With the weather being so unpredictable the fish are a bit all over the place. As the water has warmed up it looked like they were going to start spawning, then it poured with rain for several days and they switched off again. This, as you can imagine, is causing problems with their behaviour and is making catching them a little bit more difficult.
I took a group of lads to Puddledock to fish Road Lake, a small lake of just over an acre with average depth of about 4 feet. A lot of the fish can normally be found clinging to the island margins, so a cast within a foot of the bank will normally produce a few fish. Today though, it was playing up and being a little more difficult. We could see fish cruising around the island but when casting with a method tight to the feature, the lads couldn’t get a bite.
After a bit of trial and error I got them to pull back off the island by a couple of feet, sitting their method feeders on the edge of the drop off. Within a minute or two the first one was in. While he was playing that, one of the other lads were also into a fish. This was more like it.
Over the next 4 hours all 3 lads caught on a regular basis, using a variety of baits.
They were all using Drennan Flat bed method feeders with 4” hook links to a size 10 Fang X. Two used Nash Fish Frenzy Sticky Pellets while the other lad used the new Monster Crab Method Mix.
For hook baits they varied things around with a mix of 6mm Fish Frenzy Tutti Fruity Squidgee Boilies, 6mm Monster Crab pellet, 10mm Fish Frenzy Pineapple boilies or White Chocolate boilies, and last but not least they used Mutant imitation corn.
There was the odd skimmer caught, but mainly all 3 lads caught a mix of commons, mirrors and ghosties, with a couple of goldfish thrown in for good measure.
I took another group to Puddledock to fish Woods Lake, which is the venues specimen lake.
After a good look around I let the lads choose where they wanted to fish. Upon making a decision between them they then started setting their tackle up. Carp tactics was the method being used today, so bank sticks were set up with Nash Siren Alarms and my tackle box was raided for tubing, safety lead clips, hooks and hook link materials.
The lads all used different rigs with one using a chod on one rod and a combi rig on the other. One used a straight forward knotless presentation on an 8” braid hook link and a hinged stiff rig on the other rod, while the 3rd lad set up a zig and a combi using Triggalink.
They went through my bait bags choosing which baits to use for the day, all choosing to use a combination of pellets and boilies. They all chose pellets to match their boilie choice with pineapple pellets being used with pineapple boilies, crab with crab etc.
It wasn’t long and they were all into fish, not the larger fish we had hoped to get from the speci lake, but with an average size of around 9lb they were happier than if they had been sat in school.
Scopex Squid in the new colour of pink did most of the damage on the day. Pineapple was the next most successful bait on the day. Only one take came to the zig, which was a Whisky chop fished 4 feet off the bottom in 6 feet of water by a slope up into 4 feet of water. It was an unusual take for a zig with it being a full blooded screamer. I still have no idea how, but he managed to miss the fish on the strike!! Ah well that’s fishing.