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Diary of an average angler

This diary dates back to a holiday in 2003 when I think the urge to get back into fishing took off.
From around 2007 the trips became more frequent with 2010/11 probably being the peak of activity.
Things again pick up in 2020 - a sort of rebirth!



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The Clay Pit (13)

Side pond

Arrival time: 10.00
Weather: Frosty start to a sunny day with light wind.
Tackle: Greys 12' Prodigy TX Float rod, Allcocks 4" centrepin, 4BB waggler (with 1.2g olivette), 6lb line direct to 14 eyed hook.
Baits: Maggot & corn.
Fish: Three tench, a crucian and some roach/rudd.

My first fishing trip since the end of November, following back surgery in February. I chose the Clay Pit side pond as it is not far from home and I could park next to where I was fishing. It is also a fairly easy water that hasn't disappointed in the past, so I was almost assured of a fish or two.

Latest News

After three very uncomfortable months with lots of pain I had back surgery on 22 February, which I'm pleased to say has cured most of the problems.

I still have some numbness in the left leg but it has eased a bit since the surgery and I'm hopeful that it will go away after a few more weeks.

As things stand I'll definitely miss the end of this river season but am hopeful that I will be able to get to a lake in April.

I have a review with the surgeon at the end of March that will inform me as to when fishing can safely recommence.

Quick update

I'm laid up with a back problem.
Check here for updates.

What I thought to be an old back problem has turned out to be a bit more serious!
After attending A&E it transpires that I have three dodgy discs in the lower back.
This has resulted in a lot of pain and has grounded me.
Having seen a neurosurgeon on 2 February I'm hopeful that I will have an operation during February to relieve the compressed discs, and hopefully this will get me back out fishing.
Although I think I'm going to miss the rest of this season.

Updated 3 February 2023

A review of 2022

A Christmas message and a video review of 2022.

With an old back injury again causing me considerable pain I'm afraid that fishing is on hold.

To keep in touch and update people I decided on a Christmas message and a review of 2022 by way of 12 short video clips of notable moments.

Enjoy ☺️

River Great Ouse - Offord (28)

Mill Stream

Arrival time: 10:30 (at swim)
Weather: Bright but cold. Little wind throughout the session.
Tackle: 11'6" John Wilson Avon with 1.5oz quiver, Shimano 5000 RE reel, 6lb line direct to an 8 hook. Flat bed 1oz leger.
Baits: Cheese paste, luncheon meat & maggots.
Fish: A couple of small chub, a roach and a gudgeon.

With no rain for a couple of days I decided to take a chance on the Mill Stream at Offord. The river had been up and fast the previous week but I was pleased to find the Mill Stream in good condition. There was a good flow and it was still coloured but general speaking it looked very promising. I made my way to a swim about half way along that had been reliable in the past.

River Great Ouse - Offord (27)

The Triangle

Arrival time: 10:30 (at swim)
Weather: Overcast and chilly. Little wind to start with but blew up during the session.
Tackle: 9ft Shimano Aero X1 feeder rod with 1oz quiver, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel, 5lb line direct to a 14 hook. Link leger with 2SSG.
Baits: Maggots and worms.
Fish: A number of smallish roach and dace, with the occasional gudgeon and one small perch.

After yet more heavy rain I was unsure about going to a river but I took a chance, with the intention of going to a particular swim if the river was up. And up it was. Coloured and moving at a pace I was pleased to find that the spot I had decided upon offered some slack water.

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