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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 (14)

Side pond

Arrival time: 09.00
Weather: Bright start with a light breeze, clouding over later.
Tackle: Greys 12' Prodigy TX Float rod, Allcocks 4" centrepin, 4BB waggler (with 1.2g olivette), 6lb line direct to 14 eyed hook.
Baits: Bread flake & corn.
Fish: Four tench and a bream.

Almost exactly a month since my last trip to the Clay Pit. I was undecided where to go and opted for this venue as it's close to home and rarely busy. I took bread and corn as these were available at home, the bread being the Hovis seedy loaf that I mentioned on my last outing. I was able to get my preferred spot.

Earith (5)

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Arrival time: 09.30
Weather: Sunny with increasing cloud and northerly breeze.
Tackle: Korum 'All Rounder' quiver-tip, Shimano ST2500FB baitrunner, small bomb leger, 6lb line to 12 eyed hook.
Baits: Bread flake & corn.
Fish: One crucian and one bream.

After battling the wind at Fields End last week I returned to Earith as I knew it would be more sheltered. The northerly breeze didn't affect me as the corner I fish is at the northern end of the lake and is protected by high ground and trees. While there was tranquility unfortunately the fish weren't terribly cooperative.

Fields End (115)

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Arrival time: 09.30
Weather: Sunny with increasing cloud. NE wind freshening through day.
Tackle:
Greys 12' Prodigy TX Float rod, Allcocks 4" centrepin, 4BB waggler (with 1.2g olivette), 6lb line direct to 14 eyed hook. Changed to 16 hook with 3.5lb hook link after a while.
Greys 12' Prodigy VX Rova Specimen, Shimano 5000 RE baitrunner, small bomb leger, 8lb main line, 6lb fluorocarbon hooklength to 10 eyed hook.
Baits: Maggot & bread flake.
Fish: A couple of nice rudd and some smaller roach. One large fish lost.

For a change of venue I decided to pop over to my local commercial at Fields End. With a fresh NE wind forecast it was always a risk as this Fenland lake is exposed. I had hoped to fish the NE corner, which provides some relief from the wind. But unfortunately other anglers had the same idea and all the swims were taken. Not a great start. I set up on the east bank, near the NE corner, and sure enough the wind was already making its presence felt.

Earith (4)

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Arrival time: 10.00
Weather: Sunny with increasing cloud and breeze.
Tackle: Greys 12' Prodigy VX Rova Specimen, Shimano 5000 RE baitrunner, small bomb leger, 8lb main line, 6lb fluorocarbon hooklength to 10 eyed hook.
Baits: Bread flake & corn.
Fish: One carp, 6 bream, a tench and a hybrid carp .

A fished this pretty little pit in May last year and loved the tranquility. Being a bit earlier in the year the reeds hadn't grown as high on this occasion and the lily pads were still to show themselves. So I was unsure how it would fish.

The Clay Pit (13)

Side pond

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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

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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.

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