“The weather conditions made it a real effort to leave my warm bed behind and get to the river, however once I’d arrived it was a magical day to be out on the bank” explained Martyn.
“I wasn’t the only mad angler out there, and a friend of mine had agreed to meet me at the river. With neither of us knowing the stretch of river very well we decided to rove around and try a number of spots in the hope of finding a few fish. We gave each area 15 to 30minutes and opted for worms as bait, hoping it would give us a chance with a number of species.”
“Despite both of us fishing a number of likely looking areas the morning passed without incident. We then dropped into a new area just upstream of an overhanging tree and within minutes both of us where getting knocks and taps on the quiver tip. My friend was first to strike, with a cracking 3lb chub soon posing for a photo.”
“There was definitely still fish in the area and a few casts later saw my tip wrap round and a fish was on. At first I thought it was another small chub, and it wasn’t until the fish popped up close to the net that we both realised it was a big roach.”
“It was a real bonus, and will be a fish I’ll remember for a long time given the conditions on the day.”