Friday, September 26th, and I start on the new half century of sessions, heading to the club’s silvers and tench pool for a session arriving there at my swim – the usual peg 11 – at around 0800.
As usual, groundbait was mixed and fed, along with maggots, into the 2 areas I’d be fishing for the session – to the left, between the entrance to the channel between island and lily pads off the mainland’s bank, where I would be laying on with worm and maggot and an area to the right to be fished with a ‘sleeper’ leger rod on a bite alarm baited with bread originally. I also baited with maggots just off the edge of the lily pads to my left as a standby swim to be built up over the day and this plus the two main areas were fed with small maggot helpings throughout the session.
Having baited the swim areas up, the two rods were set up – the float rod with a driftbeater float set slightly overdepth and all shotting placed 4” from the hook in the standard laying-on/lift method way and hook was a size 14 – the leger rod was set up as a standard sliding leger with the 1/8oz lead on a 3” leger link and stopped about 18” from the size 10 hook. Both rods had 6lb main line and short braided hooklengths.
So at around 0830 my first cast were made – and a few moments later the float lifted in stereotypical ‘lift and glide along’ fashion and a tench soon found itself in the landing net – and for the pool not a bad fish either… a 3lb 6oz female…
And so it seemed a good day was ahead but for quite some time after I was only getting small nudges on the float and when I changed the worm to maggot the same occured and the ends of the maggots were sucked and stretched indicating that small fish were around and possibly to blame. So back on went the worms… and at around 1245 the second fish of the day was landed, again on the float rod, a small perch of 3-4oz …
Meanwhile, action on the leger rod had almost been totally non-existent and so bait on that was switched to maggot and re-cast…
Around 1445 with just nudges on the float rod I decided to start fishing the ‘standby’ swim on the edge of the lily pads and at around 1500 had a good fish on temporarily which proceeded to do a surface roll and throw the hook… and in the next 45 minutes this happened a further twice plus I changed the leger rod to a small worm and had a tiny perch of around 1oz, if that.
So it might have seemed a poor session – but in fact between 1st July (Session 30) and this session (51) my total catch on this pool in several visits consisted of a few very small perch – so it really is an improvement :).
Also, as night time and general day time temps have been noticeably dropping over the past couple of weeks it is time to start reading those waterside values!! :)
Time Air Water
0800 15.2 13.8
0950 16.8 13.8
1050 17.1 13.9
1145 23.2 13.8
1245 20.5 13.9
1345 20.5 14.0
1450 19.4 14.1
1505 19.2 14.2
1550 19.4 14.8
This is a noticeable drop from the measured water temp noted at the water (albeit a different venue) last week when the temp was around 18.5C at around 0800.
And also making it noticeable that winter is heading in now….