Fishing the tiny River Medlock and beyond

Fishing the tiny River Medlock and beyond

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Nice brekkie, shame about the fishing.

Today saw Andy and myself head over to a favourite spot on the River Trent at Rolleston near Newark. Normally a banker this venue for a good net of silverfish and the odd Barbel. I was hoping to land a Barbel to round off a smashing season. Car loaded we headed off, stopping en route at a 24 hour corrugated iron cafe by the A616 on the outskirts of Sheffield. Funny thing was the only people in the cafe were all on their way to various fishing venues, 3 carloads of us.

Full up and raring to go we arrived at Fiskerton post office to pick up the day tickets, then headed down the country tracks to the river in the back of beyond. It is getting close to that time of year when the seat box comes out and the gear that you carry that you never use follows you to the canal. I don't know how I manage on the Meddy with a small bag.

Anyway to cut a long story short, the best bite we had today was in the cafe on the way. We sat on a very high River Trent for 6 hours and neither of us had a bite that we could strike at in earnest. Tried everything that I could in the trying conditions but to no avail. Andy is a very capable angler and he faired the same. Last time we were on we both had 10-15lb of silvers.

So that was that, I could have walked to the Meddy and probably done better. That's fishing for you, and on a different day we will go back to Rolleston because if nothing else it is one of the most rural parts of Nottinghamshire and is a lovely place to sit in the sun, which actually showed itself for a lot of the afternoon. I think I will stay local for a while now though. I only have two spare days now before the river season ends then it is on to the canals for a few months.

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