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KEEP CHIPPING AWAY….


IT’S easy to get the distorted view that everyone else is catching when you look through the news pages of the Mail on an average week, especially if you’re not!

I know I’m having a lean time of it at the moment and suspect I’m not alone.

As I read this week in the mag, about the effects of the heat wave and subsequent thunderstorms, oxygen crashes, algae, and fish deaths, I suspect some of the fish I’ve been targeting have simply been laying low.

Ok, my last couple of sessions have been on new venues, so I shouldn’t beat myself up too much, but I thought I was in with a chance.

I’ve even tried turning my attentions to the sea – an evening session for bass off the beach, but no joy. Bass fishing always brings me down to earth with a bang. The sea is a ‘big old swim’ and it’s easy to be in the right place, but at the wrong time.

A few years back I was very lucky enough to boat a cracking double-figure specimen, which snaffled a big mouthful of squid intended for cod – when I try and catch them by design however, I struggle.

I did have some ‘fishing fun’ of sorts just before my bass session, going for an evening paddle on my surfboard – with a doctored handline attached to my foot! I figured if I was going for a paddle I might as well see what was about!

I cut some crude feathers from a holiday handline and replaced them with some smaller Sabiki type lures and a 4 oz lead.

I had all these on my left foot!

I paddled out into the water about 100 yards, dropped the lead to the bottom, pulled it up four feet to clear any snags, and wrapped the line around my ankle.

I then paddled for probably a couple of kilometres and bumped into a small shoal of mackerel in a busy ten minute spell.

I felt my foot suddenly ‘go light’ which was obviously the hooked mackies coming up-in-the-water taking the weight of the lead. I had three on at once, then I had two, after paddling back round as best I could over the same spot, then a single fish before I lost the shoal. They were down deep and not showing on the surface.

I ‘worked’ the lures by lifting and dropping my foot as I paddled, checking the depth every so often as I went. All good fun, and a few bass baits sorted.

I’ve just dropped onto a new water for carp, which already looks like a bigger challenge than I expected. It’s day ticket, they go to 30 lb, and some of the fish have not seen hooks before but I’ve realised that doesn’t make them easy.

There’s no night fishing and several frustrating bait bans, but for now I’m up for the challenge.

The other afternoon, I turned up, found the lake to myself, had a good look round and followed the bailiffs advice of ‘take advantage of the lake being empty.’

I dropped bait into ten different spots and did six circuits of the lake before night fall, visiting each spot, each time round with the Polaroid’s, hoping that I might find one of the ‘biggies’ clouding up one of my spots.

A bait snaffling orfe – taken over a spot I’d primed for carp.

I dripped a bit more bait in each time I did a circuit, but ended up with one cheeky tench under my belt. I’ve since had more tench and golden orfe too.

I now suspect the carp may be lying up in deeper water until water conditions become more favourable. There seems to be an algae bloom and very little carp movement in the edge. No one else seems to be catching, so it might not just be me!

Conditions have changed in the last few days though, so hopefully things are looking up. I’ve just got to keep chipping away.

 

 

 


AM LIKES OF THE WEEK

BREAKTHROUGH IN THE CONTROL OF CORMORANTS. Read about it on page 9 in this weeks Mail. It’s been recommended that three fishery management advisors, employed by the EA and Defra will co-ordinate action in areas worst hit by cormorants.

NASH BREAD BOMBS. This week’s Product News, p21, reveals a handy little bait band for bread. Great for crust or flake fishing.

AM DISLIKES OF THE WEEK

ANGLER FATALITIES, FISH KILLS, POLLUTION AND POACHING. I’ve never known a week like it!

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

TV star Matt Hayes is to launch a new range of fishing tackle – check this out!






Behind the scenes at Nash Tackle with Tom Forman…..