I was working on several venues through April, Chigboro carp lake and trout lake, Puddledock, Crowsheath and Mill Barn. This would give a variety of angling situations for the students to work on.
With the weather being so cold and with northerly, north easterly winds blowing in, the fishing was always going to be a bit tough. With this in mind I took the students to Mill Barn Reservoir Lake. This commercial lake has a huge stock of fish and is ideal to get a bend in the rod in poor conditions.
A mixture of bagging waggler, pellet waggler, zig fishing and method feeding all produced fish to mid doubles, with loads of fish in the 4-9lb bracket. We would start on one method and get the fish on the go, then change method as the weather changed during the day or if they retreated in to the snags.
If we were on the bagging waggler I was mixing up Fish Frenzy Monster Crab method mix, adding matching pellets and moulding this around the base of the float and using a 4mm or 6mm crab pellet on a bait band about 18” under the float.
On pellet waggler I used a mixture of crab, scopex squid and pineapple fish frenzy pellets, spraying a few on a regular basis. For the method feeder we used Fish Frenzy sticky pellets with any of the mentioned pellets or corn as hook baits.
What surprised me the most was zig fishing on this lake. It was THE best method, especially during the colder weather. Find the fish by casting around and altering depth then just keep hitting the same spot and spraying pellet or spodding a cloudy mix over the top.
We also did a bit of stalking, walking around the snags looking for some of the larger residents in the lake. Slow sinking corn was a fantastic method using one grain of corn and one grain of Nash Mutant corn to tip it off. We could gently swing it out and drop it in front of a passing fish and watch it suck it in....sometimes!!!
We also went to Puddledock several times fishing 3 of the 4 lakes on site. I noticed several times that a lot of anglers were really struggling there as the weather remained very cold with a nasty cold wind. We chose the side of the lake that was most sheltered and set up. I baited the margins, tight under overhanging bushes and trees to see if anything was hiding under there, while the lads set up method feeders with 4” hook links and mixed up the sticky pellets and method mix.
We found that if you got it in the right place then a take was pretty quick, come back off the island 6” and you could wait all day for a take. If a cast landed slightly short it was a case of reeling it back in and recasting until it was nearly ON the bank, it had to be that tight.
A mix of 10mm Fish Frenzy Monster Crab, Scopex Squid, Pineapple and Strawberry boilies were producing the goods on the hair.
Later in the day we would shove a bait under the overhanging bushes and hang on as this was proving to be a top method, and it was going off really quickly. All we used was a 4 turn water knot 12” from the hook with a piece of lighter line about 6” long, adding a swan shot as weight with a little piece of luncheon meat on the hook. We would poke the rod right under the bushes, drop the bait and pull the rod back out and fish with a slack line. As a fish picked it up the line would draw tight and game on. If we needed a bit more flavour to draw fish in then we flavoured the meat with Fish Frenzy Monster Crab Injuicer.