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Pole fishing, first time in ages!
WHILE having a recent clean-out of our fishing shed I found our 12m pole along with a few top kits.
They looked quite sad, not having seen any daylight for at least a year. Finding them had enthused me to go pole fishing again and so I went along to our local tackle shop where I bought elastic, pole floats and a few other bits and bobs. Next I organised a trip to Tanyard for carp and bream on the pole on coarse pool 2.
Carl and I arrived early afternoon on a very windy day. While unloading the car I noticed bubbles, swirling water and fish crashing in the shallow water next to coarse pool 3. It soon became obvious where I would set up! I had three top kits set up, two with 12 elastic set relatively light for the skimmers and bream, but not too light in-case a big carp zoomed off when hooked, and the other with a cup on the end.
I started the session by plumbing up, finding out that it was only a foot to two feet deep. There were so obviously carp there by the amount of bubbles. I decided to use 4×12 pole floats which take only a few number 8 shot and I knew my bait would be on the bottom quickly as the water was very shallow. I would fish about an inch over depth as it was quite windy.
I chose two spots, one in open water and the other next to a bush where I would expect the carp to be later on. I then baited by cupping in two big balls of ground bait into both spots, along with some corn and pellets for the fish to grub around for.
I waited five minutes then shipped out to the open water spot with a hookable pellet on a size 16 hook and a few pellets in the cad pot. The rig was lowered in and fizzing started around my float. The float slid away and I lifted into a perfect small skimmer. I was very happy to have my elastic stretched again! I shipped out again and lowered in the rig. This time the float went, I lifted and the elastic went streaming out the pole. After a long fight I had the carp on the bank, a lovely mirror on the second ship out.
I decided to have a look on the line that I had baited to the bush in the water. After three put ins I had caught three flying bream that launched themselves out the water when hooked. I don’t know why they do this but I thought it was pretty impressive! I tried again and again on the pole line to the bush but there was to be no carp. However, the line in open water was fizzing and after a few more hours I had caught a number of carp ranging from about 2lb to 5lb.
I had completely forgotten how fun pole fishing can be! It is so accurate and hitting bites is easier. Nearing the end of the session when the wind really picked up, I made a change to the Method feeder with groundbait and a banded pellet. I clipped up to the far bank and put in a few feeder fulls of groundbait. On the fourth cast the rod tip wacked round and a hard fighting carp came slowly to the net. I had a few more carp and bream on the feeder but the weather was getting worse and it was time to go home.
As I packed up I knew that I wanted to do more pole fishing again.
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