4th August , peg 25 Rowans
With the weather still being nice i decided to grab a few hours after work on Sycamore fishery to have a practise fishing ground-bait along the far bank , after reading an article in the pole fishing magazine by Tony Curd i decided to replicate it and see if it would work on here , i set up three rigs to cover my options ;
1, At the side of the reeds i plumbed up to find 2.5ft deep and i would kick off my session here by pinging maggots there before continuously laying my rig through them , my rig was a 0.2 scone float and my main line was 0.12 garbo with a 0.10 hook length which had a size 20 drennon silver fish-hook.
2, Far bank 1ft deep i would start my far bank swim at this depth before going tight across to the mud bank and i used a matrix series1 float 0.3 with 0.12 garbo line direct to a size 18 guru lwg hook .
3, Mud bank six-inch deep , i would use this line if i started getting line bites on my deeper rig and i used a matrix series 1 float 0.1 with 0.12 garbo line direct to a size 18 guru lwg hook.
My bait was;
1 pint red and white maggots
2 pints ground-bait
I started fishing at three and began flicking maggots towards the far bank reeds , i was constantly laying my rig through the failing bait trying to entice a bite, it wasn’t long before i started picking up the odd fish a mixture of f1s+carp and i had a dozen in the first hour but you could hear the fish slurpping under the far bank reeds due to the sunny weather so i decided that the time was right to try the mud line .
I proceeded to pot two big cupping kits full of soaked ground-bait and it didn’t take long before you could see backs out of the water , i began catching fish almost straight away and they seemed to be a bigger stamp too but it wasn’t long before i started with the dreaded foul hookers .So i picked up my shallower rig and pushed it tight against the far-bank mud line ,i was feeding a large kinder pot after every fish being careful not to feed right near the bank because i really wanted the fish to stay in the slightly deeper water were they would be hopefully easier to catch and less foul hookers .
This worked ok for me but i wasn’t catching as quick as i would have liked,so i decided to take a risk and put in another two big pots of ground-bait in but i felt that this may have drawn too many fish into my peg because i really began suffering with foul hooked fish , to try to get round the problem i picked up my deeper far bank rig and this would enable me to push it up the slope using the stotz on the line to nail it onto the deck which would hopefully cut out the liners-foul hookers because i had some weight on the bottom i had quite a bit of tip showing on the float and the bites now was really positive with most just ripping the elastic out .
After three hours fishing i decided to call time on my session with nearly forty f1s-carp coming my way including one approaching 3lb it was very long and might touch 5lb if it had a bit of a belly , all in all i had a very good session and felt that i learned a great deal as it isn’t something that i do a great deal off but i will need to add it to my armory for when i hit the open trail next season .