Silver birch peg 5 , 22nd April
After having had a busy day at work the last thing i really wanted to do was go fishing but after promising my mate that we would go because he wanted to try a few different things before the weekends match . On arrival at the venue there was a few anglers on both of the canals but were situated on the more prolific corner pegs and seemed to be catching well , which was good as i was unsure how well it was fishing recently as i hadn’t been for a few months and the match results over Easter wasn’t put up yet .
The weather today was overcast with scattered showers but for a change on here there wasn’t a breath of wind , we decided to fish on Silver birch canal and i settled on peg five in the past i have had some awful matches on this peg so we would hopefully see how i have improved since the last time i fished it , because we was helping John practice for a match we decided to try a few different things and my rigs was ;
Far bank , matrix series 3 float set 2 ft deep and my line was 0.12 garbo direct to a size 18 f1 hook that had a micro bait band attached .
Shallow , matrix series 3 float set 2ft deep and then altered to 1 ft deep , my line was garbo direct to a size 18 f1 hook that had a micro bait band attached .
Margin , 4×10 preston chianti float set 3 ft deep and it had a spread bulk of number 11 stotz , my main line was 0.12 garbo and i had a short 6 inch hook length of 0.10 with a size 20 gamma pellet hook attached .
Bait as we was only fishing for three and a half hours i only needed ;
1 pint red maggots
1 pint 4 mm pellet
small tub 6 mm pellets
At 330 we was ready to go so i shipped out to 13 meters which was 1 ft away from the far bank and tapped in some 4 mm pellets , i then lowered my hook bait in among it and i then began lift-dropping my rig to try to entice a bite , it wasn’t long before i was into the first of many f1-stockies . My float was set for fishing with soft pellets so only a couple of mm showing this meant that the slightest of touches would take the float under and i think this was the reason behind me bumping fish off on the way in because they was taking the banded pellet and not the hook , i solved this problem by taking a shot of my rig which showed more bristle allowing the fish more time to take the bait .
In the first hour i managed to catch ten fish but John was starting to catch well shallow using maggot so i decided to follow suit but with banded pellet on the hook so we could compare catch rates , i was surprised that i didn’t need to prepare this line and began getting f1s almost instantly it was also noticeable that i was catching a bigger stamp of fish and more stockies too . Slapping-tapping worked better than constant feeding and i was also missing plenty bites so i went even shallower which helped with the fish hooking themselves against the pole tip .
We was approaching the last hour and i had fed my margin all the time so i decided to give it a try their , i flicked half a dozen maggots over my float and laid my rig in over the top , it never even settled with the first of many f1s making its way to the net . After a while i started getting line bites because even at this close range the continuous loose feeding had brought the fish up of the deck and became harder to catch , i tried heavier but less frequent feeding and this solved the problem for a while the only trouble was that the bites had become very dodgy and i could under stand how people struggle to hit them on here .
At 7 pm it was time to call a halt to the session with a nice mixed bag of fish coming to the net , in the end i had 55 fish for around 60 lb and a really enjoyable few hours fishing i would recommend going to anyone who was looking forward to catching a few fish . The evening matches start on here in May on a weds and i will hopefully be attending a few , their will be no fishing for me this weekend with my wife working away but i am sure i will get back on the bank soon .