one rod over to some pre-soaked 14mm halibut pellets and had a take within 10 minutes. The fish looked very big, it had the body of an 11lb fish, but the length of an 8lber making me think it wouldn't be a double. But after weighing everything twice, I realised it was bang on 10lb's. So I changed the other rod to halibuts, and an hour later I had a bream of 6lb 3. At 9.50pm one of the rod tips dipped and I landed another double at 10lb 4. I left the fish in my landing net to recover, re-cast and rang Danny to tell him ( he was on the ribble ) and as we spoke the same rod went again at 9.58pm. The fish tore off downstream and across the river before hanging on for ages under the rod tip. With the other fish still in the net, I managed to land a longer but not so deep fish. It went 10lb 3 in my sling. I'd cracked it at last, three doubles in one night. At 10.45pm I packed in after 4 nights in 6 days. This week has been special, 13 barbel, two bream and 3 dubs.
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18/7/07. R Trent at Weston.
Phase 1ST Q-4.
 
Not a good phase, but Leyton and myself met up with fellow DRAC member Matt for an evening session, and bumped into Chris, another member that I know. Having wandered around the bank, and then stood chatting to Chris, I finally had both rods in for about 8.15pm on elips and the full mesh versions of my big feeders. After just 10 minutes one arched over and I wound in a very small barbel of about 2lbs. At 8.50pm the same thing happened and I had an even smaller barbel of about 12oz's. Fifteen minutes later I lost what felt like another small barbel as it went ballistic at my feet, before finally hooking a decent barbel of 9lb 5. The rest of the guys left me soon after, and at 11.15 pm I had another small barbel again around the 2lb mark. At 11.45pm I packed in.
I now have two versions of my big feeders, one of which is a shop bought plastic model, and although I put a lot of extra holes into it, it can not compete for leak off ability with my massive cage ones, and I have really noticed the difference this season.
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16/7/07. R Trent at Weston.
Phase New+2.
 
After saturdays disappointment, I still wanted to test out the charts to see if they were accurate. But to make things harder I chose a spot that I hadn't fished before. Both rods were in for about 6.45pm with pellets and the feeders on, and then a thunderstorm broke out just after 7pm. But by 8pm it was out of the way and my first bite at 8.30pm was from a bream around the 4-5lb mark. At 8.55pm I was into a good barbel which held its position for a few seconds before the hook pulled. At 9.30pm I hooked and landed one at 9lb 6. A good start, but I was hoping for more and I got it. At 10.40pm I hooked and landed another at 8lb, followed by another hookpull at 11.12pm to a fish that hardly moved, but just sat there shaking its head violently for about 30 seconds. Then at 11.50pm I had a fish around the 7lb mark quickly followed at midnight by another around 4lb's. It was late but I decided to fish on, and at 12.20am another good barbel snapped the braid hooklink. At 12.40am I landed a fish at 8lb 13 followed by another one of 9lb 4 at 1.15am. At 1.45 I packed up and went home well happy, the charts had been right and as I walked off the bank, I could still the storm from earlier flashing away in the distance.
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14/7/07. R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase New Moon.
 
I took my lad Carl for another outing, as well as meeting up with fellow DRAC members Matt and Mark. It was a lovely late afternoon session, and as I arrived, Matt was into his third barbel at 10lb 4. I wasn't too impressed with my swim choice, but we put four rods out on pellets and boilies and sat back. On reflection, I wished that we had walked that bit further to the stretch that I really wanted to fish which looked spot on with about an extra 4ft of water on from Wednesday nights session. As a result Carl, Mark and myself didn't have a thing in over 5 hours, whilst Matt landed and lost one. Even so, another flood peg has been found, the rivers are back up again, and the long range is still showing no let up, and no Indian summer.   
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11/7/07. R Trent at Kings Newton.
Phase New-3.
 
Not a good phase for Jochen's first outing, but the river was looking great and a little lower still than Monday night. Fish were topping all over the place, various species, and even a carp was cruising at our feet. With four rods out on pellets and corn we sat back to see what happened. Apart from a few knocks on the corn, probably from small chub or roach, nothing happened during daylight hours. We were both sat together having a chat, about how it was looking like a one bite night, when one of my rods was away at 10.50pm, and that turned out to be a barbel of 9lb 7. We gave it till 11.30pm before packing in, hopefully we'll be out Saturday if not overnight.  
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9/7/07. R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase LQ+2.
 
With one of our known spots free and the river only about 18" above normal, I fancied a crack in a deep but still a little boily peg. I put sweetcorn and pellets on and sat back on a 6:30pm start. Knocks came to both rods quickly, and at 7:15pm the 6 grains of sweetcorn were grabbed by a cracking roach of 1lb 5. Things calmed down after that, but then the barbel started crashing out mid-river some 60 yards below me as the light started to fall, so I cast downstream and well across the river to see if i could hold further out, and within two minutes that rod was away at 9:50pm. The problem was that I was now attached to a good fish sat in the middle of the river some 80 yards or more below me, but it behaved itself and actually swam upstream as I wound it in. It looked as though it would be a close double, and my digi-scales said 10lb 1. At 10:35 pm I had another at 7lb 8 and then packed up after a nice and interesting session in which I learned something. Leyton will be on the Trent Tuesday night, and Jochen and myself are out Wednesday night. 
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8/7/07. R Dove at Marston.
Phase LQ+1.
 
Leyton went for an early session Saturday morning on the trent on of our target areas, but didn't catch anything. I fancied an early afternoon session till late on the Sunday with both days being completely different to most of our trips so far this season. I started at 2:30pm with the river looking spot on, but the warm weather had obviously changed the fish's feeding patterns. I gave it till 9:30pm for a chub of about 3lb's and a lost barbel about 5:30pm. The rivers are finally settling down and evening sessions should now start to improve on the better days.    
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4/7/07. R Trent at Shardlow.
Phase LQ-3.
 
Leyton and myself met up for a torrential session with the river still running about 6ft above normal. Leyton had already had a chub, and was into a 9lb 9 barbel as I walked up the bank. With the wind and rain coming across the river towards us, we didn't fancy giving it long, and for me it was another grueller. After a couple of hours, and with everything soaked, we packed up. At least Leyton had some luck.
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2/7/07, R Dove at Marston.
Phase Full+2.
 
I decided to try a spot I hadn't fished for two years. Both rods went in with my feeders on, with a little loose feed, towards the other bank. Knocks came straight away and the culprits turned out to be small chub as one eventually hooked itself weighing about half a pound.  The knocks carried on until just after 9pm when a decent chub of 4lb 14 turned up. But the surprise of the night was a dace also around half a pound which hooked itself half an hour later on 3 elips pellets. Then at 10.15 I hooked into a barbel of 8lb 10 and followed it up 20 minutes later with another chub around the 4lb mark. At 11pm I was into another barbel, but this one had other ideas about being landed. It set of down the river thrashing on the surface with a few short , but fast runs, before the hook finally pulled about 75 yards below where I'd hooked it. At 11.30 pm I called it a night, but I will be back to see if that was a good double as I suspect. 
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28/6/07. R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase Full-2.
 
Leyton and myself met up on the Dove after his scout around of the trent found it still well flooded where we fancied having a go. The Dove was up nicely and the rain started as I walked up the bank. I had a feeding spell in mind, and prior to it we both had some good knocks with me loosing an unknown fish very early on. The wind began to get up and have an edge to it, and I knew we would struggle meaning we were looking for probably one bite at the end of the spell. That time came and went as quietly as the rest of the spell so we packed up early, but at least the rain had stopped for us.
Stuart Walker, who some will know, had been on the river for a few hours prior to us arriving, and had landed 5 barbel including one double. Other reports I have read have also said that the fish are feeding during the afternoon rather than after dark. I wouldn't be surprised at all with this weather.  
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26/6/07. R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase Full-4.
 
A poor phase, but after giving Monday night a miss due to the weather, I fancied a crack in a certain peg that I knew might have a big fish in it. I was surprised to find someone where I wanted to be, and the river well over the banks and into the field. The angler in question was Steve Chell of the BCC, so I tried to fish below him, but standing in nearly a foot of water on top of the bank with the Dove still rising wasn't ideal in just wellies. Steve did mange a nice fish well over 9lb though. Nosing around for another swim didn't turn up anything, and I had to laugh at seeing just the picnic table tops sticking out of the water. So I went for a look at the trent, but that was also too high, and the road to Ingleby was flooded, so I headed home rather un-expectedly early. I expected the rivers to be well up, but not as high as they were. Leyton and myself are out Thursday for definite.
The site that I use for long range forecasts has been pretty accurate this year, and is showing no let up in this weather suggesting very little settled weather through July and August.
The edge of the bank is where the tufts are.
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23/6/07. R Trent at Kings Newton,
Phase 1ST Q+1.
 
Leyton and myself met up for the first overnight session, with fellow DRAC member Mark joining us who wanted to try barbel fishing for a change. We met up around 2pm, with Mark and myself looking to have a few hours on the stick first. The trent had risen overnight putting the colour back into it, making the stick side difficult, but I still managed to winkle out a few small bits prior to sitting behind the alarms. Leyton went straight onto the heavy stuff from the word go, and from early evening, we were all sitting behind our rods, but it took till 11.25pm for the first barb to show giving Mark a very deformed PB of 8lb, which took a HC boilie used with a feeder. At 12.46am it was my turn as I landed a fish of 7lb 9 on sweetcorn, after a midnight change of tactics. At 1.50am I had a smaller fish around 6lb 8 and then Mark had another PB of 9lb 7 at 2am on sweetcorn. Mark also lost another which he somehow foul hooked, and lost another after first light due to a hook pull. After a very quiet session, Leyton landed a bream of over 6lb as we were packing up.   
This fish is seriously mis-shaped.  
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21/6/07. R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase 1ST Q-1.
 
After a torrid attempt to access an in-accessible stretch, and then finding another one too soft to drive to, I settled on something of a short walk, as it was gone 8pm. The river was finally on its way down, but looked great, still running about 18" up with a tinge of colour. Unfortunately it was another dead session, as I never had a sniff, but the river was more lively than my previous session, with fish topping all over, and it answered the question of why it has been so slow. The fish were spawning in the shallows on the far bank, slightly downstream of me. They were thrashing away for two hours, so I packed in just after 11pm, knowing I would struggle. Saturday afternoon 23/6, we are meeting up for the first overnighter of the season on the trent, my feelings are mixed but we'll give it a bash.     
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20/6/07. R Dove below Tutbury.
Phase, 1ST Q-2.
 
I decided to have a go on the big boys stretch, and was surprised to find no-one on the stretch when I got there. As usual I set both rods up with my pellet feeders, spaced them out and sat back. It turned out to be a frustrating session as the only interest was a 30 minute spell of knocks and pulls to one rod around 9pm. Hoping that what I guessed was one of the bigger fish, would come back, I stuck it out till gone midnight before I packed in. Even this early in the season, those big fish are not suckers, but we will be back on and off to try for them, especially as the unofficial Dove record now stands at around 16lb 8. 
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18/6/07. R Dove at Tutbury.
Phase New Moon+3.
 
I decided to try a banker peg on a poor moonphase, with the river running still a little above normal, but with a nice colour to it. I had both rods in for 6:30pm using just 2oz versions of my feeders, one on elips pellets and the other on two 18mm halibut boilies which I'd pre-soaked in halibut oil. I didn't have to wait long either. At 7:05pm I found myself into a decent barbel of 8lb 10 on the pellets, and ten minutes later a chub of 3 1/2 - 4lb's grabbed the boilies. I was off the mark and pleased. At 9:20pm I hooked into another barbel at 8lb 6 on the elips. Things were looking up so I had high hopes of a hat trick, and it came true at 11pm when the first double of the season turned up at 10lb 2, just as I was tidying things up prior to packing up. At 11:10pm I had another smaller chub and called it a night. Lets see if Wednesday and Thursday bring up anything nice, but its nice to be off the mark at last.
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16/6/07. R Trent at Ingleby.
Phase New Moon+1.
 
A late afternoon kick off for me, taking my son Carl with me as he's now a DRAC member. We met up with Leyton who'd tried one of our new areas through the afternoon, and he'd managed a barb of 9lb 4 and a chub. The river was running over 6 feet above normal and still rising and looked good, but other anglers fishing the stretch had all struggled. We gave it till midnight and never had a sniff either, apart from Dougie who dropped into a particular spot previously fished and baited up, and landed eight barbel with the biggest over 10lb. Another DRAC member that I know, Steve, also ended up on the same stretch below us, and also had a barbel out around the 6lb mark. At least this extra water is flushing the rivers through, and with another wet week to come, the rivers look like they will remain up. I'll be out a couple of nights next week hoping to open my account.
 
 
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