There you go Tim & Adam, use this one for the 21/22 season exploits.
Cheers, I’m still pretty pleased with the day. It’s quite a small river, but there’s some decent fish in it. I think the barbel record is over 16lb, and there’s chub over 5lb present along with some 20lb carp.Bream, Chub, Ide and a pretty decent Barbel if I do say so! Presuming it's quite a small river, I'd say that's a very decent mixed bag!
I think that's the way with river fishing, especially on small rivers for various reasons, tight lines though, the blanks make the catches even more memorable hopefully.It’s not all record breaking fish though, I’ve had many, many blanks before now. But just knowing they’re there keeps ya going back.
Told you you’d get one firstAs suggested by @AdamRussell93, it makes sense to have a River Dearne thread where we can report back on our sessions on the river. (@mods I don’t know whether you can merge the other Dearne threads from this year?)
Anyway, on to today’s session, which contained a surprise.
I was on the bank early this morning, first cast around 7.15. No float rod today, just my trusty JW Avon quiver, landing net, rod rest and bag with bait and tackle. I got some pva mesh in the week, along with some Sonu Spicy Sausage pellets in 6 and 8mm. Plan of attack was to rove from Harlington down to Pastures Road, fishing straight lead with a hair rigged 8mm pellet. Feed (2,6,8mm pellets) was all introduced via the pva mesh bags, attached to the lead clip.
It was a much slower start today, no first cast chub. I tried 3 different spots before the tip finally went round and a 4lb bream came to the net.
Another cast in the same spot just produced little plucks and rattles. So I moved on. The next swim produced a chub of about 2lb, I’m always happy catching chub, no matter what the size.
That was it from that swim, so on the move again. A couple more different swims, more taps and rattles. I had one on for a short while, but it slipped the hook.
The next swim was a bit of a Bear Grylls jungle expedition. I chopped my way through the nettles and found this lovely sight.
On with the pva bag full of mixed pellets, and I waited, and waited, and… you get the gist. Finally a big rattle and I lift into what feels like a bream. It wasn’t a bream, in fact I’m not 100% confident what it is, but it looks like an Ide to me. The pectoral fin is concave, and it fought like a bream rather than a chub, so I’m saying Ide, unless anyone can tell me different? Either way, it weighed 3lb and looks a nice fish.
That was the only fish from that spot.
I had to leave by 4.30 at the latest to pick my son up. So with half an hour left I decided to drop in to a swim not far from where I’d parked, for one last cast. I’d shortened my hooklength from 3ft to 2ft to see if it made a difference to the taps and rattles. I also shortened the length of the hair, I was sure the plucks were chub picking the bait up and dropping it.
Last pva bag on and an underarm cast, set a timer for 15 minutes, and waited. The rod hooped over and I lifted into what felt like a chub. Unfortunately it came off leaving a big silver scale on the hook, must have foul hooked it.
As everyone single one of you knows, one last cast is never the last cast. So I baited back up and flicked the rig out one last time. 5 mins left on the timer, praying for one last fish, when all of a sudden the rod went over and I was in again. This felt more powerful than a chub, and when I saw it flash just under the surface, my suspicion was proved right. It was indeed the fish I’d come for, a barbel! It fought hard but I soon had it in the net. Wasn’t a monster, but at 6.5lb and the first one I’ve caught since 2015, it was very welcome.
That really was my last cast. I can’t wait for the next one now.
(I didn’t intend to write so much so apologies for the lengthy post)
TLDR went fishing, caught some fish.
I was expecting it to be barren but there was a load of kids swimming and drinking at the salmon run where I was the other week and then a load of lads where I mentioned earlier. The only downside of Dearne is the fact that there are big fish in it and everyone knows.Nice one Adam! Two cracking chub, especially that second one. A very good result for just two hours fishing.
I know what you mean about the other lads fishing, it does tend to attract plenty of undesirables down there. You can tell when they’ve been there just looking at the rubbish left behind. I dread to think how they treat any fish they catch.