So. Up towards the pool, resplendent in the September sun.
Dropped in on the bend which turned out to be a bit of a nursery area, flake being hammered by little tykes too small to hook. No 16's in the box so down instead to a 14 and a smaller bit of flake. Stated to hit a few bites including a very small chub, and though not the pettiest today the biggest dace was this one.
I had just got some semblance of feed and semi control when the dreaded Mitchel bail arm flap occurred. I have discovered that mostly it is due to a bent bail arm, not the spring but in this case the spring certainly was where it shouldn't be and so that was that for today at least. It's no good being able to run the float through, trap the line on the spool rim and strike if you then have to fumble to turn the handle and set the bail arm all at once, by hand.
Had a quick look on the gravels at the tail of the pool and amongst the dace and roach was this lovely little wild brownie. Not sure what the slightly longer, leaner fish top right of the trio is. I'm guessing chub with that white mouth flash and more corally fins. Kingfisher sped across the pool, this time more chestnut than azure.
Macca was on Captains so called in on the way home. He' d been on Cobbleacre over the weekend but had been put off by the catfish (it's a designated catfish receiving water) so had finished off in Dead Mans Hole. Had 3 carp today and some bream, missed a take when I was there. Has convinced me of the better approach on Captains. No peeing about with KD's etc. Be confident. Had some predator action in front of him, one lunge was definitely a good sized perch.
And 23 more fish have gone in, including a lovely linear mirror. Wants to put some tench in but very expensive and hard to get at any size . Far better sourcing some new strain small tench as the one's that do come out are old and battle worn
I had had a look last night, and run this little feller through a few times to see just where was less weedy. The bigger light coloured fish I saw last week was soon having a look see in the disturbed silt. The level is way down now, and the lilies are browning off in places. Kingfisher ( that azure flash and shrill call) seen.