FL12Sept - Page 122



The Things That Really Matter
met a few of my mates on the bank to
discuss what they struggle with.
Some said they never seemed to spot
the fish I did, and some said they didn’t know how much bait to lump in on
first arriving, so I wanted to look at the
factors I use to try and land a lump. I
will describe my techniques as if
going on a session from start to finish,
and hopefully I can give you some
ideas and techniques that you can
put to good use in your own fishing.
Before I even leave my watercraft is
put into action. The night before I
leave I will get on Metcheck and
study what is scheduled to happen
over the next few days. Is there a new
wind compared to today, is the temperature dropping or rising, is the
pressure high or low, overcast or clear,
wet or dry? All these things help me
build up a picture before I even leave.
Knowing which end the wind is pushing towards at least gives me a starting point. Is it supposed to be roasting hot? Then maybe the snags and
shallows are a good place to start
looking. Now this doesn’t mean I turn
up and walk my gear straight down to
the shallows without a second
thought, but it does one of two things.
Firstly I have a starting point when I
first arrive to start looking, and sometimes very importantly, if I didn’t find
any on my walk I had good information to make an informed decision, so
just by having a detailed look at the
forecast I can learn all that.
Also before I leave I will pester my
mates to see if there is anyone I know
that has been down recently, even if
they were just having a stroll – did
they see anything, was it busy, had
any fish been out, and if so where? All
these things, although minor, are a
major help to me, and allow me again
to have a really good starting point.
Already I have a good picture piecing
itself together, and even if I hadn’t
been down for a while I have used the
tools available to me to keep me in
touch.
The next step is obviously to get
up, stick some warm clothes on and
head off to the water. If I can, I will
always get there as early as possible,
but my water is days-only so the ear-
liest I can arrive is 6am, but waters
where you are a member and can be
on anytime you like, do your best to
get there before the sun comes up. I
always make a flask of coffee and
position myself in a swim that allows
me to watch plenty of water and chill
for an hour while the sun comes up.
This time of the day is without doubt
the best time to spot fish, and seeing
them crash and roll is obviously the
best way to pick a spot. If fish are
active and you can get on them then
you are in with a shout. I don’t care if
every fish has come from one swim in
the last few weeks; if they are visible
somewhere else, then that is where I
will head. It amazes me how many
people just turn up and head for the
swim near the island, or closest to the
car park or simply the ‘hot’ swim
without even doing a lap of the lake.
The amount of people that have the
opportunity to get on fish and don’t
even bother looking amazes me!
Don’t get me wrong, you may well still
catch in these swims, but are all the
big’uns chilling in a bay, or is the
water a chocolate brown in the shallows – the amount of people that
never even notice!
So what do I look for when I have
my walk? If I haven’t seen anything
whilst supping on my coffee then
there are a few things I will start looking for as I start a lap of the lake. The
first is to have a proper look into every
(Top) Big fish found lounging in the
snags.
(Left) A perfect warm southwesterly.
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