Silver birch canal , peg 4 . 21st Jan
After managing to finish work at dinner time and with the weather forecast to be pretty reasonable for the time of year , i decided to have a trip to Sycamore fishery for a bit of f1 fishing and practice the far slope line which has worked well at Partridge lakes also my mate wanted to fish the open their on Sunday so it would give him some idea on how it was fishing now .
I arrived at the venue at 12 pm and was surprised to see three anglers on Rowans canal because after looking on the internet i saw that on recent form it wasn’t fishing that great so i decided to settle on peg 4 at Silver birch and as i had remembered from my previous visits here that you were targeting small 8 oz f1s and slightly bigger stockies , the bait that was doing the damage recently seemed to be pellet .
It was nearly 14 meter across but i had planned on finding that all important 4 ft depth and on plumbing up i found this at both 11 meter and 4 meter so with the limited time that i had available i decided to use just one rig which would cover multiple swims .
As i was only fishing at 4 ft i choice to use a 4×14 malman winter wires with a spread bulk an inch apart starting 6 inch from the hook and my main line was 0.12 garbo attached to a size 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 20 gamma maggot hook .
I still had a bit of bait left over from the week ends match so it was going to be a pretty cheap day .
1/4 pint red and white maggots
1/4 pint fluro pinkies
1/4 pint soaked micros
1/4 pint crushed expander
small tub 4 mm expanders both normal and white
My first line of attack was 11 meters which was 2 ft away from the island towards the left hand of my swim and here i started off with pellet , i put a 4 mm normal expander on the hook and kinder potted in some micros dusted with some crushed expander . I began lift-dropping to try to entice my first bite of the day , but after ten minutes i was still waiting so i decided to try a change of hook bait to my favourite white 4 mm expander and on my very next drop the float buried and i was attached to a small 8 oz f1 , coincidence or had the fish just turned up and found the feed or was it the hook bait ?
I then started a run of fish and they seemed bigger than i remembered from my last visit about 4 months ago and wasn’t far away from the stamp of Rowans , after catching 8 in the first hour the bites began getting iffy so i decided to rest the swim for a while . I set up a new line 2 ft to my left but choose to use maggots here which would give me a contrast of the two baits and i found that maggot gave me a quicker more positive indication , another ten fish followed in the next hour including a surprise mirror of around 3 lb which i managed to hit with the landing net and break my hook length .
It wasn’t long before the wind got up which made presenting a nice hook bait difficult and it can be a problem on here with it being so open , for my last hour a decided to fish my top 3 line to my left which was half way up the near slope . I had fed this area for two hours so expected an immediate response and i wasn’t disappointed with a fish on my first drop .
My peg was getting stronger and stronger , i couldn’t get in quick enough they was all putting up a spirited fight on the light orange size ten matrix elastic and i even began to forget about the cold but with some dark clouds fast approaching it looked like the fore cast rain would soon be here so i reluctantly decided to pack up with my final total being 35 f1s + stockies in just over three hours .
Not bad for the time of year and although i was on my own on the Silver birch canal today it did give me some idea of how well it was fishing at present but will be a lot harder on a match and when i got back to the car the heavens opened which was good timing !!!
Back to Partridge Sunday weather permitting of course , lets see if i can get the extra few fish i need to get my section . So keep coming back to see how i get on .