FREE LINE 03 - Page 232

around a two-hour period in the
morning between 5am and 7am.
Although they do get caught at all
times, and it can be very productive
during the day, these times are definitely the best times for spotting the
fish and seeing any movement on the
The morning went by without a
take, and I was beginning to pack
away when I heard a fish lump out
behind me to the left. As I walked
over to take a closer look, through the
bushes I saw another come out,
which looked a large fish, so the rods
were wound in and I went for a closer
inspection. As I made my way round,
another one lumped out, and it was
clear there were a few fish in the quiet
area of the lake. After peeking in a few
marginal areas and snags, I could
clearly see a number of large fish
moving up and down the margins.
After watching the fish for a while, I
was trying to make my mind up
where would be the best area for a
bite, where I could actually get a
hookbait to and not put any fish in
danger if I hooked one. After finding a
nice area where I could fish to, I
waited for the fish to move off before
putting a couple of handfuls of pellet
in, and a handful of Club Mix boilies
before sitting back and watching.
Within minutes there were three fish
head down on the bait. Obviously
they where going to feed quite freely,
so I went back to the island, packed
the rest of my gear away, leaving just
one rod out, and got my net, unhooking mat and a bucket of bait ready to
go. I left the porter at the back of the
swim, and slowly made my way down
to the area, where again I introduced
the same amount of bait, and
watched the area without putting in a
hookbait. It wasn't too long before
there were a couple of fish feeding on
the bait again, although there was
also a number of fish patrolling the
margins past these feeding fish.
Buzzing with excitement, I waited for
my chance, and for the fish to move
out, as I did not want to spook any
fish that had been in the area. When
the fish had moved out, I quietly
flicked the hookbait out, followed by a
couple of handfuls of bait, and a Club
Mix hookbait on a short rig, fished on
an in-line flat pear lead, as I wanted
the fish to get hooked as quickly as
possible, as when I had been watching these fish feeding, they where
picking up the boilies with more caution than the particle, and were
clearly blowing the baits back out a
number of times before actually taking them down. Obviously I wanted
to hook the fish as quickly as possible
without it having any opportunity to
blow the bait back out.
With the rod out, I slackened the
line completely, as I believe line lay is
the most important factor in this style
of fishing, as I experienced on my previous water. I had been watching fish
come over a baited area where a
friend of mine was fishing with a tight
line running down to the hookbait.
My friend was fishing with a backlead, presuming the line was pinned
down to the bottom, but this was not
the case, as due to the contour of the
uneven bottom, the line was running
tight through the middle of the only
channel into the baited area, just off
the bottom. From the viewpoint we
had, you could clearly see this, and
whilst watching, a couple of large fish
came into the area and spooked when
they hit the line. My friend went back
to the rods and slackened the line
right off so you couldn’t see it, and
within an hour he had a fish on the
(Top) Scaling down produced this
35lb-plus mirror.
(Left) Kurt at 36lb 6oz rounding off a
memorable session.


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