Today dawned bright and cold, glass firmly in high pressure territory so it was be piking not chubbing. The river was low and even clearer than Monday but with a minimal breeze. I'd bought a pack of blueys to complement the sardines, not sure what species they actually are but quite oily and surprisingly durable.
The rod with the new reel was first to go, not a stern test for the drag setting but again came after a small twitch on the bait. Small, but pretty as a picture. Not easy doing a selfie on a DSLR..
I repositioned the other rod bearing the remaining LIDL vintage reel and on the gentle lob out heard something land on the bank. I went to turn the handle to engage the bail and it wasn't there.. the retaining fitting that enables left or right handed useage had come loose. fortunately the reel handle itself had not fallen in the water and it was possible to fish on though gingerley..in fact the other two fish taken both fell to that rod. Both came above and below a bush feature on a long straight and unfortunately both more the marks of otter damage. As before, both fish came after twitching the bait
I'd caught this one on Monday as well and hadn't weighed it then. Today it went 9.04
I have retrieved the previously jettisoned reel from a suitably sun warmed and festering bin to salvage the retaining pin so will have something to use on Friday for the last day. I won't return to this stretch this season due to the recapture. Back to Kings Beck or perhaps brave the throngs on Swanton Morley for pike in the day and chub into dark?