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Another year gone
THIS year has just flown by but it’s been a great year for Pallatrax with the awesome new winter bait, Winter Almond, hitting the shelves and more exciting times to come in 2014. What a great season it’s been so far.
June saw Pallatrax at the inaugural Longleat Fishing Show with hundreds of people attending our live demonstrations and discussing tactics with us. This was followed by an end of month trip to the Royalty fishery where Ray Pulford smashed his PB with this 13 lb 9 oz barbel and Jez managed this 14 lb bar of gold the same evening.
July found barbel specialist Luke Ayling fishing the renowned Pallatrax tactic of Stonze & Squab for another 14 lb’er from the Kennet whilst Tony Miles got amongst some awesome gravel pit tench.
August was blazing hot and Ray Pulford took his daughter, Neeve, to the Wye where she landed her first ever barbel on the ever reliable Elixir bait. Jez and the guys also had some great success trotting squabs under a float on the pin, well worth a go.
September was the month for the carp lads to get stuck right in – here is Mark Owen and James Wenglorz with beautiful Squab caught fish.
October also saw some decent breaks in the weather and new Pallatrax Team member Josh White caught this great looking chub on the new Winter Almond bait and Pallatrax Emperor lakes owner Dave Lidstone caught this 3 lb+ perch utilising the Stonze and Method mixes from our range.
November and the Grayling fishing starts in earnest and here are some of the team with their catches, there is more on the tactics used to catch these in this month’s tip outlined below.
And so the year draws to an end but not before Luke had this 7 lb+ Kennet chub and new Team man Tom Batchelor managed his first double-figure pike on his first outing with the team lads.
The Grayling Grenade…
Grayling fishing doesn’t necessarily utilise Pallatrax terminal tackle – small size 18s and floats are required and these aren’t in my Pallatrax box. But there is a universal element to all my fishing and that’s the excellent range of Pallatrax Natural method mixes.
As you can see from the photo I mix up small balls of method with some maggots in and give it a good coating with some Pallatrax overspray. When these are thrown well upstream of the Grayling the resulting ‘explosion’ ensures the maggots are on the river bed and an amazing food trail is heading down stream.
This has been a real edge for me and last weeks session resulted in five 2 lb grayling on the banks including the fish below. It’s something a bit different but well worth a go so pull out the ‘pin and lob in the ‘Grayling Grenade’….
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