After leaving work about 5:15pm I was soon heading up the M1 towards the river Trent. With the radio on it was apparent there was an international security incident unfolding at East midlands airport, which is off the junction I was heading for! Sitting in the tailback on the motorway I noticed a convoy of both marked and unmarked police vehicles rushing past on the other carriage way, lights ablazing. I hoped I'd be able to get to the river before dark, as it turned out I didn't. The reports went on to say that a suspicious package had been taken away for scientific examination. I wonder what was in that convoy of vehicles I saw ?
I was fishing for both zander and barbel with a rod out for each, what with the recent mild conditions I figured I had a reasonable chance. A roach head was cast under a overhanging tree to my left in about 6 ft of water and a lump of meat was cast to a near middle crease just out of the main flow. To cut a long story short neither twitched nor moved for about three hours despite several bait changes on both.
I had a number of 4 or 5" roach left in the cool bag and wanted to make use of them so decided to cut my losses and head for the canal on the way home. Arriving about 10:00pm, I found parts of the canal covered in autumn leaves so decided to try a bait under a large raft of these first. One was was cast under the leaves, and the other to the shelf under a far bank tree. After 20 mins - nothing so I moved back down towards the marina stopping along the way to try the occasional likely spot.
I eventually ended up at the hot spot in the marina, but even here a take could not be enticed. The fish must be already past their evening feeding spell was my conclusion, as I have experienced this two or three times before. I think you have about three hours after dark then the fish seem to go off the feed. I'm not sure if they have another go during the night as I've never stayed out past about 11:30pm to try. I know there is another spell before and into dawn but again I have rarely tried at this time either. If I can get a pass out I might just forgo my extra hour in bed tomorrow (Sunday) due to the daylight saving ritual and try a dawn session for them.
On the way home the radio reported that President Obama had confirmed explosives had been found in packages loaded onto planes at East Mids, Dubai and at an Airport in the US !