Sunday 30th January, 14:15 - 17:00. River Sowe Ernesford Grange. Sunny, 5C.
After a busy weekend away visiting my mate in St. Evenage [that's Stevenage to you and me] and prior to an evening out at The Stanton, Coventry's finest social club which has Cobra on tap and great Indian food, I squeezed a small amount of time onto a small river hoping for a big roach.
I'd recce'd this stretch the week before whilst my son swam at the nearby school and was keen to give it a try.
The first spot was a pool on a bend.
I fed mashed bread and red maggots very lightly and after twenty minutes had a couple of bites, the second of which resulted in a small chub.
Now I know it's tiny but I'm well chuffed with this fish, it put a big smile on my face.
I tried a couple more spots and caught another slightly bigger chub on a piece of bread.
I started getting bites immediately after casting into one such spot. Unfortunately without a roach expert on hand I was left wondering whether the plucks I was receiving and missing were from small chub or finicky roach.
Whatever they were they'll keep.