The weather, though still unseasonably mild is so wet it’s ridiculous. A lot of local rivers have spent the last few weeks several fields wider than normal and lakes have also spent a lot of time under several extra feet of water.
This has obviously had an impact on fishing. Though it has been good for carping and kept them moving and feeding, it has been rather poor for other species that I would normally target during the colder months.
I had wanted to target some Perch and had hoped of getting a new P.B. this Winter, although I have caught quite a few the larger specimens have proved difficult to locate and catch. The small silver fish that the Perch target haven’t shoaled up in their normal winter haunts, meaning the Perch are still very scattered.
We have caught some very unseasonal Tench though, which was a nice surprise.
The Pike fishing has remained tricky, again, because the silver fish haven’t taken up their usual Winter quarters and are spread far and wide across the lakes I have been targeting, making location difficult.
Magma has already proven itself to be a great edge by some of the field testers and consultants at Nash, and now it was for me to try it out and see what I thought of it.
Well, it hasn’t let me down and has caught consistently well. I haven’t been on any big fish waters, as a lot of my coaching tends to be with youngsters and getting them into fish and learning handling skills are far more important than size at this point. But it has still scored well, pulling in some of the larger residents from the lakes we have been targeting.
I have several flavours to experiment with and will post results as I get to use them, but so far results are very encouraging.
I set up a large cage feeder and fished a helicopter rig of about 6”, setting the hook so it sat about 1” above the feeder. The feeder was filled with a little leam with chopped worm, casters, red maggots and chopped prawns, hook bait was a whole prawn or lobworm.
The idea was to recast every 20 minutes and build up the swim. 2 hours later and not a sniff of a fish wasn’t looking good. One of the students suddenly got a rattle on the rod tip and then it slowly pulled around. It was immediately apparent this was not our target species as a skimmer of about 2lb slid across the surface towards the waiting net. Still….it was a start….at last!!!
A change of tactics was required, so I set up a lightweight spinning rod with a drop shot minnow. I got the lads to take it in turns to have a go, working the swim, bouncing the minnow just off bottom working across the reed lined margin. After a dozen casts and a few tentative knocks the rod tip pulled round as a Perch finally took the bait.
Not a big fish by any means, especially for this particular lake, but a Perch non the less. It proved to be the only one of the trip!
We had several days like this unfortunately, but a bad day on the bank is still better than sitting in school or in the office.