At the end of this first week of January it was a oportune time to pack a tackle box, rod and boots and head to the river for a spot of fishing.
Today we decided to head to the River Ash in search of chub, dace and roach. With a small box of maggots from Chapman’s in Twickenham we had a couple of hours before sunset to fish this small river that runs from Stains to the Thames.
The river cuts through 11km of the suburbs no more than 20ft wide but in the majority of its course 12-15ft and with pools no more than a meter deep.
The Ash cuts through some recreational grounds were access to several swims allows trotting between the bankside vegetation and hedgerows made up of bramble and Hawthorne. Fish can be heard breaking the surface of the water and we soon found out why.
After a few fish had taken the maggots trotted 18ins below the surface one good-sized fish took the maggot and ran hard and deep. Once the fish had turned I could start to reel it in only to notice that one of its flanks showed a redness and open wound. Having then landed the fish I noticed it had been attacked by a pike as the teeth marks were clearly visible, several other fish caught also showed signs of attack so could there have been a big pike chasing the fish and causing them to break the surface…