Opening Night on the Weir

Zerkalo

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I decided to bring in the new season with a night session starting at midnight on the local Worcs Stour Weir.

Arriving at 11am in the hope there'd still be some light proved a fools errand as it was pitch black down there by then. Not to worry, had my head torch and rod already rigged up. I tried to take a photo but it came out black even with the flash so here is a picture of the swim taken at 4.41am.

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It's quiet down there at the best of times, tucked out the way down a lane near my village, so tonight was eerily quiet save for a few bats. I usually chicken out as it gets dark so it was a new thing for me fishing at night here. Turned out to be nothing to be afraid of, but a bit different.

I was on my usual tactics of a maggot feeder but had some worms with me just in case. I'd spent the hour I waited until midnight trickling in hemp and maggots so expected a quick start.

I got that with 6 Chub in the first hour. Then it slowed up a bit with 3 fish in the next two hours, leaving my with 9 Chub and 3 Eels at 3am.

Then I lost a fish and it seemed to kill them peg. I also got snagged and lost my rig so had to tackle up again in the dark. Took me a while to thread a Preston FeederBead.

I did have another couple of Chub before I packed away at 5.30am. And a bonus little Perch the one time I tried worm as bites had become more finicky on maggot.

That left me with a grand total of 11 Chub, 3 Eels and a Perch. I'd say I had close to 30lb with that.

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So quite a good start to the season. I've said before that sometimes the Chub can be a bit straggly at this time of year, but they were actually quite plump and well conditioned today.

I'm tired now so maybe a bit of a jumbled write up, but glad the session went ok and glad to be back on the weir!
 

MrBen

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Nice write up and good catch. Think you’ve got your am and pm muddled buddy.
 

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Well done for getting out, it looks like you were well rewarded for it. That’s a good chub haul 👍🏻
 

Zerkalo

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Cheers al! I've just woke up, thanks for the kind response! I must have been tired when I wrote the report; am and pm muddled... quiet... at a weir! :LOL: It was the start I'd hoped for though, being full of Chub this time of year, it could all change and be full of Chublets etc in a couple of weeks, Barbel by Autumn, but it's not that predictable which is why it's one of my favourite spots!
 

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Thanks for all nice comments and likes! It probably won't fish this well all year now! :LOL: I look forward to autumn when the Barbel might move in. Mid summer can be full of small fish for a couple of weeks which if there's enough of them can be fun on the float. We'll see. Good to see you post again @Ausho
 
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