As I walked home from work, yesterday night, the calls of Redwings could be heard in the darkness - newly arrived migrants or simply birds moving within the UK? Conditions were overcast, yet still, and their calls carried in the night sky. The weather/seasons are completely out of sync! There are Sycamores with all their leaves, the Rowans are loaded with berries (yet no thrushes) and Birches are resplendent in their Autumn finery - everything is a month, or so, behind schedule?
The pike of the RMC are equally affected, although I am experiencing a moderate level of success, there is no pattern to my results and I am getting very little return for my efforts. On Sunday morning I was fortunate to meet up with a local angler, Bob, who I not bumped into before. He was a really nice guy, full of advice on the fish of the RMC, a very competent, and experienced, big fish angler. We spoke of the Barbel in the R.Stour, he'd spent a couple of years fishing the river, five or so years ago and was of the opinion that the venue was "difficult" to master - his best fish going little more than 10lbs! He also spoke about the Chub fishing potential of the river - he'd taken fish to 6lbs; very much in line with our results.
The wildly exaggerated claims, that I have seen, are beyond belief - hence me placing four images on the Ramsgate Dragoncarp "Wall of Fame". If I can be bothered to go fishing for big fish, then it stands to reason that I would like to know the weight when I'm fortunate enough to catch such a specimen! This "I don't carry a camera or scales" nonsense doesn't work for me! I keep meticulous records of every fish over 10lbs, that I've ever caught, plus photographic evidence. It could be that I am not so successful that I can't afford to dismiss these "low-doubles" - however, I would prefer to see it as a mark of respect for every individual fish that graces my landing net..