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Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Friday, 24 May 2013
Baiting up as always
My return for a second session resulted in just two crucians with another one lost and I was beginning to wonder what I needed to do in order to get a reasonable result, but as with most times when you are not catching it was just a case of getting onto the fish. These sessions tend to be about of 50hrs duration over three days and for my next try I arrived about 10:30am on the Tuesday and began a walk around to see what was happening so I could choose a swim for the next couple of days.
I, along with many other writers have written thousands of words on rigs for the different species we fish for, that said the one I’m using now will catch nearly species very efficiently and without any complicated tackle needed to construct it. When looked at the flatbed method feeder is only a slight variation on the helicopter rig used with a swimfeeder, both use a short hook link to place a hook bait next to the feed that goes out into the swim. If I only had one method I could use this would be it.
23lb-6oz hard scrapping bonus.
A very successful session.
Monday, 20 May 2013
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Thursday, 16 May 2013
The swim I've chosen for the start of my campain is quite shallow being less than 2ft going out to perhaps 4ft at 30 yds or so, for this reason I shall be legering for only the second time as my primary method for the cruians, the last time I caught the British Record.
My tackle is a pair of Drennan 1.25lb 12ft Avon rods matched up with Shimano 5000 baitrunner reels loaded with 6lb mono line. The flat bed method feeders are tipped with a short hook length of 4lb florocarbon to a size 14 hook, the bait being either soft pellet or sweetcorn. I'm sure it is a fact that very few crucians would get caught on a running leger so a bolt system is used for this reason. you only have to watch a crucian bite on a float to see my reasons for this though, cunning does not begin to describe these delicate biters.
The weather could have been better with a chilly SW wind blowing strongly into my swim, I just hoped it would blow the fish across in the same way. I intended to fish my usual 48 hours over two nights and the first afternoon did not bode well with just two tench and a medium size rudd coming to the net. Meanwhile crucians were being caught, in one anglers case a lot of crucians but I could only ring the changes on rig and bait then hope the fish would appear in my swim.
In the end I did get one golden bar of 3lb-7oz along with a lot of tench to 6lb plus, it seemed the crucians were shoaled up in different areas and I could only hope that my next visit would have more success.
Monday, 6 May 2013
I had hoped to be on the water at a time of good weather with the fish having been feeding hard ready for their spawning that usually occurs towards the end of May, of course that went by the way. This spring has gone missing and fish are only just beginning to get going seriously and I would think that they could easily be three or more weeks behind their normal timetable.
We arrive at the Loch about 3:00pm and once the car’s contents are unloaded into the lodge we can prepare to get set up fishing. There are only four anglers allowed on the water at one time and bookings are made for Saturday to Saturday. Our group of four had to be modified when Warren Gaunt dislocated his shoulder with just two weeks to go. He tried to convince himself he would manage but the specialists made him give in to the inevitable and a replacement was found in the short time left. That replacement angler was John Osborne and he joined Wyn Jones and John Found to make up our party of four anglers hoping to catch monster roach over the following week.
Previously the weed had been a major problem but with the late spring it was not too bad and no dragging had been required. Our tackle was as previously used, I’ll describe mine and the others would be very similar. Two Drennan 1.25lb 12ft Avon rods were matched with a pair of Shimano 5000 baitrunner reels. My main line was 18.5lb test Awa-Shima Reflector, a line I’ve recommended before. This line has proven quite successful in the you can work in thirds, the stated breaking strain is wrong by one third so this was the equivalent of 12lb line, but the diameter is equivalent to one third of the stated breaking strain and hence comes out a 6lb equivalent diameter. I would be using a maggot feeder on one rod and a flatbed method feeder on the other obviously matching the baits to suit. The maggot feeder was straight forward in that it was my usual short hooklink helicopter style rig with the hook just clearing the attachment to the feeder. The flatbed was again a short hooklink but working as is normal with this system as an inline feeder. Method mix is placed in a mould on top on the baited hook and this then presents the bait on top of the feed once it lands with the leaded base on the deck. Hook links were 4lb fluorocarbon to a size 12 Kamasan B980 pattern hook. I had used the Spomb to place a minimal amount of feed into the swim, maggots a few 10mm boilies and a little method mix just to try and tempt the roach to stay once they arrived.
We began the evening session but it seemed quiet until about 7:00pm when yet again the small fish came to the maggot feeder rig, this lasted until perhaps 10:30pm when they all but stopped and I changed the maggot rig back to boilie for the night. John had just begun to tidy up his tackle as a prelude to retiring when my bait was taken by an obvious better fish. The smaller roach had be jigging about with the bait giving a rise and fall on the indicators, this time the bobbin went to the top and if I had not struck the baitrunner would have started to give line. Yet again the rod bent over in a battle curve against the large fish and as it came into the torch light we saw that it was indeed a good one. In the landing net I suggested it could be a three but when John seemed to hesitate while looking at the scales I thought it would be under. Once he turned the face to me I could see I had equalled the 3lb exactly that had been my best fish on the last trip. He said the reading had been flashing between 3lb and 3lb-1oz before settling on the lower figure.
The following day arrived with no more action until just before we would have left the swim for out dinner John finally got his 2lb plus fish, a long lean fish that would surely have weighed far more if it had not been for the cold spring. The next 24hrs passed without any sign of a weighable fish so we decided to move swims and this was soon done to leave the evening session available after a small amount of bait had been Spombed out before dinner.
I've got to have a look at the red squirrels.
Kevin the head bailiff informed up the in the one year of being open this was the first time that all four anglers had caught a 3lb roach within their weeks fishing. I would think that Willow will have matched the four 3lb roach achievement in a week but only with far more than the four anglers fishing at the time. With 48 acres of water and just four anglers fishing I think that there could easily be a big surprise waiting to be caught. The largest fish taken so far is one of 3lb-13oz last November, that well might be beaten and only time will tell but whatever happens Lochnaw will go down in the records of history as a roach venue supreme.