|My Office for the day|
I planned to keep it very simple today as I just wanted to enjoy myself and didn't see the need for complications, so it was to be the pole. I set up 1.5gm Tubertini river float on a top 4 and found about 8ft of water at 9m, the rig comprised of a bulk with 2 droppers and a size 20 hook. I mixed up Dynamite Roach groundbait with some Brown crumb and added to this some mole hill soil from the bank behind me, the plan was to feed hard balls of ground bait with pinkies and a few big maggots in it. I kicked off the swim with 4 balls cupped in for accuracy and planned to top up with another small ball every 15 minutes and see how it went.
|1.5gm Tubertini float|
|Small hard balls to keep the swim fed|
The session progressed nicely with most fish between 1 and 3 ounces with a few 4 to 6 ounce fish making me wish I had brought some Hemp with me but alas I only had 1/2 a pint of fluro pinkies and a few big maggots. The feeding plan was working fine at 15 minutes between top up balls but if I left it much longer the bites started to tail off. Anyway I had only just been thinking to myself that I was lucky not to have had any pike trouble when the inevitable happened and a Pike of about 5lb snaffled a Roach as I shipped the pole back but this was short lived as the hook length soon parted.
The Pike had various other attempts but failed to get hold of any more of my fish even resorting to following them out of the water as I swung them out on the top kit.
|Although not big this was one of my better fish on the day|
When I pulled out my keepnet I decided to have a quick weigh in because it did feel a little heavier than expected, to my surprise I had 18lb so by my reckoning I would have probably done 20lb if I had changed the hook length and given it the full 5 hours. I had a great day and really enjoyed the fishing, here's hoping I can get back there before the end of the season.
|No complaints from me today|