Slightly different tactics would be employed this time. The link-leger would be used, of course, but also I had brought along a float rod complete with stick float. With the evenings lengthening I would have chance to trot a few swims before the darkness made it impossible.
So back down the stretch it was, fishing a few swims in the darkness as I made my way back to the car. However, I didn't receive even one enquiry on the quiver tip. All very unusual.
The fish here really do respond well to bread usually but not on this occasion. Well, having said that I have yet to catch a roach from this stretch on bread and I have had a few from here now. As darkness fell I turned to my banker smelly baits, namely cheesepaste, flavoured luncheon meat and even pellets but to no avail. In fact I have never had a bite on any of those baits on this stretch at all. I seem to have discovered chub that don't like cheesepaste and roach that don't like bread...mmm, food for thought.
I enjoyed the session anyway and it was great to try a different tactic here for once and that in itself caused me to fish a few swims I would have usually walked past, one where the nice roach was lost. That one is logged in the fishing bank for next time.