I spent a short four hour session on the upper Adur for the first day river trip of 2016. I went to the clubs new water Cemetery Wood, which I think holds great promise and looks beautiful. Being part of the upper Adur, Cemetery Wood is quite narrow and at this time of year about five feet deep. The water flow was very slow despite the recent rain, so the usual river floats were left in the box and a waggler used instead.
First day on the river
I brought two pints of maggots to use as bait and feed, maggots are a great catch anything bait and allow an angler to get an idea of the species of fish in any venue. The only problem with maggots is that they do attract small fish, so I expected them to do just that and I wasn’t disappointed. I don’t know how many small fish I caught, but I caught a fish per chuck for four hours so it was quite a few. Mainly Chub and Roach with just one Rudd, none of them bigger than my hand. I hoped to see a few bigger fish, but was unlucky on this occasion. Another angler also caught Perch and Gudgeon, so a good mix of the usual river species.
It’s clear I will have to target the bigger fish with tiddler proof baits and rigs. Next time I go to CW I will target just the Chub, I know fish of over 4lb have been caught upstream so I’m confident there will be similar at CW. All in all a good session on the first day at a new venue and valuable information learnt to help build up a picture of how to fish this venue. Next time, different bait and different method and hopefully better fish.