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Getting busy with the marker rod
the local lake, and as I’ve already
mentioned I had a plan to try to keep
those bobbins from sitting still for
too long. The weed that earlier on in
the year threatened to flourish and
grow out of control was now starting
to die back a little, or at least it didn’t
appear to be growing any more, and
in areas that last year saw 5ft or so of
weed in the same depth of water
now had little more than a foot of it
over the bottom, and even in the
thick parts I don’t think the weed
was any higher than 2-3ft, and that
was in 8ft of water. This lack of weed
in my mind meant two things: firstly
the fish would be more encouraged
to move around the 20 acres of
water as apposed to sitting in a twoacre weed bed all summer, and the
wind direction could be at times an
influential factor on their location.
Also the lack of weed meant a lack
of natural food, and subsequently
anyone who could take advantage of
that fact with quantities of bait
could in theory be on for a right
result. There is one area of the lake
that the fish love to visit on a regular
basis during the late summer/
autumn period, and with the cooling
winds and consistent rain the fish
would be dictated by their changing
environment and hopefully start to
visit these areas sooner than normal.
The fact that there are a couple of
bloodworm rich silt beds in this
I got busy with
both the
throwing stick
and the spod rod
and things
seemed to be
coming together
area, and the lack of weed, only
added strength to the equation, and
my thoughts were confirmed after
spending a few early mornings looking and watching the water for signs
of activity.
I quickly got to task and in two
very short sessions managed to
catch a lovely mid-20 mirror and a
not so lovely mid-double. Both these
fish fell to single fish flavoured popups cast to showing carp. The Camfusion/Longshank Mugga combination from Gardner was still working
well, but I did start to experiment
with their Superskin hooklink and
this also proved effective. The Superskin, being brown in colour, was
ideal on some of the harder sandy
spots, and I was more than confident
with these two hooklinks for the
majority of my fishing for the time
being. Another new Gardner product
that I started to play around with
was their new Q rings. These split
ring type attachments are perfect for
quick-change type hooklinks, as
they don’t seem to tangle on the
cast, and are strong and well made.
I spent a couple of evenings with
the marker rod, and soon started to
build up a picture of the hot areas
within the swims I’d got my eye on.
When it comes to marker floats there
are now a number of purpose
designed floats that are suitable for
all ranges of feature finding, and the
days of turning my own floats out of
balsa sticks are well and truly over
as companies like Korda, Gardner
and E.S.P all have marker floats in
their range. I got busy with both the
throwing stick and the spod rod,
introducing both 10mm and 15mm
boilies at regular intervals, and
things seemed to be coming
together nicely. News then suddenly
hit the local grapevine about the
capture of a massive 37lb 4oz common - this fish is an absolute beast
and one that I was lucky to catch
myself a couple of years ago. This
latest capture fell to the rods of my
old sparring partner ‘Smokey’, and
after spending a considerable
amount of time and effort over the
last year or so pursuing the beast he
finally slipped the net under her at
her biggest ever weight. This fish
meant a hell of a lot to me when I
caught her and became a little
obsession, and I know the jubilation
he will have felt at the time, so a
genuine well done on the capture
mate - you deserved it for sticking it
out so long.
My next session was a short after-


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