IT’S time for our must-read Sunday blog on this new-look Angler’s Mail website. Every Sunday we welcome coarse fishing all-rounder Colin Mitchell.
For many years Colin was a senior Angler’s Mail magazine staff man and he has enjoyed a long, interesting journalism career. He understands match fishing, pleasure fishing, carp fishing – the lot.
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A BIT OF BRAINPOWER = MORE FISH!
ANYONE with a bit of fishing experience knows about watercraft and how vital it is to catching well.
Yet I still see so many anglers who are ill-prepared, just cast out anywhere or take no notice whatsoever about where fish are caught.
My mate and I smiled the other week when we clocked a guy pole fishing at around nine metres with that orange line used on sea handlines – and with a bite alarm!
Don’t ask me how the bite alarm was meant to work as I haven’t got a club. We shouldn’t have smiled but what else can you do? The guy frowned as we walked past…
Forget the weird tackle set up for a moment as it’s where he was fishing that leads on to the rest of the story.
He was at nine metres yet everyone nearby who was catching was fishing down the edge, among the reeds, with a rod and line or a short pole.
It didn’t take a genius to work out where you needed to fish at this venue.
In fact any angler worth his salt would have aimed for the reeds, the points of the islands or next to any other features like the bridges and the few overhanging bushes.
You all new that though, didn’t you? So who is asking about where you fish in a swim with none of the above features?
Those swims that look devoid of something to fish to are rarely that!
The obvious things to discover are the drop-offs and shelves. Fish love to swim along shelves looking for grub or patrol the slope of the drop-offs for titbits or along the bottom of the slope in the deeper water.
Likewise they will look for the same features where the water might slop up again to a plateau. That’s why plumbing all over your swim is so important.
At the fishery mentioned, where it’s always appeared to be the norm to chuck out a feeder to distance if you haven’t got a feature, I went to great lengths to find the depths.
At 11 metres I found a deeper channel. Not very wide, not a significant drop-off, but deeper water which I reckoned could just hold a few fish on a very sunny day with no ripple.
That lack of wind which led to a glass surface also meant that fish weren’t keen on giving good bites on the feeder so a pole and float approach would give better presentation and hopefully better bite indication.
Bream and roach were the target in those bright conditions so in went a pot of pellets, a bit of fluffy groundbait and a few grains of corn that I’d mashed up.
Not only did I catch bream and roach, mostly on corn, but also had a nice bonus tench, a lovely fish in conditions where I hadn’t expected it.
My mate had struggled for small fish on the feeder so he went on the pole fished very close to the bank next to just a couple of pads.
No surprise that he got a lot more small fish but he also had a bream and was unlucky to lose a good tench at the net.
Just goes to show…don’t stick to the tried and trusted when they are not working.
Use a bit of brainpower and try something a little different. It just might pay off.
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