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Fished the high bank with the Binman today. We hoped to start an hour after low but the amount of silt deposited on the low tide mark made it decidedly unpleasant so we twiddled our thumbs for an hour. Fishing wise it was a bit slow for the first hour but then the flounders started showing and it was steady sport up to high tide. The strong tide meant that unusually for there breakaways were needed. Baitwise lug and rag both worked with more bites on rag but the better ones seemed to prefer lug. I left a bit early having had 12 flounders with Barry on 6 but he phoned me a few minutes ago to say that he'd had number 7 and it was a pb of 42 cms. He took a photo on his phone so hopefully I'll add it to the report later. In the meantime youll have to make do with a pic of my biggest, posing with my new rod.
 

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At the risk of.......you will not see true plaice from the upper thames estuary. It is not an estuarial fish and does not like brackish water. Any reports of plaice are invariably colour variants of flounder. If you see both together a blind man could tell the difference. I used to think this about large silver eels possibly being strap conger, until I caught my first one from the Bristol Channel.
Thats why i thought you were in flounder heaven :bounce: Prehaps it was the dagenham area where they being caught not sure.
 

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If you roll on the Bass they'll look like Rays !!

Nice one Miz.
 

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Nice bit of fishing Miz, and good to christen the New rod too. I didn't get a Sausage on Saturday by the bridge, well other than a couple of suicidal pins! I'm going to give thasmesmead a bash tomorrow with Jay.
Nice report make, take it easy.

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Hi Ben, theres been some big old tides these last few days and although Ive not fished it, the river narrows a fair bit at the bridge and I suspect there was probably too much tide there for flounders. far better to seek out a bit of shallower water where the tide is gentler. upstream of the bridge there looks to be plenty of features on the kent side, muddy bays and little rocky points. A couple of hours in the right place is better than eight in the wrong one. Time spent investigating the ground at low water is always time well spent.
Nice bit of fishing Miz, and good to christen the New rod too. I didn't get a Sausage on Saturday by the bridge, well other than a couple of suicidal pins! I'm going to give thasmesmead a bash tomorrow with Jay.
Nice report make, take it easy.

Ben
 

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nice day for it too John, shame the big ones were not around in any number before xmas, Steve would have beat his 40 then and maybe gone well past the 2lb mark full of roe
 

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on my own at the moment mate I think that will be the place to beat my 40cm
Steve do the rspb at low you may be in with a chance then move to cold harbour for high. Had a few this time last year all to strips of squid(your only fishing for one fish using that tactic though). Get a whole days fishing that way as never done any good at high over the rspb
 
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