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(Left) A view from the Pipes swim
where a lot of my time was spent.
(Below) A kinky back scraper-30
common, again caught on a quick
couple of hours before work one
catch with a couple of 30’s up to 34lb
thrown in, and was clearly having a
lot more fish than anyone else.
The main thing I had noticed on
Sandhurst was the amount of people
who used bait boats, and I think half
the time it was just pure laziness,
because of the fact they have one, so
may as well use it. I had not seen anyone spodding or putting a large
amount of bait out and spreading it
about a bit. The fish must have been
so used to coming across tight
patches of bait so regularly, so this
was something totally different, and it
was working. The key though, was to
not just turn up, fill it in and sit on it
and wait; the bait was introduced as
in match-style fishing, just a few
spods topping it up every now and
then, or after every fish. Of course the
rumours were going around now
about what I was catching and what I
was doing, and I remember one guy
asking me that if he put in the same
amount of bait in one go would he
have the same results, which is something I could not believe I was being
asked. These people were thinking I
was just filling it in and sitting on it,
which was clearly not the case. After
a few months of me regularly catching it was not long before the spods
became evident and the bait was
being piled in, one reason why I
believe the fish went to the weights
they did over the autumn and winter
I had been catching regularly on
Sandhurst for a couple of months by
then, and I’d had some nice 30’s along
the way, including another one of the
big girls, the stunning Nigel's Fish at
37lb 4oz. Unfortunately I have not got
any good photos of this fish as the
cameraman decided to cut my head
off and/or the tail in every picture. It
was my own fault as well really, as I
should have checked, but just did not
think at the time, with everything that
was going on. I had also caught a lot
of the other named ones, such as
Angel at 33lb, Drop Scale, the Sergeant, Black Scale, and one of the big
commons known as Bubble Tail at
36lb, as well as the ones I mentioned
last month, and a few others in the
low-30 bracket. Obviously Cracker
was on my hit list, but unfortunately
the fish passed away before I managed to tempt her, although I had lost
it within yards of the bank, so that one
was a bit of a blow for me. By the time
N o v e m b e r c a m e a r o u n d, I h a d
stopped fishing on Sandhurst, as it
was becoming ever so much more
busy now. I had looked back through
my yearbook, and was pleased with
the first season I had strung together.
I always write down information in
my notepad on each session, and
write down the fish captures and tactics.
In 44 nights on Sandhurst between
March and October, I had landed 108
fish including 33 different 30’s up to
37lb, and two different 36lb commons,
making me the top rod on the venue
by a long way. It was just proving that
doing something a little bit out of the
ordinary made such a big difference,
and keeping a steady supply of one
bait to certain areas was having devastating effects even on such a busy
water where there is a constant flow
of different amounts of bait and types.


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