First time on the Kennet

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First time on the Kennet

Post by ExeAngler » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:11 pm

Good afternoon Gentlemen. It is my 45th birthday next Friday and I am thinking of a days fishing somewhere a bit special or different. I was considering a days Sea fishing, but it is a long way for me to travel and I do not fancy the upper Bristol channel. So, I am thinking of travelling from Wiltshire down the A4 and giving it a day at the Old Mill, Aldermaston. My 7 year old son will be coming along to keep his Dad company on his birthday.

Does anyone have any advice on fishing it for the first time? It will probably be a day after Small to medium fish to keep the little chap interested with, hopefully, plenty of bites.

Any information would be most welcome.

I am happiest on the float and will fish the lead if required.

Thanks

Andy

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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by Flickem » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:39 pm

If you are after small stuff, maybe try the slower canalised section above the main weir. The weir pool of the small weir can also be produuctive.

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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by Kev Parr » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:25 pm

Do ask if Peter (Arlott) is about - if he is, then he will put you on fish. Really lovely man and knows the river as well as anyone. He looks after the water and is there most days.

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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by Flickem » Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:30 pm

Agree with Kev. Peters yer man.

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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by ExeAngler » Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:01 pm

Took a walk around yesterday afternoon, as my wife and I were having a day out at Silchester Roman Town. The Old Mill is a Lovely place, in fact, one of the best pieces of river I had seen for a long time. 4 guys were fishing, 2 in the weir pool and 2 on the lawns?. Only small fish had been caught but it was very warm and about 1 in the afternoon.

Definitely/Maybe going to fish it some time, although not this week. The weather is not looking good so may fish closer to home and the traffic will be busy coming back from London on Friday.

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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by Bumble » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:24 pm

Hi Andy if you fancy a day on the Kennet with me sometime I would be happy to meet you and get you a guest ticket for my local club Newbury. There is good Chub,Barbel,Oerch and Roach we have about 4 miles of the Kennet just above Aldermaston Mill.
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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by ExeAngler » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:29 am

Hi Bumble, That would be great. I am a bit tied up in August and September but in October perhaps we could sort something out? The Kennet looks a fine river and a very kind offer from you.

Kind regards

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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by Snape » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:49 am

I used to fish there a lot back in the 90s and fished it a couple of weeks ago with the Gobio society.
I have to say it isn't the place it was for the chub and barbel but if you are after smaller fish then as said the slower section above the main weirpool is good also the end of the run out in the trees of the stream which comes down from the small weirpool is also good for small roach, dace, small perch and gudgeon. Moley had some good dace fishing right next to the wall of the main weir on the right hand side looking downstream.
There is also a small lake which used to be full of small fish and some larger carp but Peter said the otters and cormorants had taken a lot of the fish from there.
It is a lovely place to spend the day.
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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by ExeAngler » Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:24 am

I had a feeling, after doing some research and speaking to people, it may be riding on past glories. Saying that, it looks a lovely place to spend a day trotting for Dace.

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Re: First time on the Kennet

Post by Dollar58 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:23 pm

My clubs stretch seems to have less barbel and chub but plenty of dace and roach and overrun with brown trout.

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