A brief walk along the shore from Small Profit Dock to the White Hart pub resulted in some interesting finds. In the bitter cold morning air the bright blue sky gave way to incoming clouds which had all the hall marks that snow was on the way.
With the tide on its way out I notice a large silver bar on the edge of the water, this being a good-sized bream but with damage to behind the gill from a bird attack, no doubt a cormorant. It was washed up close to a spot where we know bream congregate just under Barnes Bridge at the back of an eddy where an outflow joins the Thames.
The water ran with pace and the margins were gin clear with sticklebacks darting back and forth, one had found itself stranded on a step, probably having been dropped there by a gull, still alive I put it back in the water.
As I took to the tow path and towards White Hart Lane there washed up on the grass bank were several floats, clearly lost but now found and will be added to the collection. The round pilot pike float had been feasted on by the river rats that seem to think the orange paint indicates a tasty morsel, their teeth marks clearly visible on the cork, I’ve seen this several times before. The other floats were a pike slider and a ROX Professional float a sign that a friends from Poland had been out fishing.