Weather: Slight breeze, cloudy, Approx 4 centigrade following overnight frost
Fishing station set up:
Andy’s first lesson was to get rid of the spray bar, the reason was simple, I am far more in touch with the hook/bait/fish when fishing over knees.
Two pole rollers with rear set higher than front to allow easy roll at an angle. No need for pole sock and ripple bar as they just get in the way. Rather set up roost kit and holdall between roller and kit. Kit should be set at a level that’s the same as the holdall so that kits can rest on roost and holdall thus keeping off floor.
That’s the fishing station all set.
In summary I am fishing way too heavy using 5.5 main, 4.4 hook and a rule of 0.1g per foot. Neither will Kammy Animals help!
Andy’s rig’s were as follows:
Elastic: Double 4 or double 5 – ideally double 4 on pulla. All rigs should be on pulla.
Float: 0.1g in 3-4 foot of water and 0.2g in approx 7 foot of water.
Back shot – Yes, EVERYTIME! Even in still conditions in summer. 3 no 8 used, bulked 6 inches from pole tip and 3 inches from float tip (i.e. leader of 9 inch)
Main line: 3lb (old money)
Shotting pattern: In shallow water i.e. 3-4 foot, strung out. In deeper water i.e. 7 foot then bulked.
Hook lenghts: 1-2lb hook lenght lighter the better.
Hook: Size 18 & 20 with virtually no tag. The bigger the tag then the quicker the fish will feel and spit out. Line must come off front.
Dropper shots: In shallow water 2 number 12 first immediately above hook-nosed and second 6 inch above that. In deeper water 3 number 12 spaced at hook-nosed, 6 inch and then six inch again.
Always use discuss shaped plumb to stop rolling and false indication.
Looking for flat square area and approximately 1 inch over depth.
Swims: Minimum two and must have visual marker for reference.
Most important – every time – is the mid/centre channel where venue will reach V shape (on Covey this was approx 7feet deep). Always find the bottom of shelf by adding and removing sections as required. This will be primary swim after first 1.5 to 2 hours.
Second swim – towards far bank looking for – and finding -3-4 foot of water. This will be fished for the first 1.5-2 hrs. even when bites are slow.
3 and 4 swim – left and right margin.
Far bank swim – approx 10 maggots and small 20p size ground bait.
Mid channel – Approx half of small cupping kit with maggot (40-50) and golf ball sized piece of ground bait.
Single maggot – end of!
4mm expander as change bait.
Light fish meal based simple ground bait
Last section of pole tucked under arm and held on legs.
No matter what, back shot must be slightly above, on, or slightly below water surface.
On far swim the shelf slightly leaned down to left. Thus bait was presented by letting bait fall from left with float on right thus anchoring against shelf.
On mid channel as wind was blowing left to right to right the bait was presented by letting rig come right to the float on left with pole tip approx a foot past target area/visual marker. As float begins to cock then float is held in correct target area.
The key message was that I MUST keep the bait moving – lifting float every 20 – 30 seconds. Dependant upon what works on day this could be as little as as an inch and up to 6 inches.
Shallow swim should be topped up with 5-8 maggot and a small groundbait ‘pinch’ cap every 7-8 minutes. The cap should be loosely compressed and not a ball. Similar this would be topped in the same way after EVERY fish. Even when come off this line then this should be topped up every 20 minutes with bigger portions to represent the time lapse (i.e. 20 minutes is 3 times more than 7 minutes so three times the bait thus 15-24 mags plus 3 times cap)
Mid channel should be topped up every 20 minutes for first 1.5 – 2 hours to allow fish to build confidence. This will be quarter small cupping kit with mag only (circa 30). No ground bait cap.
Once fishing this swim then top up with small cad pot of mag (10-15) every 7-8 minutes with no ground bait cap. Similarly topped up after EVERY fish.
Where ground bait is banned then initial ‘lump’ and subsequent cap can be made of 10-12 micros.
In 3-4 feet of water then a simple lift should be sufficient. Anything above requires a good yank!
Use minimum 3 section landing net!
Play fish without pulla and land with pole section vertical in air. Only use pulla if absolutely necessary.
Bait tray only on right, feeder arm on left with no extension of arm. This ensures that no bend – and thus resistance – is put in rod.
Rod should be placed from feeder arm on left to bait tray / open draw on right.
Should use 10ft with lightest tip possible.
RESISTANCE must be set. To do so, grab weight / feeder and wind down so that rod bend to a minimum 90 degrees and maximum nearly back on itself. Clutch should kick in at such bend by letting line out.
8lb daiwa sensor or equivalent.
10lb at either 4 to 5 inch.
Big! Kammy Anim 16 are too small! Andy used Guru QM1 size 12 with 20 turns of knot less knot.
Looking for feature outside of realms of pole.
Water of 3-4 feet deep.
A lead is best used initially. Hit area, pull off an additional 6inches and then clip up. Those six inches will be lost once retying method on.
Line up knees and vision to point want to hit.
Must be smooth action.
Line approx half length of rod.
Bring straight back over left shoulder – not swinging or arcing – straight forward, release at 11’o clock, lift rod back into vertical position whilst feeder in flight bringing to left or right in vertical dependant upon where feeder arm is.
Corn – JGG – end of!
Mounted on Korum quick stop on hair.
Any fish meal ground bait with pellet.
In winter 70% ground bait 30% pellet.
In summer 50/50% mix.
Corn in mould first. Fill mould with bait. Ensure that first load is really compacted on feeder by applying pressure. Then top up with half full mould which should be looser by applying less pressure.
Summer every 5 minutes.
Winter every 15 minutes.
Pull rod to opposite direction of fish. Wind back into direction of fish. Must keep big bend in rod to ensure TENSION all the time;
Once in net, sit on rod and release line by pulling against clutch to provide line. Must always keep some tension to avoid tangles.