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Four spice, same as it ever was.

Something is happening, it’s happening right now and why is a complete mystery to me. The fish are reappearing. Explain that, I can’t. I can’t be bothered to look it up, but it must be eighteen months, maybe two years since we had any worthwhile fish from any of our favourite spots. Rumour has it that some of them had been electro-****ed, one or two had certainly made it onto the tube. Neither reason should really spell the death of our fishing at least for the perch, but something had. It wasn’t just here and there that the fishing went off, it went off like a twelve week old chicken in a broken fridge - everywhere. But...

 

 

Something has changed. Terry rang, he’d had a few. On our last trip out with the lures, we did too. Then last week, Colin came up and took Pete out to one our oldest and most favoured haunts where they caught perch to just shy of two pounds. His waters back at home in Oxfordshire have begun producing as well. We went out today and after a slow start in the bitterest, bleeding fingers cold, caught several nice perch of around a (weighed ) pound and a half. Big fish that fought hard and long before succumbing. So hard and long in fact that two really nice ones showed us their tails and spat the hook.

Throw in a bream, a pike and a small Z and it was an all round good morning offering plenty of promise for the future. I still don’t get it though. Electro-fishing shouldn’t have affected the perch, but something did. Swims that produced lots of one to two pound plus fish held, or at least yielded, nothing at all. They could have moved of course, but they never moved and fed anywhere that we went and we covered a lot of water for the best part of a year before giving it up. More mysteriously our ‘dibbling’ results plummeted as well and eventually it just got to the point where it wasn’t worth the now painful effort.

 

 

 

I’ll tell you how much better it was today shall I? Pete was catching on crankbaits with the trebles replaced by one single at the back. Nice to see the hard baits working again.

Today it was same as it ever was, hits became expected on every cast at times and something happened often enough in many places to stir the blood. In fact a cast without a take was a surprise, if only for a short while, in one or two swims. And to cap it all the productive swims were the same productive swims as they always were. Logic says they have just moved back, but God only knows, I don’t.

 

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