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Bank Holiday Mixed Bag

 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!

trig special

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!

smll carp net

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.

few from today:

Another top day fishing at my favorite venue comfy pegs , plenty of choice of features on all the pegs , lots of parking and clean toilets all this adds up to relaxing quality fishing in a super safe environment

my advice for Badger is walk around see if the fish are moving if they are get on them pegs, at the moment the fish are not holding up in any particular place.

Pellets and maggots seem to be the go to bait at the moment and  knowing how much to feed.

As usual great hospitality from Danny and Sarah always good to catch up and hear the latest goings on at the fishery.

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Secure Your Rod! – By Barry Smith

Social media is littered with examples of rods being pulled in by fish! The majority of the time it’s down to human error, or maybe a little lack of experience.  None the less you have lost a rod and reel…… and the impact of this happening is not always discussed or considered ….. fish care!  Can you imagine the strain this would put on a fish, or even long-term damage?

My short video (link below) demonstrates that if  you follow three simple steps that I know 100% works, you can vastly eliminate this from happening to you.

Step 1

Secure the butt section of your rod with a suitable butt rest, don’t put it on your knee.  The Guru Reaper butt rest is a fantastic piece of kit that grips the butt section of your rod tight.


Step 2

Use a rod rest that lets your line run freely and will also keep your rod within the rest.  The Preston Rod rest in the video is ideal for bomb and pellet fishing and does exactly what you want it to do.


Step 3

Set your drag so line can be taken from your reel and this will simply put a bend in your rod, allowing the fish to take its first run safely.

The measure of success is simple …. If you are diving for your rod in a blind panic when you get a bite, then your rod set up could be improved.  You don’t need to dive dramatically or panic and lunge for your rod and strike like a mad man if your tackle is set for your quarry.  Simply allow the fish to take the bait,  some line may be taken by the fish and gently lift the rod up, no panic, no flustered actions ….. calm and in control!

Check out my video which shows my set up and footage of a fish taking line, clearly demonstrating how effective this can be for you.

Tight Lines all, and stay on the edge!