Thursday is our Big Fish Blog and it’s the turn of Marukyu, the Japan-based bait innovators with products specially designed to catch UK fish.
The words below come to us from their man Nick Marlow (pictured right), the well-travelled former editor of Tackle Trade World.
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AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET
Traditionally this is the time of year when less and less people go fishing. It’s cold and wet – so who can blame them?
But for those of us prepared to brave the elements at this time of year, there really is some wicked fishing to be had… and it’s not all carp either! This year I have been moving massively out of my comfort zone and trying something new. I’ve been predator fishing.
Predator fishing is something that I’ve shied away from all of my life. I always viewed it as a bit of ‘chuck and chance’… and I could not have been further from the truth.
Trying something new always puts you on a bit of a steep learning curve – and I have to say, it’s really enjoyable.
In the main I have been splitting my time between lure fishing – just wandering the banks with a lure rod and a small ruck sack of bits and bobs… and dead baiting – where I usually go with a friend and the ever important ‘brew kit’ – well, you’ve got to have a cuppa when you wait for it to happen haven’t you?
To be honest, in my mind at least, deadbaiting and lure fishing are actually miles apart from each other… and some say never the twain shall meet – but I have to say I am really enjoying both of them!
Take the last venue I fished as a prime example – Shardlow Marina.
I was joined by fishing buddy and old school mate, Franz Evert. We went with a preconceived plan (something I am insistent you should never do, by the way!) to have a nice day’s deadbaiting for pike and zander. No pressure… just plop the baits out and have a nice chat – mainly putting the world to rights.
We had a cracking day and caught plenty of nice pike – and it was very relaxing and pleasant indeed!
Rewind to the very back end of last season and we had a fantastic day on the same venue lure fishing. A completely different and more mobile experience – casting and moving – but just so much fun! And the real beauty is that because we were casting and moving – we learnt so much about the water. Where the deeper bits are. Where the pray fish gang up. Just general watercraft really – but in a fast track way.
So it might be cold out there – but there are plenty of fish to be had… and as they say, a change is as good as a rest!
So if you are getting tired of sitting by those bite alarms, or are not enjoying these long winter nights – why not give it a go? You never know… you might enjoy yourself!
Top tip – Get on the soft plastics!
These things are brilliant as you get such a lifelike action from them – and the fish really grab hold of them too.
Fish them slow and close to the bottom and you’ll be amazed at what grabs them. Perch, zander and pike are all partial to a lifelike soft plastic – as well as the occasional chub.
Fish as light as you can – I’ve tended to fish 3lb fluorocarbon direct – and you can have one whole heap of fun! Of particular note, Ecogear Grass Minnow, Para Max and Ikajaco have done the business for me.
Top tip – dead bait fun!
So far this season I have had far more success on small deadbaits than large ones. And when I say small, I do mean small.
I’ve mainly been catching on small (3”) roach – as I am fishing for the zeds as well as the pike. But when things are slow… try half a roach. I’ve caught on both heads and tails… and had river pike well into their 20s on them – so give it a go!
The real advantage with small baits is that you can use single hooks as well… makes unhooking pike so much easier!
THE NEXT BIG FISH BLOG WILL APPEAR NEXT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22.