With the summer quickly disappearing and with me not get enough fishing in, I decided to have a go at a new water – the Jubilee River near Maidenhead. I’ve looked at the stretch a few times, usually while cycling, so I knew what it looked like, but information on the stretch was very light on the ground.
|The Jubilee River|
I picked a peg a few below the bridge, set up a waggler (it was flowing very slowly) found the depth (deep, about 8ft) and started fishing a few rods lengths out whilst pinging maggots over the top.
The action was almost instant. From bleak.
So it was a case of feeding one area, casting to another and then once the bait had got to a decent depth running the rig through the baited area. This started to work and produced a string of roach.
|First roach of the day|
Nothing massive, but nice fish in the 4-8oz band in absolute mint condition.
The water was surprisingly clear close in, and as you looked down into the margins you could see a myriad of fry rushing about. This is a good sign for the future, I suspect this stretch could be something special in the future.
|Crystal clear in the margins. There are some fry in this picture, but they are very difficult to see.|
Later on a tried another peg further down on one of the canal-type sections where there is an island in the middle of the flow. This was amazingly deep and I found that I had nearly the same depth as the rod length under the rod tip. Fishing close in produced a few nice roach, dace and perch before the swim died. What I would have given for a pole at this point and some groundbait – lesson for next time.
|Fishing underneath the rod tip|
Final swim for the session was above the bridge on the outside of a bend where the current swung towards me. A hefty cast out into the flow (which was still quite slow) followed by a could ‘pult of bait produced some more roach before this swim finally slowed down and I called a halt to my short session.
|Quality roach from the Jubilee|
Quality roach, barely a soul to be seen – I think I may have to have a few more goes at this venue.
Needless to say, work put paid to that, but then there’s always 2017.
|Another view - it's starting to look like a proper river|
Getting back to the car park I happened to bump into a regular on the venue and got lots of tips on what’s present along with how and where to fish it. So hopefully, next time will be even better.
Total catch: about 40 fish (mostly roach) for 7lb odd.