Me and Bully were due to have a week long trip around the canals of Shropshire and Staffordshire after tench, but the awful spring weather put us off.
In the end we went to the GUC in Warwickshire for a few days.
First day was cold and windy, so much so that I went back to the camper to warm up. We had a few bits and pieces, but nothing exciting.
For a man that "doesn't drink in the week", Bully managed to put away a beer or two in the evening back at the camper. Curry and chilli, cheese and biscuits, lots of unhealthy snacks, we dined like Kings.
I got through several sets of earplugs too, as the man who doesn't snore was wheezing like a throttled pig.
Friday was a fantastic day. We were sheltered from the wind and I sat there in a T shirt soaking up the sunshine.
I fished a pole but also put out a sleeper rod, hoping for a tench, short hook link, cage feeder, bolt rig styleeeeee.
I swung the bait out a couple of yards from the bank to my left and got on with the float fishing.
Within ten minutes the sleeper rod whacked round and a decent bream ( by canal standards ) of around 3lb was the result.
Next cast same result, another bream. And so it continued. I heard sniggering and looked round and Bully was poaching my swim. No shame some people.
The sleeper rod continued to produce on and off all evening, unlike the float, which was very slow, although right at last knockings I had a couple of very nice rudd to 1lb 5oz and a decent hybrid.
Bully managed to catch quite well on the pole in the end too, having several decent bream, plus rudd and hybrids. He nabbed this 1lb 5oz roach from a different swim in the morning too.
We packed up in the fading light, the birds still singing and bats darting overhead, a fitting end to a really enjoyable day.