Just a month until the rivers opens!

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Well in a month from today we’ll finally be allowed back on the rivers! Is anyone else as excited as I am?!

Been flooded off them since September now we got this situation making lots of venues awkward so I’ve never been so excited to get back on a bit of river. My first session back will be on the Thames somewhere, probably either medley or Clifton Hampden below. I’ll have just a float rod and feeder rod with me, couple pints of maggot and hemp and bag of groundbait and I’ll just fish for whatever comes along. Hopefully I’ll get a few fish like the below but as long as I catch enough to keep me busy I’ll be happy and the joy of just being back on rivers is the main thing for me!
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Where will you guys be fishing and what for?
 
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I’ll be getting out on the Trent a bit more. I’ve been threatening it for years but always ended up putting it off.

Will probably go for the barbel but I’m happy catching anything really.
 

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If I could find out where the the lads have been catching Barbel on the upper Trent (Naughty, I know) I would rather fish there as it's closer. Otherwise, I'll be practising my casting on the river Dove from the start. Can't wait.

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Would definitely like to fish the Trent at some point, probably not this year with the travel restrictions but certainly before too long. It’s the last of the like traditional coarse rivers I suppose that I’ve yet to fish.
 

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Must admit looking forward to the Chelmer again this year. Lots of nice roach, Dace and Chub
 

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I'm looking forward to it because 'I don't know what I'm going to catch'. I like the element of surprise when fishing.
 

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Yeah that's a nice thing about most rivers. Generally on the Thames I'll get 4 or 5 species in a day but it's not at all uncommon to get 2 or 3 more than that.
 

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Brilliant fish that. Despite having caught more roach than any other species by a fair way I’ve probably caught less than a couple dozen over a pound and only about half a dozen of those from rivers. Despite it being a roach hotspot numbers wise around here there doesn’t seem to be too many big ones aside from the big gravel pits which aren’t my cup of tea.
 

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I think if I was specifically targeting them it would have felt like it was worth more but still a nice surprise and makes me think it will be worth fishing for them.
 

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Always a sucker for a big roach and perch I will be after the trent barbel and will be down there but never on the 16th usually give it a couple of days to settle down but if the Severn was closer to me that's where I'd like to be, just a beautiful river and a pleasure to grace the banks
 

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This is where I hope to be fishing for Barbel and Chub on the 16th and there’s some quality fish in there.
If it gets a few anglers then I’ll just have to go for a wander further downstream.

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Yeah roach and perch are my favourite species closely followed by dace and bream!

I should think I'll be back at work by the 16th so will be back to mostly fishing the weekends. Theres plenty of water on my tickets though so it's never a problem getting a swim in normal times and even in this weird situation it shouldn't be too busy.

Is a bit of talk of a staged return to work though so could be back on reduced hours initially. Obviously wouldnt want to do it long term because of the finances but wouldn't mind for the first couple weeks of the river season ;)
 

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can’t wait, in bed with my little pal watching the rod tips then kerpow 3 foot twitch, jump outta bed and here’s the prize
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As ya can see it was raining and Albert wont get outta bed for owt if he cant eat it ;) ;)
 

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I think August is my favourite month for fishing (other than preferring commercials in the depths of winter) as it's when river fishing should be in full flow and it's also when my Bream lake, Patshull Park, opens for coarse fishing again.
 

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My favourite months are May through to July, first half obviously stillwater and a bit of sea then second half rivers, then September and October for mostly rivers.
 

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Lets hope we don't have a very dry summer to match this wet winter!
 

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16th June is my birthday so i may even get the chance to fish this year!.....................hopefully
 

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I think August is my favourite month for fishing (other than preferring commercials in the depths of winter) as it's when river fishing should be in full flow and it's also when my Bream lake, Patshull Park, opens for coarse fishing again.

Ya not fancy trying a bit of piking in the winter?
 
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