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Maidenhead rod Liam Fowler weighs in a cracking early autumn specimen

The warm weather has continued and despite cool overnight temperatures water temperatures have remained high and in conjunction with lots of sunshine the local fishing has remained tricky. That said there were some interesting results last week.


Late tench

It was very much a case of the late, late show for gravel pit tench last week as Maidenhead rod Liam Fowler weighed in a cracking early autumn specimen of 7lb 4oz.

Tench are, of course, caught during the cooler months but they can be tricky, especially away from the smaller commercial pools. Liam had spotted what appeared to be good tench rolling in his swim while (unsuccessfully) carp fishing the Twyford venue a couple of weeks ago and he returned last week with scaled down tackle to try for them.

Fishing the maggot feeder, with four red maggots hair–rigged on a size 12 hook, Liam took the big fish late in the morning, along with another nice fish of 5lb 8oz. Both tench were banked on 8lb line.


River Thames pike

My mention of local beats of the Thames producing some goods nets of roach prompted a couple of readers to have a go for them, including Bourne End‘s Ben Tucker, who set up light waggler and pole kit.

After a short spell of feeding the roach did start to move in but Ben told me that it wasn‘t long before the pike moved in on the roach and instead of netting roach he spent most of the morning playing and losing pike and being bitten off.

Ben is not the only angler to experience this during the past week and there are actually some very fine pike showing in the river at present. October is traditionally the start of the pike season and it looks like the Thames could well be worth a look!


Island Lake carp

Anglers chasing large carp have managed to find some reward recently and Theale‘s Island Lake produced a lovely 22lb 14oz mirror carp for venue regular Darren Bennet. Burnham–based Darren targeted the margins (always a good shout on this water) with a cut down boilie fished over a bed of chopped baits on a size 10 hook to a 20lb braided hook length with 12lb main line and a 4oz running lead.


Learn to fly fish for free at SGFC

Staying in the same area, the Sportfish Game Fishing Centre at Theale is offering a free day of fly casting tuition and fishing to all beginners, with ladies and juniors especially welcome.

Taking place from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 19th October and centred around the venue‘s Kingfisher Pond, all attendees will be instructed by the Sportfish team on entomology, basic trout fishing and fly casting and everyone is guaranteed to catch their first trout, which the team will clean and vacuum pack for you to take home for dinner!

The event is completely free, but lunch is available at £10 per head if required. Places are strictly limited and may be booked on a first come first served basis by calling the fishery on 0118 930 3860.

Regulars at the SGFC will be delighted to hear that the autumn season opening date for the fishery has now been set for Tuesday 1st October. Haywards Farm Lake always fishes at its best during the colder months, so if you enjoy your trout fishing make sure it‘s in your diary.


The week ahead

The forecast suggests a little rain and temperatures beginning to cool off slightly for the week ahead. Prospects should improve as a result.

Any anglers wishing to report catches may contact me at

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