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My personal bests

The fish featured here were all caught after my return to fishing around the time I retired. However, they exceed anything I caught when I was young, the opportunities and my ability then being more limited.

Fish
mirror 19lb

Mirror 19lb
Fields End
9 June 2008

Roach 1lb 7oz

Roach 1lb 7oz
Fields End
27 April 2010

Tench 3lb 14oz

Tench 3lb 14oz
Fields End
22 April 2010

crucian 2lb 7oz

Crucian 2lb 7oz
Fields End
1 April 2011

River carp France

River Carp 6lb 5oz
River Indrois France
23 June 2012

chub 5lb 2oz

Chub 5lb 2oz
Stamford River Welland
23 June 2013

barbel 8lb 8oz

Lake Barbel 8lb 8oz
Fields End
30 March 2021

barbel 8lb 8oz

Perch 1lb 14oz
Offord Cluny
10 November 2022

Some notable chub

I have a bit of a thing about chub and since getting back into fishing around the time of my retirement I have had some success.
Here are some of the better fish presented in date order.

Fish
chub 4lb 8oz

4lb 8oz
River Welland
Luncheon meat
23 July 2009

chub 3lb 8oz

3lb 8oz
River Wye
Luncheon meat
2 September 2010
My only trip to the Wye

chub 4lb 8oz

4lb 8oz
River Welland
Bread flake
14 March 2011

chub 4lb 4oz

4lb 4oz
River Welland
Bread flake
14 March 2011

chub 4lb 7oz

4lb 7oz
River Welland
Cheese
5 July 2011

chub 4lb 8oz

4lb 8oz
River Welland
Cheese
12 July 2011

chub 4lb 8oz

4lb 8oz
River Welland
Luncheon meat
13 November 2012

chub 4lb 7oz

4lb 7oz
River Welland
Luncheon meat
27 June 2013

chub 5lb 2oz

5lb 2oz (PB)
River Welland
Luncheon meat
23 June 2014

chub 4lb 5oz

4lb 5oz
River Welland
Cheese
16 June 2015

chub 3lb 3oz

3lb 3oz
Chubb Stream
Cheese paste
10 November 2020

chub 3lb 6oz

3lb 6oz
Mill Stream
Cheese paste
14 October 2021

chub 3lb 0oz

3lb 0oz
Trout Stream
Bread flake
09 December 2021

chub 3lb 10oz

3lb 10oz
Trout Stream
Bread flake
08 February 2022

chub 3lb 10oz

3lb 13oz
Chubb Stream
Bread flake
16 June 2022

chub 3lb 10oz

4lb 14oz
Mill Stream
Bread flake
24 June 2022
PB for stream & second largest chub

chub 3lb 10oz

3lb 15oz
Mill Stream
Cheese paste
05 July 2022

chub 3lb 10oz

3lb 13oz
Mill Stream
Luncheon meat
22 September 2022

Places I fish or have fished in recent years

These are venues visited since around the time of my retirement. As a youngster I for the most part fished the Thames with occasional visits to other rivers.
I rarely fished lakes.

Venues
Fields End

The Pit - Fields End
My local Commercial - first fished in 2007
An important and frequently visited venue on my return to fishing in the 2000s

Stake Hill

Stake Hill
First fished in 2007
Holiday fishing between Ilkley & Silsden -Yorkshire

River Welland Stamford

River Welland Stamford
First fished in 2009
An important venue for me when I returned to fishing in the 2000s

Block Fen

Block Fen
First fished in 2009
This is a corner of the small Pump Pond

The Clay Pit

The Clay Pit - a challenging water
First fished in 2010/11
Returned to the pit in 2021 after a long gap
See also a later entry for the side ponds on this lake

Syndicate Lake - Pidley

Syndicate Lake - Pidley
First fished in 2012
An almost virgin lake when I first fished it

Chubb Stream

The Chubb Stream
First fished in July 2020
I love small intimate streams!

Mill Stream

The Mill Stream - Offord
First fished in 2020
Another attractive 'stream'

River Great Ouse

River Great Ouse - Offord
First fished in 2020
Offord & Buckden AS water

Trout Stream

The Trout Stream
First fished in 2020
Another attractive 'stream'

Trout Stream

The Clay Pit side ponds
First fished in 2022
These side ponds proved to be far more productive than The Clay Pit itself.

Trout Stream

Gravel pit - Earith
First fished in 2022
One of the many pits in the Earith area

Trout Stream

River Nene backwaters
First fished in 2022
The P&DAA ticket offers a number of attractive backwaters

In years gone by ...

A small collection of photographs scanned from old prints. The quality isn't great and they certainly don't reflect the amount of fishing I did when I was young.

Archive
Holy Brook barbel

The Holy Brook
Where I caught my first barbel
Copied from a colour transparency in poor conditon

Holy Brook

The Holy Brook
Swim where I caught my first sizeable chub - 3lb 2oz 10dr
And downstream where we subsequently caught barbel

Bob at Thames

A young Bob
River Thames Bourne End
With the Stonebridge Park Angling Association (SPAS)

First Thames barbel

My first and only Thames barbel
Runnymeade
Legered maggot if I remember correctly

River Lodden

River Lodden at Twyford
Stonebridge Park Angling Society club water

Blenheim

My friend Alastair in the punt at Blenheim Palace lake
With me and another friend Geoff
Our first tench experience

Warwickshire Canal

Holiday fishing on the canal in Warwickshire
We stayed in the former lock keeper's cottage just visible along the towpath
Some sport with the local bream

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