Last weekend’s wet weather had a major effect on the number of anglers wetting a line – with local fisheries almost deserted during the deluge.
I’m told we are in drought conditions, but we seem to have had more than our fair share of rain during April.
I just hate fishing under a brolly, they get in the way, flap about, restrict movement and obscure your vision, but I’m so thankful to my 60-inch oval brolly, keeping me relatively dry.
I keep telling myself – ‘fish don’t mind getting wet’ – but mountains of drenched fishing tackle takes a lot of drying out and certainly takes the edge off a fishing session.
Last weekend saw me rummaging through fishing tackle at a trade stand – and I just had to buy some more pole floats.
It must be an identifiable illness, disease or obsession, but anglers never seem to have enough floats.
The only cure is to buy more and more, to add to already overwhelming collections. What a delight!
I had to have a few specialist dibbers, only two inches long, taking three number eights, for a tench attack I’m planning in the next few weeks.
Imagine a ‘normal’ body-up pole float, cut the bristle off flush with the body, then lop off two thirds of the stem and you have a basic ‘dibber’ design.
As you have probably guessed, they are designed to be unobtrusive and very delicate, ideal for shallow margin fishing and just the job to help fool a few Tincas.
Where ‘fishery furniture’ allows, I’m fishing lighter and lighter these days, almost bordering on serious match tactics, which gets the bites, but is governed by fish size and underwater snags or obstructions.
Always use tackle that gives you a good chance of landing fish, there’s no point in being under-gunned and losing fish or tackle.
On the business end, a size 16 wide-gape carp barbless, baited with a tiny cube of Prince’s smokey bacon grill, one of my favourite supermarket baits.
For the angling connoisseur – there’s a wide range of specialist ‘boosted’ meats available from tackle shops, which are well worth experimenting with and have landed me lots of fish in the past.
Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.