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Big Fish Column: Fishing on still and flowing waters moves into autumn mode

Cooler weather brought a slight improvement in results from around the local venues last week with fishing on both the still and flowing waters beginning to move into autumn mode.



On the stillwaters the onset of autumn often heralds some of the best carp fishing of the year and two anglers enjoyed great results with the species last week.

The Island Lake at Theale is developing into one of the better big fish waters that is open to all on a day ticket basis. Originally designed to be a carp match fishery the fish in the pool have grown on steadily and now holds a good head of 20lb plus fish with a few beginning to top 30lb. The fishery has a reputation for producing well through the winter and is already beginning to show great form.

Twyford’s Bob Edwards fished a 48-hour session on the lake last week and was rewarded with a common of 18lb 12oz and a stunning, almost linear-pattern, mirror of 27lb 4oz. Bob presented a Mainline Baits boilie over a bed of chopped baits and hemp to fool both of the fish and banked them with the aid of a size 8 hook, 25lb coated braid hook length, 12lb main line and a 3oz running lead.

Also scoring with a good carp was Graham Lloyd who fished at Winkfield’s Royal Berkshire Fishery to net fish of 8lb, 12lb 8oz and 17lb 12oz from Lake One. Graham presented a pellet and corn hook bait in conjunction with a method feeder to take all the fish. A size 10 barbless hook to 10lb main line and a feed of softened pellets proved successful.



Onto the local rivers, the Kennet has been out of the spotlight for most of the current season – for reasons we have discussed in this column on numerous occasions. However, it is not all doom and gloom on the river as Simon Farr proved with three good chub to 5lb 14oz from the Burghfield River section. Si presented a pellet hook bait in conjunction with a feeder packed with liquidised bread and mini pellets.

Big Kennet barbel do, however, remain few and far between and the best of the local barbel fishing is on the Thames and Loddon with the latter river still producing regularly. The best Loddon fish reported by a local rod last week was one of 8lb 4oz that fell to the pellet and paste combo offered by Wargrave’s Todd Stevenson. Todd hooked the fish an hour into dark and beat it on a size 9 hook with 10lb main line and a 2oz running lead.



Onto trout prospects and I spoke with the Thames Water team over at Farmoor last week and they are delighted to advise that after a tricky summer, that saw Reservoir One shut due to high water temperatures, the fishing is now beginning to improve.

Water temperatures are now down to 17C and returns from F1 last week saw an average of 1.5 from the bank and 7.0 from boats. On F2 the figures were 1.1 from the bank and 1.2 from the boats. Size 14 / 16 buzzers, diawl bachs, emergers and daddies are the patterns to be on.

The forecast for consistent and relatively cool weather for the week ahead should bode well for a continued improvement in prospects for coarse and trout anglers alike.

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