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water and by no means as rich as it
has become now.
Rob: It was still being worked back
then, Gristy?
Chris: Er, don’t think it was mate. I
think it had stopped a few years prior
to that. But now it’s cleared up – gin
clear and very rich!
Rob: Yeah, one of the richest
waters I’ve seen – lots of natural!
Chris: So rich… 38lb back then ten
years ago, with it now being so rich I
think the original big fish are doing
very well.
Marc: On my second session, I
remember finding a good silt area not
very far out – only 40 yards. A little
trick of mine is to tie a small treble to
the lead so I can flick it out and see
what comes in, and I was bringing in
bloodworm. Some looked like lobworm – the brightest and biggest
bloodworm I have ever seen – huge.
That’s a spot there, and I presented
bait on that bloodworm and it
worked. So when you locate areas like
that you know these fish are going to
be piling on the weight.
Rob: Yea we have seen some belters, haven’t we?
Marc: Sure have, at range. The
problem is you are up against the
bloody bait boats. They seem to just
want to drive these things as far out
as they can, until the spools are nearly
empty, and dump it. They haven’t got
an idea what they are dropping on top
of. Not my cup of tea, but if that’s their
idea of targeting these types of
waters, fair play. They won’t catch
much! Definitely not for me, but each
to their own, I let them fish how they
want and hopefully they leave me to
my fishing! This water definitely
holds fish at range on the big southwesterly winds, and as a caster I can
get to some of these spots, but not all.
When they are out there at range by
the buoys at 550 yards range, and
when they bosh out, they look the
same size as the buoy, and you know
you are fishing for proper fish on a
proper water!
Chris: Going back to when you
first fished these new areas, did you
have a good lead about and map it
out?
Marc: The first thing to do is look
at the map of the lake on Google
(Top) Big 30 common feeding close to
the big ones.
(Right) Waiting for Marley.
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Earth. Look at the aerial photo of the
lake, note your southwesterlies, find
your shallows, and find your out-ofbounds areas. You can sometimes see
the weedbeds and bar systems. Here
you can see the lot and it gives you a
great feel for the place. You can nearly
guess their pathways in and out of
areas from this map, and the pathways are great to target. Then get to
work with the marker, find the clear
areas, weed, naturals, drop-offs, silt –
standard stuff really, but you’ve got to
get a clear picture in your mind;
something you need so you can plan
your baiting strategy. I also do a bit of
camping and play the waiting game
with a lot of bait out there, but you
just need to be here thinking and
watching.
That’s all we’ve got room for this
month. Join us next month as the
tales from the water’s edge continue
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