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Post by George1994 on Wed May 30, 2012 6:56 am

Hello everyone, first post :)

I was just wandering, being so close to open season 'n' all, what you guys in general think of the fishing in thames? I dont really target particular fish, just wanted to get an overview of what its like on the thames.

I'll be fishing anywhere between Staines/ Laleham and Kingston if this helps at all!

Cheers guys!
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Re: Thames fishing

Post by longshot on Wed May 30, 2012 7:17 am

Hello and welcome to the forum. As a long time Thames angler I recommend you check out the T-A-C website through the link below. It'll offer a great deal of information on the mighty Thames. But don't forget to lets us know on here how you Thames adventures go.

http://t-a-c.actionboard.net/

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Re: Thames fishing

Post by Kieran Docherty on Wed May 30, 2012 7:35 am

Welcome to UKFF George, i think your question has been answeared.
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Post by George1994 on Wed May 30, 2012 1:25 pm

Brilliant, thanks for the warm welcome!

I'll be using that site a fair amount in the future thats for sure! Wink

Thanks for the fast reponse also!
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Post by George1994 on Wed May 30, 2012 1:26 pm

Hows the perch fishing in the thames? I have a thing for big perch and would very much love to pull out a monster!

:) Cheers boys!
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Re: Thames fishing

Post by longshot on Thu May 31, 2012 12:37 am

If you look hard enough you'll discover some huge Perch in the Thames. There really is no easy way to put you on the fish, but plenty of leg work and homework will get you results.

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Post by George1994 on Thu May 31, 2012 4:06 pm

longshot wrote:If you look hard enough you'll discover some huge Perch in the Thames. There really is no easy way to put you on the fish, but plenty of leg work and homework will get you results.

I suspected as much, but thanks anyway :) Ill try fishing lures and spinners i think, ive never really tried that! Also ive recently brought an 8ft drennan spinflex 2lb test curve rod, what do you have any opinion on this rod at all?

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Re: Thames fishing

Post by Woodchucker on Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:37 am

George1994 wrote:
longshot wrote:If you look hard enough you'll discover some huge Perch in the Thames. There really is no easy way to put you on the fish, but plenty of leg work and homework will get you results.

I suspected as much, but thanks anyway :) Ill try fishing lures and spinners i think, ive never really tried that! Also ive recently brought an 8ft drennan spinflex 2lb test curve rod, what do you have any opinion on this rod at all?

Cheers, George.

Try livebaiting bleak in the margins for the Perch, simple lip hooking with a Drennan double hook to a 15lb trace and 12lb line will do the trick Wink

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Re: Thames fishing

Post by George1994 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:58 am

Woodchucker wrote:
George1994 wrote:
longshot wrote:If you look hard enough you'll discover some huge Perch in the Thames. There really is no easy way to put you on the fish, but plenty of leg work and homework will get you results.

I suspected as much, but thanks anyway :) Ill try fishing lures and spinners i think, ive never really tried that! Also ive recently brought an 8ft drennan spinflex 2lb test curve rod, what do you have any opinion on this rod at all?

Cheers, George.

Try livebaiting bleak in the margins for the Perch, simple lip hooking with a Drennan double hook to a 15lb trace and 12lb line will do the trick Wink

Well as soon as the thames opens for fishing I'll give this a go and keep you as updated as I possibly can :)

Cheers for all the tips guys, really loving the forum :D

Thanks, George.
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Re: Thames fishing

Post by Woodchucker on Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:38 am

George1994 wrote:
Woodchucker wrote:
George1994 wrote:
longshot wrote:If you look hard enough you'll discover some huge Perch in the Thames. There really is no easy way to put you on the fish, but plenty of leg work and homework will get you results.

I suspected as much, but thanks anyway :) Ill try fishing lures and spinners i think, ive never really tried that! Also ive recently brought an 8ft drennan spinflex 2lb test curve rod, what do you have any opinion on this rod at all?

Cheers, George.

Try livebaiting bleak in the margins for the Perch, simple lip hooking with a Drennan double hook to a 15lb trace and 12lb line will do the trick Wink

Well as soon as the thames opens for fishing I'll give this a go and keep you as updated as I possibly can :)

Cheers for all the tips guys, really loving the forum :D

Thanks, George.

Spinners and small plugs would be my first attack just because you can cover more water but livebaits will get you some action from Pike, Perch and Chub Wink

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Re: Thames fishing

Post by George1994 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:49 am

Woodchucker wrote:
George1994 wrote:
Woodchucker wrote:
George1994 wrote:
longshot wrote:If you look hard enough you'll discover some huge Perch in the Thames. There really is no easy way to put you on the fish, but plenty of leg work and homework will get you results.

I suspected as much, but thanks anyway :) Ill try fishing lures and spinners i think, ive never really tried that! Also ive recently brought an 8ft drennan spinflex 2lb test curve rod, what do you have any opinion on this rod at all?

Cheers, George.

Try livebaiting bleak in the margins for the Perch, simple lip hooking with a Drennan double hook to a 15lb trace and 12lb line will do the trick Wink

Well as soon as the thames opens for fishing I'll give this a go and keep you as updated as I possibly can :)

Cheers for all the tips guys, really loving the forum :D

Thanks, George.

Spinners and small plugs would be my first attack just because you can cover more water but livebaits will get you some action from Pike, Perch and Chub Wink

Ive never used livebait in my fishing career haha! I will give it a go as soon as I fish the thames, are there any rigs you could recommend? Ive seen a few but dont know what works efficiently?

Cheers, George.
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Post by longshot on Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:54 am

Paternostered live baits will do the job, small bleak, Gudgeon, Roach etc are all good baits. Because the Thames has a good head of Pike and quite a few Zander a wire trace is advisable when Perch fishing. The predator anglers on here will know better than I as to exactly how to set the rig up, so perhaps one of them will tell you.

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Post by George1994 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:34 am

longshot wrote:Paternostered live baits will do the job, small bleak, Gudgeon, Roach etc are all good baits. Because the Thames has a good head of Pike and quite a few Zander a wire trace is advisable when Perch fishing. The predator anglers on here will know better than I as to exactly how to set the rig up, so perhaps one of them will tell you.

Yeah, Ive heard of Paternosed livebaiting, Ill give that a go i think. Im going to head to the tackle shop near me on saturday, buy a wire trace, the lake im going to on thursday doesnt contain pike, but when I head for the thames then it will definately be in place!

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Post by longshot on Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:41 am

A word of warning regarding Thames fishing. The lower river has a problem with the dreaded Mitten Crab, so it's a good idea if you fish around Teddington on the tidal to keep your livebaits moving, so trotting them rather than static is perhaps better. Above the weir they are less of a problem but still present.

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Post by George1994 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:52 am

longshot wrote:A word of warning regarding Thames fishing. The lower river has a problem with the dreaded Mitten Crab, so it's a good idea if you fish around Teddington on the tidal to keep your livebaits moving, so trotting them rather than static is perhaps better. Above the weir they are less of a problem but still present.

I had never even heard of this crab before, just done abit of research and they seem to be abit of a menace, thanks for the tip :)

You might just have saved me from future annoyance!

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