|4lb 8oz for Dad|
The second session was more of a guiding/tuition day for me and Dad as we were joined by a couple guests who came along with us for our chubbing trip, René Baptiste and his son Jordan, in order to see if we could improve their pb's and we certainly succeeded as the Waveney produced the goods. First René had a super chub of 5lb 5oz, then one of 4lb. Jordan also chipped in with a fish of 2lb 15oz. Today wasn't about me and dad catching and under our tuition both angler's caught new personal best fish. The smiles say it all really. I get my greatest pleasure helping other people to catch and its certainly something I'd like to do a little bit more of in the future. Earlier in the day I'd managed to catch a small chub of 3lb 1oz from a swim I hadn't fished before but had walked by many times in the past. It just goes to show that you should never discount a swim based purely on the way it looks. You could be missing out on some good fishing.
|René Baptiste - A Waveney of chub 5lb 5oz and a new PB|
The Last Hurrah!
Due to family commitments, today (the 11th of March) was mine and dad's last day out on the bank before the end of the season. The weather turned out to be lovely and the sun even came out
making the day one of the best of the year to be out on the bank. Apart from a cold northerly wind the day could almost be described as balmy. One minute you needed a coat on when fishing in the wind and the next minute you had to take it off because you were sweating!
The day started off in a pretty uneventful fashion - our first couple of swims produced not so much as a nick for me but dad had a few bites but missed them both. The morning was drawing on and despite my best efforts I couldn't get a bite, despite altering hook size, and bait, amount of shot etc. We moved downstream to some other swims in between a footbridge which passed over the river and a wooded area. This was one of those sections that we had tried many times in the past but apart from a few knocks had never caught many fish from except in the summer. Both of us cast over to far bank cover in the shape of trees overhanging the water. Before I had even had a chance to mold my cheese paste round my size six hook and cast out, I heard the whirl of dad's clutch as a chub battled for freedom in the entanglement of branches. I rushed up to bank to do the honors with the net and could see that it was a good fish from the bend in his rod. The fish was tiring but it still had some fight left in it before managed to get it safely in the net. As I went to unhook the fish for dad I could see the hook in the corner of the chubs mouth and low and behold the hook just about fell out as I touched it. I always said the old man has a pair of large round golden things in his trousers and this only went further to prove my point! After a few photographs the fish was weighed and dad was more than pleased when the dial went round to 4lb 13oz. So close to the his goal of a 5lb chub this season but no cigar.
|4lb 13oz for Dad|
|At 4lb I hadn't blanked!|
|Last fish of the season for Dad - a Waveney 5lber|
As you can see from the shots above it was a beautiful fish and one that any anglers would love to catch.
Well that's it for this season and although this blog is primarily aimed at winter chub I will be doing a few articles in the summer based on planning for your winter campaign and a few surprise features so please watch this space. If you enjoy this blog then please feel free to comment, and don't forget to follow the blog.
Tight lines and all the best for next season. Peter Hayes.