This is how I found myself on the bank with my good friend and fellow coach, Rikki Cooper. Rikki had been talking to me about making an early start to the cat season and I told him that I had seen movement in my local cat lake. That was all the encouragement Rikki needed and a date was arranged with him and 2 students to have a 24 hour session with me.
Rikki, Sarah and the 2 students arrived bright and early on the Tuesday morning, we got all the gear to the lake and Rikki went over set up with them. I was busy sorting other things and left them to it for a while.
I pointed out areas I had been baiting up with Nash Crab ground bait and pellets, then went to sort my gear out, next thing is Rikki is shouting at me that Kevin had a cat on. I walked over to their swim to see Kevins rod bent into a graceful arc as a rather large and angry cat was trying to vanish to the far end of the lake. It soon became evident that it was an absolutely stunning part albino catfish.
After a very spirited fight Rikki netted Kevs first ever cat, all 69lb of it!!! Not bad for your first fish.
With the warmer weather we were back out fishing regularly now. Visiting several venues fishing for carp, experimenting with baits, rigs and tactics.
Zig rigs play a large part in my armoury, though I had had a very quiet winter on them this year, especially compared to last winter when I caught literally hundreds of fish on zigs. But now the fish were moving around with a bit more enthusiasm it was a case of finding the patrol routes, getting a bait in the water and adjusting the depth until you got a take.
Though we have been able to get on fish, we haven’t had a lot of joy with the zigs. We have had several takes but lost the fish or missed them completely. Though we have had the odd success and landed a couple of lovely fish.
The fishing had turned a little tricky again, but a couple of half decent fish came to the net fairly quickly. After that it became hard work so a move was called for. Packing away most of the gear and taking only what we needed, we moved half way around the lake and got ourselves set back up. It didn’t take long before the alarms were screaming and fish were coming thick and fast. The only problem was we couldn’t locate the larger fish, catching fish in the 2-5lb bracket.
Trevor had a screaming take and when he struck we both thought he had missed the fish at first. A Roach of about 12oz had picked up a double 10mm Amber Strawberry on a size 10 Fang X hook to a 2.5oz bolt rig….and ran off with it!