Words and pictures by Pat Gillett:
It seems almost forgotten these days but the start of the traditional coarse fishing season is just around the corner (the glorious 16th). For the first time since the old close season was abolished I have not wet a line since the 14th March (apart from a week in France) and so will be very much looking forward to getting on the river and lakes when time allows.
The stretches I fish will be mainly overgrown (due to no anglers ‘hacking’ out swims or pathways) and so will be lovely natural places to be whilst nature is in it’s full ‘summer glory’, the sort of places you would just enjoy sitting there, even if you weren’t angling.
This season I shall be fishing the Upper Trent, the River Dove, the River Severn, the Warwickshire Avon and hopefully later on in the year, a new river for me, the Derbyshire Derwent.
Don’t know how the un-seasonal weather will affect the fishing at the start, but I suspect that it may be pretty much like last year with the barbel and chub being late in spawning again and so making location difficult as all the fish could well be grouped up in small areas.
So although I know this is mainly a carp fishing site I would just like to wish everybody who ventures out onto their local rivers, all the best for the coming season.