Having spent a fruitless afternoon on the Medway on Saturday , with kayaks all over the bloody place ,racing up and down.
Why cant they just go somewhere, and not came back for a couple of hours,every 10 minutes the same flotilla of twenty or so would come hurtling through taking up the whole width of the river,travelling at well over the 4 knot speed limit that motor craft have to observe. the wash from twenty speeding kayaks is quite substantial I can tell you ,so it wasn't long before the river was clouded up, I concentrated around the deeper water ,with slowly retrieved texas rigged grubs and and worms ,just bumped along the bottom
But nothing wanted to play ,I had a throw with a couple of hard lures as well, just in case, but got the same negative response:(
Met up with Mark "Arveey" fellow Kent perch angler and founder of The Perch Forum, on Sunday morning, to fish what was a couple of days ago a splendid looking River Eden.
When we got there we realised that the water level had dropped a couple of feet , I have never seen it as low, even in the summer months, in some places there was only 8-9 inches of water, where there is normally 2 -3 foot .
Someone, somewhere is mucking about with the water levels,but seeing as how it was about 6ft over its bank the other week, I cant think that any farmer is short of H2O at the moment, unless one of the local commercials are topping a new c##p puddle up !
any way we slogged on none the less and it was 3 hours later that "arveey" got the first fish, which was a cracking looking perch, on a 2" Relax Kopyto lure of course !
a fish of about 13/4lb -2lb
same fish - different photo
and it looks a lot bigger !
Big enough to juggle with as well !
I only managed a small Jack on a drop shot rig , my only bite of the day (week end ! )
we then decided that it was time to admit defeat, and head home.
Not great fishing ,- but a nice December morning, spent in good company, on the river bank!