Session 49 – Float Fishing On A Pool

Monday, September 25th I set off to a club pool (KF-VV) that I’d not visited in a while. A mixed, commercial type, fishery with a lot of species in there from carp, the usual silvers, tench, perch, barbel, and chub and probably others too.

It was a ‘mucky’ day with misty drizzle on arrival at around 0730 and later was interspersed thoughout the day with dry, bright spells and spells of heavier rain too until around 1400 when it became quite pleasant – and by the time I left at 1600 most of the gear had dried out.

Mucky Morning

I elected to fish the bank to the right of the picture to the far end of the conifers, a swim that faced a small island, and one that Liz and I used to fish as our ‘usual’ swim but tend to have drifted off to favour another one these days. However, it seemed that a fair few decent fish seemed to have been taken over this area fairly recently so I thought I’d give it a go.

So I started to bait up the and another brave soul arrived and he elected to fish the swim opposite – although mostly out of sight due to the intervening island – and he left at around 1200 I think as I didn’t actually see him go but noticed his absence later… and I think he caught as I think I saw him with his landing net in use but not sure…

Baited up with red coloured crumb, with hemp/wheat particles, a tin of creamed rice pudding and a good dash of hemp infused oil added…. and over the day I catapulted out maggots as I fished.

Bait for the day was maggot and worm fished on 6lb line under a 4g dumpy bodied waggler on size 10 and 16 hooks using both laid on/lift method and on-the-drop methods.

A lot of carp were cruising the surface over the day but small free fed marshmallows elicited only brief investigations by those and but more so by the smaller silvers.

I ended my session at 1545 having caught a fair few small fish of several species – gudgeon, roach, bream and perch – with a couple of bigger bream at around 8oz and the best fish of the day was a 2lb 8oz bream.

2017-09-25 Steve - 2lb 8oz Bream

2lb 8oz Bream

WATER TEMPS

Min:                 15.2’C
Max:                15.5’C
Average:         15.4’C

WATER TEMP TRENDS

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Session 48 – Back In The U.K.

So having arrived back in the UK on September 12/13th it took me 10 days to get back on the water, rod in hand. I had anticipated that I would be fishing on Friday 15th but I’d underestimated the amount of prep work I needed to do which included making up new groundbait, getting maggots as well as the other general stuff. And so it was Friday 22nd September that I finally headed off…

I decided to visit a local club pool (AA-GH) with the float rod in mind in search of chub and bream although a decent roach, a possible perch (not many in there – I’ve had one small, <1oz, perch caught up in the landing net on one occasion and have heard of a 3lb+ perch being caught there but other than that I’ve not even managed to capture one on the WaterWolf underwater camera on the occasions I’ve put that out) … but being its a carp pool that is the the most likely species to be caught.

Anyway, I arrived on site at 0730 and found my desired location to be free so I quickly baited up the area I intended to fish (to my left on the edge of an overhanging bush) with a small quantity of crumb with particles and maggots added, put the probe of my thermometer in the water and prepped and slung out my new Deeper Pro Plus sonar fish/depth finder. Worked well, but seems my old ‘Lucky’ hadn’t been telling the truth about the contours at this swim – ‘Lucky’ reckoned on a 14’ depth in general but with several sharp drops in areas down to 28’ and 40’, whereas the Deeper showed an constant 13.7’ to halfway back to shore and then a constant sloping rise to 3.5’ at the bankside. However, the use of the Deeper was somewhat curtailed by the fact my Android tablet had failed to charge overnight…

I also baited an area out to my right and put my Waterwolf camera out over the area – however, I’d got the camera set to suspend too high in the water (4’-5’) and due to the murky water not good results were obtained – one job for today is to shorten that anchor line to 3’ or so.

Anyway, at the pool, had my mess with the technicals and was ready to fish…

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The water depth at my intended location was around 10’ deep and so, I set up the float rod with 6lb mainline, a size 10 barbless hook on a 6” hooklength of 6lb braid, a sliding 4g dumpy bodied antenna float shotted with 3 SSG shot plus an AAA shot at 4’ from the hook and a SSG shot just above the hooklength – and the float set around 12” overdepth in order to fish ‘laying-on/lift method’.

Baits used over the day were worm/maggot, Babybel cheese and luncheon meat and all attracted nibbles at least.

First cast was with worm and maggot and whilst waiting for my first bite I noticed fish cruising on the top and so I catapulted out some small marshmallows which were soon being taken and so I decided to get the ‘floater rod’ set up… but having completed setting that up I noticed the line on the float rod twitching and the float gone and so I struck – however, what I’d failed to notice was the reel handle that had been backwinding as I missed the bite and on retrieval discovered the float was now 40-50 yards out in the pool!

Anyway, I tried for a bit with the floater rod and marshmallows which attracted some interest but not a proper take before going back to the float rod … had a bite, hooked into a reasonable fish which I played for several minutes (either a good bream or a carp) before the hook pulled … and as the fish was quite close in at that point the float and hook catapulted straight into a bush – and resulted in having to snap-off and loss of the float.

Over the rest of the day, I had a fair few nudges but only two proper bites with one of those resulting in a bream of around 8oz-1lb shedding the hook at the bankside and the other the landing of a 2lb 3oz common carp.

Packed up about 1530…

WATER TEMPS

Min:                 14.7’C
Max:                15.3’C
Average:         15.0’C

Sessions 46 And 47 – Cyprus – Luring On Reservoirs And A Sea Fishing Trip

From August 29th until September 12th we were on our Cyprus holiday – well, until the 13th really as the return flight, although it took off at around 2230 (Cyprus time) on the 12th, didn’t land at Birmingham Airport until 0130 (UK time) on the 13th, and after then getting the 0230 (actually came at 0255) coach into Wolverhampton and a taxi back to the house we didn’t actually get to bed until 0515.

Anyway, I managed to go fishing on two of the days over there…

The first of the days was an hour or so in total spent with a spinning rod and a blade spinner on two reservoirs. Nothing to report other than I had not a single follow never mind a take or capture. However, conditions weren’t the best with bright sunshine and both reservoirs, I was told, were 40 feet below normal level.

The second day was a 3 hour sea fishing trip on a boat – along with the parents-in-law-alike, brother-in-law-alike and Liz plus about 5 other anglers. The boat was anchored on a drift in three different areas over the course of the session and the family all caught – and think the others did too – but not anything of size. Most had sea perch but Liz’s Dad did best of all with the greatest number of those (6, IIRC) plus he also had a mousefish which dentally was similar to a piranha!

So, a couple of enjoyable, if not physically rewarding sessions.

And whilst away I bought a Deeper Sonic Pro Plus depth/fish finder to replace my old ‘Lucky’ one. The new one is more capable with a better display and also has the facility to be able to create and save contour maps of pools which I’ll be making use of. I’ve not managed to use it yet as I’ve not had a chance to go fishing since my return home for various reasons – too much re-sorting of tackle needed meant that a planned outing on Friday 15th had to be postponed – and now next Monday’s (18th) planned trip has also been aborted as the car needs to be looked at for a scraping noise and its booked in for that and for the annual service… so now looking at Friday 22nd for the first trip out.

I have put the interim time to use though – gathered worms from the worm pit into the holding box in the garage, made some pop-up sticks for my pike baits ready for the October start of piking, made some long (12”), thin (1cm) pike floats, ground hemp/wheat/birdseed in my new grinder for groundbait additions, made up some hemp infused oil also for use in groundbait and as a flavour/dip, sorted out and filled some new 60ml bottles with various glugs… and still some work to do with changing line on the floater rod, prepping the pike rods for the new season, mixing up my dry groundbait mix (on last bag), etc….

And I’ve located a good local source of pellets, crumb and groundbait mixes – I bought 2 x 3.5Kg bags of 2mm pellets for £5.50 each, and also got Liz 2 x 2Kg bags of red groundbait for £1.50 each. Several people had mentioned/recommended the place to me over a time and I managed to get there this week … and as Arnie said ‘I’ll be back!’ without a doubt when new supplies are needed… A one-man operation it seems, working out of a shed and a portacabin and he actually makes the groundbait/crumb himself (available as white and brown crumb and groundbait in red, black, brown, yellow and green). Don’t think he does mail order though so you need to visit in person…