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Location: Somerset. UK
|Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:13 am Post subject: Levels 2019-20
|My first Croc trip of the season on the Somerset Levels nearly had to be called off when shortly after arriving I realised I had left my reel back at home. However the conditions looked so good that I decided the 60 mile round trip to fetch my reel was worth the effort even if it did mean I wouldn't start fishing until early afternoon.
However looks can be deceptive. While the water clarity was good, I soon discovered that the higher water level meant that access to the waters edge to net fish would be challenging in many areas without waders so I had to avoid areas I would normally fish. This meant lots more walking than I planned to do was necessary.
Despite this, I was still expecting to catch my first fish fairly quickly but after a couple of hours with just one half hearted pull, my spirits were beginning to sink especially as I encountered more weed the higher up the stretch I went. But eventually everything locked up and after short pugnacious fight this rather lean fish came to the net ...
After that I fished my way back to the car and as the light started to fall, lots of baitfish starting topping but there weren't being harried by anything below and I didnt have any more action. So despite a slow start it was good to get out again, although I think I'll wait until more of the weed dies back before next time.
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