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three bottles a day definitely isn’t!”
The same goes for salt; a little can be
a good thing but a lot isn’t!
Lee’s remark about the Spomb
being the cause of over baiting, as it’s
now so easy for anglers to bait up
who wouldn’t normally was a good
one and needs to be taken notice of.
Why do people feel the need to fill the
things up each time they cast them
out? The little pocket rocket spods
hold around a dozen 16mm baits yet
the Spomb hold something like 60!
The other thing is that the Spomb is
so much easier to cast out than a
spod so the less experienced anglers
can do it. Thankfully, Gary at Spomb
has now brought out a cracking little
mini version of its big sister, so I hope
everyone goes out and gets one and
this starts to sort the over-baiting
problems out. I will be the first to
admit that I like to use a lot of bait
throughout the year, but I know that
when the fish first wake up and start
looking for food you don’t need to fill
it in to catch. Just as everyone else
has said, singles are devastating tactic in the spring.
On the question of a long-range
line by Mr Jenkins, I didn’t mention
braid, mainly because more and more
lakes seem to be banning you from
using it as a main line these days.
Why this is, I can’t really get my head
around, as there is a far slimmer
chance of braid parting than there is
of a mono, and surely that’s a good
thing, no?
Lastly from me for this month, popup rigs. It was actually Jon that got
me using the multi-rig while we were
both fishing the Essex Manor, and it
turned my fishing on its head. I still
use other pop-up rigs, but it’s my first
choice now. I have even used it a fair
bit with a bottom bait on and have
caught fish to over 45lb doing so. I
simply attach a hair to the ring and
then thread on a bait as usual. Again
though, I do use a long hair when
using this setup.
The comment Lee made about having a bit of a hair on the 306-rig is
something I actually have been doing
for just over the last year when I have
had the opportunity to use it. I was
shown the difference it made by a
friend while we were fishing on the
River Trent a couple of winters ago,
and I’ve been doing it since. It makes
a hell of a difference to the hookholds.
Till next time…
Lee Jackson
Hi guys. Hosepipe ban? They gotta be
joking! It hasn’t stopped raining since
they imposed that! It seems at last
though things seem to have
improved; a lot of the foliage is well
and truly in bloom now and swifts
and swallows are darting around the
lakes’ surface eating what must
amount to tons of olive mayflies.
Weather-wise I still think we are a
couple of weeks behind what it
should be for this time of year though.
Never mind, eh? Things can only get
better from now on.
I totally agree with what you say
about the close season, Ed. April and
especially May are definitely the most
productive months to fish on most
waters that I fish, especially so the
weedy ones where it hasn’t yet come
up. I can remember back to my days
on Conningbrook – most years there
were more fish caught in the month of
May than there were for the rest of
the year, and had there been a close
season, a lot of the anglers wouldn’t
have caught anything at all. When the
close season was first abolished I was
against it; I don’t really know why
though, because it rarely ever interfered with the carp spawning. I suppose in reality, because I’m an angler
from the old school, abolishing it
interfered with tradition rather than
anything else. As far as whether it has
any detrimental effects on our quarry
is concerned, I don’t really think it
does. In fact, has abolishing the close
season led to us now having bigger
carp to fish for due to them being fed
with an extra three months’ worth of
food? Perhaps the only thing that all
year round fishing has affected is the
swims and bankside vegetation on
some of the waters that we fish.
Whereas before the swims got a bit
overgrown, now the banks are all well
trodden and swims never get overgrown due to bivvies never letting
enough light in for anything to grow
in the first place.
Ed’s question about the point at
which a carp gets hooked is a good
one, although not a question anyone
can properly answer in my opinion,
because they often alter the way that
they feed according to what they are
feeding on, the amount of food they
are feeding on, or the type of lakebed.
You’re going to have to bear with me
a little bit on this one, because
although I know what I’m thinking,
it’s very difficult for me to describe. If
you watch a carp feeding over a lot of
food, whether it be boilies, hemp or
whatever, it doesn’t move up and
down as much, so it’s more likely to
get hooked when a bait that it realises
is unsafe is ejected. If it is bobbing up
and down a lot more due to the food
being more sparsely spread or sucking in a single morsel such as a single
hookbait, then I think it is more likely
to get hooked due to the hooklink
straightening and obviously the
amount of resistance (the lead) it is
straightening against. In either case, I
prefer to give the hookbait a bit more
Spring at last – game on.
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