When we got there we found it very low and clear with most of the overhanging snags cut away....not good conditions and very unsympathetically managed!!
We saw one small Barbel all day and he seemed in a rush to get through our swim, I think he may have seen one of the lads skylined. We did, however, get into plenty of Chub. Nothing of any size, but on light float tackle, a lot of fun. None of the lads had fished a river before so it was all new and a great adventure.
Trotted maggots and rolling meat were the successful tactics on the day, and the lads loved watching the Chub dart out from the cover of a bush to grab the bait, then tear off looking for the safety of the snags.
We were trying out a new lake, this has only been fished once or twice so it was going to be a find out what’s in there day.
The lads fished with whips, poles and wagglers and caught a shed load of fish, mainly on maggots. Charlie did manage to stalk out a carp of about 4lb (his favourite size at the moment it seems) on a Monster Crab squidgee pellet though. It was hard to get the bait in the water due to there being so many Rudd in there, they were hitting everything thrown at them.
I baited an area up with some pellets to see if there was any activity over them later in the day. It took about 10 minutes and the water was fizzing like I had thrown alka seltzer in there. Seems there’s a few Tench in here too then!!
Try as I might I could not catch one. They became so preoccupied with the pellets they had their heads down in the silt. I banded a pellet and dropped it on their heads, loads of line bites, bubbles everywhere and not a single pick up. Back to the drawing board for this one.