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I very rarely saw anyone on this water
even though it was run by someone.
But saying that, if, as it seems in
your case, you have stumbled across a
little piece of paradise that has been
lost in time, the owners aren’t concerned with letting anyone fish the
lake and discourage it, then all is fair
in love and war… Sneaking around
with a rod, or just hiding up in the
bushes till it gets dark to get some
bait in the lake is a real buzz, I can tell
you. The lake and its inhabitants are
there for the taking, and as long as
Using lots of loose feed is a good
option to feed off the crays.
you leave everything
as if you have never
b e e n t h e r e, t h e n I
personally would go
for it, my friend. You
won’t find much fishing nowadays that
will give you as
much of as a buzz as
waiting for that first
bite on this lake. The
subsequent capture
and peering into the
net that first time and
seeing something
probably uncaught
and stunning in all its
glory… All I ask is that you let me
know where the bloody place is once
you have caught them all!! But seriously, what harm will you be doing if
you do fish it, mate? In and out and no
one knows you have even been
there… go for it!
Question 4
This seems to be an ever-growing
problem. Crayfish have infiltrated
many of our lakes, canal systems and
rivers over the last ten to fifteen years,
and the problem is they breed so fast.
They move over land between waterways and the main problem is that
only trapping will keep the population
under control for any length of time
due to the fact that anything that kills
the crayfish unfortunately kills any
aquatic wildlife also, including any
fish, so the use of chemicals is a nono. Trapping, whilst it helps to keep
the species under control, is an ongoing task and not a solution to the
problem, I’m not sure there ever will
be a risk free way to kill the crayfish
that have overtaken our lakes up and
down the country, and will continue
to do so, I’m afraid.
Saying this, I have fished many
Plastic fantastic is the way to go on crayfish waters.
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waters where the crayfish are predominant, and there are few ways to
outwit or at least keep them at bay. A
good few years ago I fished Korda
Lake in the Colne Valley, a truly lovely
lake and one of my favourite lakes of
all time that I have had the pleasure of
angling on, but it has a crayfish problem. When I first started there, I couldn’t get my head around these little
buggers; you would cast a boilie out
and within minutes you would get
the telltale single bleeps and line rising in the water, which would mean
that the crays had found your hookbait. It would either be whittled down
to something that represented an
apple core or it would be totally gone.
This was a steep learning curve for
me, and with the help of the guys who
had been fishing on there for some
time, we managed to get round the
problem by various means, and here
are a few for you to try…
1) Plastic fantastic. There are
many different forms of imitation
baits out there from sweetcorn to
Chum mixers, and all will do the
job of putting off the crays, but
make sure to conceal the bait stop
inside the hookbait, or use a brand
that has the recess already cut out
of the plastic.
2) Wooden balls. These worked a
treat, but take some preparing. Go
to a DIY shop or hardware shop
and you can purchase round,
wooden balls. They float and will
take on a flavour or colour very
well; they are robust enough to
deter the crays, and simply by
drilling out a hole with a drill you
can have a ready to go hookbait
after a few weeks of soaking in an
oil or flavour combination of your
choice.
3) Swimfeeders. Another really
Use stiff coated hooklinks to overcome the crays.

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