What happens below the surface is pretty much part of the magic of Angling so the tackle we put below can be critical to success . This blog will share with you my “go to ” rig which has always caught me fish , and no surprise my PB In June this year, as well as my favorite bait from our portfolio.
I am Jonathan Wells a Beechwood Baits angler and passionate husband and father, If you want to know more about me or the details of this blog you will find me on the Beechwood Baits Facebook pages so hit me up for a chat.
So my go to presentation that gives me confidence and catches me fish is the “Helicopter” rig with a heavy lead.With the top bead either running free or set to drop off if there is a breakage, this ensures the fish will never be tethered. In my opinion it is the most versatile set up around and one of the safest for the fish.My chosen rig for the helicopter is a simple D rig with a critically balanced hook bait .My preference being Musselberry red with one of our adjusta plugs.
My usual go to was a PNBA plug but with my last quest bagging me my new PB at a new very hard weedy water of 25 acres I though about mixing things up a bit.
With the venue in June fishing hard it gave me the chance to try all of the plugs in our portfolio to which my success came from one of our Tangz plugs so I can definitely recommend trying this and can see that being my new go to Adjusta plug .With the helicopter setup I either have a small mesh nugget slid down the rig or a solid bag with the helicopter lead inside of it. My mix includes musselberry stick mix and mixed Trigonella and musselberry chopped boilies. That is personal preference as I am still undecided what is my favorite but i can recommend both to try if you’re considering trying this rig.
So a short and sweet Blog sharing my favourite rig which worked for me in a hard weedy venue and could work for you too! Tight lines and enjoy your fishing.
Day one at Westwood Lakes while waiting for our lodge to be ready saw us have a 4 hour stint on Osprey, which is a newish match lake where all pegs are identical looking and ideal for a bit of speed fishing on light tackle. I set out using Drennan Aqua F1 elastic and Daiwa white hydro in my top kits, shalla rigs with size 16 and 18 guru qm1 hooks with my bands tight up against the hook.
“Osprey lake is a 25 peg strip lake ideal for club matches. It is 13 meters across and 250 meters long. There is a shallow 2ft deep shelf either side and down the track is 3.5 – 5ft”
Bait was an easy choice glugged in Trigonella 6 and 8 mm pellets and feeding micros, this soon changed to just feeding 6mm pellets every put in.
The fishing was frantic, once the feed started to go in, getting bites every put in but also
lots of line bites and loosing fish.
After about an hour I wasn’t putting in as much feed, just loose feeding 6mm pellets.
Fishing up against the reeds on the far side brought some barbel and carp upto 3lb
( taking care to give every fish especially the barbel time to recover in the heat )
The fish were of a small standard with being a new lake but was great fun on light tackle.
Ian and Stu were enjoying the fun aswell.
a well-earned break with temperatures upto 30 degrees and Ian supplied some welcome refreshments.
Back to it and it was pretty much the same but by now we were fishing right in up against the bank getting a slightly better stamp of carp and barbel, as you can see in the picture it was quite ” Extreme margin fishing” )
Not a water I would want to fish all day but a match situation or a few hours of fun then yeah great, in a few years when these fish have matured there will be some great weights coming out for all anglers!
A brief account of my time spent with a few friends at Lloyds Meadows throughout the summer months and the great success I have had trying out Monster Lobster paste feeding micro pellets and plenty of them.
It started off on a sweltering Sunday afternoon with fellow blogger Danny Bellfield and a short walk up to Heron, plenty of silvers in the morning then an afternoon of carp on the new Monster Lobster paste I’m testing.
My next trip out to Lloyds Meadows was with fellow match team angler Dave Williams from Warrington Angling Centre and we decided to fish Kingfisher a short session but some quality fish.
With the school holidays in full flow myself and Stu had a special treat for Lucas and Kieran…..a spot of night fishing was on the menu and WOW did we catch lots of fish spread over the two days added into the fun and none stop smiles from the kids we couldn’t have asked for anything better!
Kingfisher today presented another chance for me to get back on the paste and try to get some of the big carp hiding away but for most of the day they were basking around up in the water and not feeding, lucky enough for us we was feasting on breakfast barms off Sarah and a brilliant birthday cake for me off Stu!
We still managed to get a few fish on a day were the conditions just didn’t suit fishing.
Myself and Lucas decided to fish Kingfisher again but this time we didn’t arrive until 3pm the sun was still up but the fishing into the cooler evening was great fun and none stop action, and with Danny and his daughter fishing next to us there was a bit of banter as well, the paste and pellets approach was devastating.
Not one to miss a opportunity we decided to fish Badger lake on the bank holiday Monday which the previous day had produced good close match weights.
Trolley loaded up and we headed off to the far side of the lake which I had not fished before, such a great day fishing again on pellets and paste feeding micros and 4mm pellets, what stood out for me today was a superb match lake which made you work for your fish swapping swims around and tinkering with float patterns keeping you busy if you wanted the rewards.
I suppose those of you who are regular visitors to Lloyds Meadows can all understand its takes a few visits because these fish dont just jump on your hook but when you get it right there is not many places that can rival it for quality fishing………im realy looking forward to the winter fishing here and hopefully get some great bags of Ide, Chub, Roach and Bream aswell as the massive Perch that are in Heron lake.
Well the day had arrived the one that we had all been eagerly awaiting are week-long road trip to Westwood lakes ,we were like a bunch of kids at Christmas .Myself and fellow Beechwood baits team member Brian Coakley ,decided to set of around 7-00 am we were meeting fellow Sunday crew angler Ian Adams at hawks head services ,stopped for a coffee and a chat then back on the road .we arrived at Westwood lakes around 10-30 had a walk around ,Brian went to sort the lodge out and was told we could not get in till 3pm .The temperature had now risen to around 30 degrees, we agreed to do a spot of speed fishing on osprey lake, fishing was fast and furious.
After fishing none stop for a couple of hours in red-hot weather, Ian Adams reappeared. With bottles of Kopparberg and magnum ice creams; what a man! Time for an afternoon siesta.
Myself and Brian even did some extreme margin fishing, Ian kept catching fish steady, apologies for some of the selfies.
It was just a half a day on the pole, it was just two rigs for me, a short slapping rig and a deck rig, bait was 6/8mm pellets glugged in Beechwood baits Trigonella feed was matching Trigonella micros and 3mm pellets.
DAY TWO ON KESTREL LAKE
Me, Brian and Ian where up at 4-00 looking forward to fishing Kestrel, we picked are pegs for the day, my peg was looking along the large island, my four set ups for the day was pellet wag, tip rod, deck rig and margin swim on the pole.
Brian had opted for pretty much the same set up, so are day began, my peg was screaming out for the pellet wag, bait was FEED+X soaked in monster crab, after second cast fish on, Brian was also into fish in his peg, we both kept feeding are margin swim little and often .Ian decided on the peg with the aerator going full blast as the temp was already 29 degrees Brian had a carp to 15lb, tench to 5lb and bream to 4lb I had carp into double figures the average barbel was 3to 4lb tench, ide, roach, we finished the day with nets over 140lb .Ian’s best fish was a 7lb barbel.
DAY THREE HAWK LAKE
This is the quirky lake where you walk onto the island and fish out, another early start for me and Brian 4-30, this is for a few reasons; one we get to choose or pegs and the heat through the day plus we couldn’t get enough! We had left Ian in bed snoring.
My set up and bait for the day was feeder rod, pole for the margin and 13m pole to the far side, bait margin sweet corn over micros glugged in Trigonella, on the feeder Musselberry 10mm bandums, as in the other lakes the aerator is left on for the welfare of the fish. It soon became obvious the margins where the place to fish. We were joined around 10-30 by Ian after his snooze, at the end of the day we all would have had nets over the 100lb once again. Brian got his margin swims fishing well, left hand side seemed to produce barbel and silvers while his right hand produced carp. After a hard days fishing we left Ian to carry on he was hitting a rich vein of form.
DAY FOUR SKYLARK LAKE
This was the lake directly outside are lodge not a long walk, I set up left side of the bridge Brian on the right, and Ian was further down my left hand side. I started off by doing a bit of gardening on my island margin swim, what started off as a nice day.
Later it turned into a monsoon with thunder and lighting, we all decide to have a break as no fish is worth risking your life for. This turned out to be one Brian’s best day’s with a huge amount of fish caught fishing a paste he has been developing with the boss Gav down the edge, myself and Ian both did well fished mostly 8mm pellet glugged in Trigonella.
DAY FIVE THE RETURN TO KESTREL LAKE
It was are first time to all fish together, Brian, me and Dave fished one side and Ian, Michael and Callum was smashing the ide on the opposite side, all in ear shot of each other just so the banter can start.
I started on the pellet wag as did Callum, bait was the new Beechwood baits FEED+SSP we have been testing and proved what it is designed for, feeder rod micros and 10mm bandums all glugged in Trigonella to match, probably one of the best methods of the day was slapping with 8mm pellets glugged which accounted for multiple hook up for me Brian and Dave all at once, I even managed to catch two barbel.
With the aerators on it was like fishing a small river, so I decided to put a deck rig on bulked the shot down the line, fished at 8 meters and trotted the float through which caught me plenty of barbel, it had to be one of my best days with an estimated weight of 140lb+, Michael and Ian where having a great day too. As always fish care is up most in our minds especially in this heat, even when Brian is in the middle of the action he still has time to help a fellow angler!
DAY SIX KINGFISHER LAKE
Brian and I had a bit of a lie in 9-00 start, the other lads went to fish Falcon. Kingfisher Lake is the original lake on the complex, with some cracking stock of fish which include barbel 10lb+, carp 20lb+, tench 5lb+ bream 6lb+ roach 2lb and some big ghost carp. Methods for the day was feeder again my trusted micros and 10mm Trigonella bandums, shalla slapping with 8mm pellet and the constantly fed margin swims. That would be our target for the afternoon!
Last day for us all this would be a day of two halves, first we tried swallow lake, this is supposed to hold some of the larger stock, we did think about this being a rod day, but we had a chat the night before to a regular who told us not to forget the margins.
Tactics for the day was pellet wag, method rod and the pole set up for the margin. I started catching from the of on the method 10mm Musselberry doing the business, the rest of the lads where all catching, Michael was catching plenty in his swim the aerator giving plenty of movement in his swim, Dave had a nice tench around the 4lb mark.
Brian and Callum where catching steady. I had noticed my margin swim getting stirred up, so I set up the margin rig, fishing in about 18inch of water bait was 10mm Trigonella wafters, after putting a bed of mixed pellets, I ended up catching some nice carp.
After around 11-30 we decided on a move back to Kingfisher, Michael wanted to stay on Swallow as he was catching, when we arrived at Kingfisher it looked quite busy, but luckily for us a group of anglers where just leaving. We all jumped on a peg, and was soon all fishing again, there were some awesome fish coming out, lovely barbel. I left the lads to fishing as I headed back to the lodge early to make our dinner, the lads stayed on till late as they were smashing it!!
Beechwood baits smashed Westwood lakes, till we’re on the bank again, Stewart!
A return to Cheshire fisheries on Sunday but this time a new pool for me and I went with a plan and was determined to stick with it even though as the week progressed the weather forecast was giving heavy rain and strong blustery winds which wasn’t ideal to my plan
8m paste/meat swim
The plan was fish paste and meat 8 meters out as the shelf drops and try and get some of the better stamp of carp but with these conditions presentation was going to be hard
musseberry red glugged meat
pole rigs for the day
paste and trigonella feed pellets
A quick walk round the pools and I was soon thinking I should of brought my rods but that but that would of been the easy option.So setting up and cupping in plenty of trigonella micros and fishing a decent lump of paste on a size 12 hook and the bites were slow in coming,feeding a pole pot of micros every put in and the bites started to come after half a hour missing most of them which got me thinking it was small fish. After about a hour I got my first lump of the day wow did it fight,for the next hour or so it was a even battle with me catching as many as I lost,this is were I probably need to fine tune my paste fishing as its not a method I use often.
Soon the weather started to get the better of me ,unable to present my pole rigs due to the strong driving winds and a little worried about pole damage this was sweeping across the fishery and never in the same direction for to long so I went onto a shallow rig targeting the silvers at 4meters out which was good sport on the light gear feeding maggots as well as on the hook
After a bit of dinner and a brew it was time to give it a couple of hours back out at 8m were I had kept feeding the pellets,the carp had certainly moved in on the feed with instant bites which started to bring hard fighting carp on the paste and a new bait for me glugged mussleberry meat always putting in feed after every missed bite of fish caught
A few for the camera
Not as many fish as I thought I would of caught but I lost a lot some that felt big and would not stop running when hooked,paste size was a issue for me aswell too small or too big there was always something nibbling on it and not always the carp I was after,the weather certainly played its part a few pegs down from me Dave had double the amount of carp I had using the feeder rod which let him have a better bait presentation in the high winds
A decent sort of day were I stuck to my plan and got more hours on the bank using paste which on its day is a killer method
Some of the guys on Team Beechwood are dab hands with the popular technique of pellet waggler fishing, and none more so than Barry Smith. So when I decided to take on one of the ‘Team Twister Challenges’, namely the ‘Pellet Waggler Novice’ challenge, I asked Barry if he’d kindly show me the ropes. Being the guy he is, he agreed without hesitation to help me out, even offering to let me use his pellet waggler setup. In fact, the only tackle of my own I used was a disgorger, old spoon landing net, and my very old but very trusty Shakespeare seat box! Its years since I last parked my behind on this big green lump of plastic, but as soon as I did all those magical memories from childhood came flooding back.
This box has done some miles I can tell you, and most of them were done strapped across my back whilst I pedaled furiously, traveling by bike to the next fishing adventure. Despite the years apart, it didn’t feel at all unusual to be sat on top of it again, wonderful thing it is!
The venue for the session, a few hours on a wet afternoon in early June, was Rosemary Wood. A venue stuffed full of fish, lots of them carp, and lots of them really good-looking carp too; if you’ve seen Barry’s fully scaled mirror from earlier this year you know what I mean, if you havent seen it, you have now:
So venue sorted, setup in order and a coach to guide me, I was full of anticipation to see how I’d get on. Handling the waggler rod, lighter match reel and line, wasn’t a concern, fishing with this type of tackle was how it all started for me way back at the beginning of my angling life. What I knew I would have to work hard at mastering, was the feeding style, and reading, or more importantly interpreting what the fish activity was telling me. A new type of water craft to learn if you will, and I paid very close attention to Barry’s every word from the off.
Barry had rigged me up an 8g float to get me started. We werent fishing miles out, but there were a few anglers on the lake so pressure was there, so a moderate distance was where I’d start. The weight of the float was more to do with enabling me to control it more easily, rather than for pinging it out at range. Main line was 8lb Guru Pulse down to 7lb Guru Drag, to a 14QM1 hook with a band hair rigged on. Bait couldn’t be simpler, 12mm Trigonella Pellets, further enhanced by being soaked in Trigonella Glug, and FEED+SSP for hook baits.
The 12mm soaked pellets are ideal for firing out with the catapult, achieving the desired range, accuracy and importantly creating a good noise when they hit the water. Being Trigonella, and further glugged in Trigonella, they’re highly attractive too. The glugging not only boosts attraction, but also makes the pellets heavier, so they can be fired out further, more accurately and again they make more noise, that all important ‘plop’, a key element in this method.
The FEED+SSP hook baits are something Barry and I have been developing for some time now, and they are specifically designed to be used as hook baits when fishing pellet waggler. Indeed, the ‘SSP’ stands for, ‘Slow Sinking Pellet’. They’re based on the FEED+X HNV bait, with some added attractors, an adjusted density so they sink at the desired rate, and capped off with the excellent Shellfish Sense Appeal label. They are absolutely bang on for fishing Pellet Waggler, and Barry’s input in its design has been highly valuable. From the start he knew exactly what the bait needed to do, and through various incarnations the finished product is exactly what we wanted it to be.
With the float set at about 2 foot deep, with a gap of about 4″ between the float stops, to create a bolt effect on the take, I cast out. I loaded the catapult with three pellets, and fired them at the float. As soon as the pellets landed in the water I was already loading the next three in the catapult. This method I was to learn is all about how you control the flow of the feed falling through the water. ‘dumping in’ a big pouch full of pellets isn’t the one, it’ll draw the fish down in the water, too few or too infrequently and the fish will drift off and you wont generate the competitive feeding response you need. Another three pellets are pinged out at the float. I reel in, fire out some more pellets and re-cast.
This pattern I endeavour to keep going for the next 20-30 minutes, at which point I start to notice the odd swirl as the pellets hit the water. Brilliant, I’ve got them in the swim and competing for the pellets! Still with the constant flow of pellets and casting, three pellets, three times and re-cast was my chosen pattern. Just as I’m getting into a nice rhythm the rods almost ripped from my hands and my first fish is on, and then off again….
Despite the lost fish, I was happy to get a bite and felt like I was now connected to the fish; by that I mean I had worked out the best timing between pinging pellets out to keep the fish really competing, and literally lining up waiting for the pellets to land.
Catching fish I found, really threw me off my rhythm in regards to feeding. Battling with a hard fighting carp meant a good 5 mins would pass without any pellet going in. Barry confirmed that when you ‘get good’ at it, you need to be able to fire pellets out whilst landing a fish. Something I didn’t try this time around, being my first go, but I most certainly will next time. What I intend to do is try firing pellets out with the rod in my hand to get the feel for it without a fish on first, and see how it goes. Anyway, my eldest daughter at 5years old, Livvy, my other helper on the day saw my predicament and proceeded to help me by firing pellets while I played fish in. Which was lovely of her, and would have been ideal had I been fishing 3 foot out, and six-foot to my left…….
A couple of hours in and I’d lost a few, and banked a few. No lumps yet, but steady away and I was really enjoying it. Rain was constant and at times pretty heavy, and as soaked through as we were we really didn’t care one bit!
To refine the tactic and try to convert the dropped fish into banked fish, we change the float for a 10g one, and shortened the length from float to hook slightly, only by a couple of inches. The extra weight in the float increased my accuracy in the head wind, made more noise as it hit the water and enabled me to keep a tight line from float to rod tip. This really helped with hooking the fish, because as I feathered the line, kept the tip low (something that was alien to me at first, but Barry guided me though the technique, I’m more sued to having the tip up on the cast, ready for the clip ‘bump’) with the heavier float this kept all the line in the water nice and tight. This meant the instant the float hit the water, if a fish took the bait straight away I was in instant contact, and the fish was on.
You know what, it worked a charm! I hit a sweet spot when it all came together; feeding pattern, casting, float control, twitching the float and hitting the fish. I hit a run of fish, after fish after fish, and in that moment I fully understood what makes this technique so special, and so appealing. It was mayhem, I was catching plump carp at a frightening rate!
Livvy was really enjoying it too! It’s a great method for the youngsters, very active, and if you get it right lots of action!
Inevitably the larger fish then started to move in, and some very large swirls started appearing in amongst the normal patterns. Ping, cast, ping, ping, cast, thwackkkkk, rod has ripped around the instant the FEED+SSP hit the water, and this is definitely a better fish on! It leads me a merry dance left, then right, then left again, taking a lot of line on a couple of powerful runs. Could it be one of the real lumps in here I start to wonder?
The rod is certainly giving me all its got, arched around in full battle curve mode, the line is giving me that gorgeous chorus as it sings under the strain! Check this picture out, you can’t hear the line, but the rod angle says it all:
As great as the fight was, it didn’t end well for me, and after several minutes of battling, it was one quick turn too many and the hook pulled. Gutted, you bet I was, and after that prolonged ‘drought’ of feed going in I didn’t really get them fully going again after that.
Still, I learned a lot about what is a really cool, and exciting method! We estimated I’d had about 45lb of carp in just a few hours, so I was pleased with that. We have another Twister Challenge called the ‘Ton Up challenge’, 100lb of fish from any method, so I’m going to dedicate a full day to pellet waggler soon and give that one a bash, look out for that one.
With the session drawing to a close, I decided to get Livvy on the old Shakespear box for a go. It was lovely to see her sat there, and the next fish we hooked she played in. Shes caught small roach and skimmers before, but to her these fish were enormous! She kept her cool, even though we sent it live on Facebook, and she netted her first ever carp. Absolute golden memories are made on the bank, friends, family and fishing, it simply does not get any better.
By the way, check out Barry’s awesome adventure into specimen carp fishing, in his blog series ‘The Water Shot‘, he’s on an amazing adventure, part of which unfolded in the swim next to me on this session. Yeah, you don’t think he’s going to a lake stuffed with carp and not take his new rods do you? Not a chance, and he bagged a couple of beauties too!
Till next time guys, look out for my ‘Ton Up’ challenge coming soon, and big thanks to Barry and Livvy on this one, couldn’t have done it without you guys!
A quick return to Lloyds Meadow Badger lake taking the chance to fish it as usualy its booked up for matches on the Sunday or I’m in work and as it happens we had a special on the Trigonella range for the bank holiday so with a little tweaking I took full advantage of it!
A warm day with a left to right wind and a clear sky and not much ripple on the water greeted us as well as plenty of varied wild life loving the immaculate looking lake pruned to perfection giving each peg features close in and across to the island.
My idea today was a relaxed session involving plenty of chat with Stu and Danny and to get a few fish in the net.
Feeding the trigonella micros soon got the small carp in the swim and as previous visits I had noticed how quick these little terrors were putting on weight and giving a great fight on light elastic and taking double maggot!
slopping up the pellets and feeding heavy brought some realy good Bream and quality roach.
A couple of pegs down Stu was bagging up but using the waggler to get some good ide and carp fishing shalla on the waggler as well as getting led a merry dance on his pole line from some hard fighting carp.
As the day drew on I took a break from the pole and got the feeder rod out chucking it across to the island were I had been firing in 8mm trigonella pellets, using trigonella 8mm wafters with micros in the feeder this method was a hit catching me a good stamp of carp!
For the next couple of hours the wind picked up and we had a little rain but the bigger carp came on the feed and the trigonella wafters were doing the business for me.
Probably the least fished of the 3 lakes at Larford but wow I think we would all love to have this at the bottom of our garden! No fixed pegs with a high bank on one side and a bank that enters the water on the other side letting you stay protected from the wind if you choose so.
Today was the day I tried out Feed+SSP. My SSP had been glugged in Trigonella for near two weeks now and smelt delicious!
on the waggler and bomb rods feeding 8mm trigonella pellets
Not using this bait before it was a bit of a learning curve for me so I started off on 15″ hook lengths on both waggler and bomb and a size 16 hook with a bait band on, the shape of the SSP suits the band perfect, firing in 2/3 pellets every 30 seconds soon got the carp turning on them but it took about 30 minutes to get my first fish.
A few more were netted whilst we still had cloud cover keeping the feed going in which was keeping the fish very competitive in my swim
Swapping over to the bomb casting in over the feed from the waggler kept the fish coming still feeding 2/3 pellets and casting regular
This session was going great I was firmly into my groove my feeding pattern was steady and the cloud cover was dictating my method of fishing
The fish were of a really good size not going below 4lb but fighting like fish twice their weight.
The highlight of the day was a stunning Common carp just over 16lb caught on the pole using the SSP this took me over 20 mins to get in from a swim I had been feeding with several large balls of ground bait and glugged small pieces of meat.
Finding a flavor that suited the venue I was fishing and then adding it to SSP really worked a treat for me today and as I mentioned before they were all good size carp plenty of them knocking on around 10lb, this product excites me because it seems to have possibly filtered out the smaller carp and the bream and has so many variants whether it be bomb, waggler or even the pole. Still a bit more tinkering to get the finished product but until then its been a pleasure!
Rain greeted us on our return to Larford lakes for our Beechwood Baits social and after a walk round the match lake my mind was made up it was peg 43 for me giving me 2 margin swims, Lilly pads and an Island to cast to.
Three swims for my pole line included some tricky looking Lilly pads to my left and two margin swims at 5m and 8m to my right up against the bank, my feeder line composed of 34g guru method feeder and a selection of hooks with bands and spikes at various lengths.
8mm pellets and wafters soaked in trigonella glug and corn were my main hook baits constantly firing a few pellets in every cast of the feeder.
Once I found my range with the feeder it was best to come off the island by about 3ft to avoid branches and leaves the fish started to come steady. Bream and carp liking what was on offer.
caught off the Island
caught using 8mm trigonella pellet
Plenty of fish movement around the lake which for a while I had to myself until the rest of the lads on the match side of the Beechwood Baits social joined me, as the fish seemed to be spawning on the specimen lake and they were soon into the fish.
Plenty of bites still on the feeder but choosing to leave it for a while as it seemed the smaller fish had moved in on the groundbait, this decision now became a pattern for my fishing giving it 30 minutes a time swapping from pole to feeder during the course of the day.
Lots more fish came as the day went on constantly feeding now introducing dead red maggots to my feed and liquidised corn this holding and attracting fish to my chosen swims.
Sitting off and having a chat with the lads it seemed like we was all having a decent days fishing even though we were disappointed not being able to fish the specimen lake, but nature was doing its thing and there will always be another day.
Time was moving on and the fish had moved into the margins so casting the feeder into my 8m swim and using the pole at about 6m got me some fish but loosing quite a lot with the fish snatching at the bait and shooting into the open water at a rate of knots.
A great days fishing on a day that started at 3-30am to travel down to Larford lakes seen me catch a lot of Carp and just as many if not more Skimmers and Bream, the fish were definitely in my swim(s) but I think the skill was keeping them there and then getting them in the net on balanced set ups and well presented bait.
A sneaky hour on the specimen lake Saturday morning brought me this 12lb mirror carp on double red maggots this took me over 25 minutes to get in the net as I was only using Daiwa white hydro elastic.
My 8 year old son has been asking for weeks “when are we going fishing Dad” followed up with “I always catch more than you Dad” so the weather had warmed up and we headed off to Lloyds Meadow my go to water knowing its safe surroundings and family friendly pegs on Kingfisher and Heron lakes
Feeding quite heavy to start with on the pole brought Lucas plenty of small carp
When I got the chance I caught a few myself
Through out the day as well as eating all the packed lunch Lucas caught steady mainly using the feeder rod swapping his hook baits around to keep the fish interested
Not one moan about the weather , not one shout out “are we going home soon”but the shout out was a proud one as far as I was concerned ” when are we going again Dad “
A really enjoyable day for me watching Lucas catch fish with help from me only to net and un hook,fishing doesn’t have to be expensive for the kids to do in fact when you have got some gear together were else could you go and spend a full day for the price of a day ticket which is between £5-£8 at most places