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As most car boots were closed last weekend due to the snow, a few will be open for business tomorrow but in freezing temperatures. If I can drag myself from under the duvet in the morning I may head out early to see what can be plundered. A few good tackle finds have been made from the warmth of the front room, these being a mix of floats, shot tins, bait dropers, Devons, vintage priests and a haul of Rapala lures off the net. http://rapala.com 

One interesting purchase was an oversized lure in the form of a jointed trout, its weight of 85g and size of 22cm would put it up for bait for a large pike or zander. It came from the US but like most things from across the ‘pond’, size matters.

After a walk in the freezing cold this morning which included a visit to the local farmers market and always ends up with few gastronomic purchases but much sampling. After a general mooch about it was time to head downstream and take refuge in the warmth of the Blue Anchor just by Hammersmith Bridge. An independent public house that always stocks agood range of beers. A pint of Rebellion beer was ordered and I sat and watched the hoards of walkers and local supporters of Fulham pass by as the winter sun reflected off the incoming tide. http://www.rebellionbrewerybeer.co.uk

My journey proceeded further downstream to Craven Cottage and after a full 95 minutes of watching Fulham FC against Stoke it was time to head back upstream as the sun set behind Barn Elms Boathouse. What was interesting to note was how high the tide was and as we walked along the Riverside stand observed several streams of bubbles rise to the surface and move about, so clearly some fish on the move, possibly enjoying the remains of the Rollovers discarded into the Thames as fans left the ground.