Today I went to a stretch of the river Adur that is new to our club called Cemetery Wood. Hassocks Angling only acquired this new venue at the end of last season, so it remains an unknown quantity. I managed to fish it a couple of times at the tale end of last season with my best fish being a pike of 9½ lb, But with the mild weather and the regular flooding I only had those two trips.
New season, new venue
With the 16th just ten days away, my friend and committee colleague Tony and I have come down to Cemetery Wood to mark out swims for the new season. Having been here in the winter when all the vegetation had died back, I was able make mental notes as to where to fish in the summer knowing it would all be overgrown. Approaching the river through dense undergrowth can be tricky, so to make the river as accessible as we can for our members, the maintenance team will come back in the week to strim paths and swims.
The Cemetery Wood stretch looks very promising and I can’t wait to give it a go, but I doubt that will be on the 16th. I will probably go to one of the clubs tidal stretches of river as the tide is favourable on the first day. I intend to adopt a simple approach with just float fished maggots, being on a river again catching a few fish is all need on the first day, wherever I end up I will let you know.