Finally, a much longed for break in the horrendous freezing weather gave me a chance to get a line out at my local fishery, writes Kevin Miles.
Conditions were far from ideal, low bright winter sunshine combined with a bitingly cold wind gave the water’s surface a nasty chop and made spotting a float difficult, to say the least.
But I was in desperate need of some ‘float therapy’!
The water itself was nearly freezing, pockets of thin ice huddled together in the sheltered bays and around bankside reeds, it was going to be a tough day.
A day of ‘scratching for bites’ – with any fish in the net, a welcome bonus.
I was using a ‘puddle chucker’ float, cast to the middle of the lake, combined with a four-foot hook-length and a 20 hook, baited with a single red maggot as bait.
Even the maggots looked cold, barely moving in the box, but still a top bait in the depths of winter.
Amazingly, the first cast resulted in an unmissable sail-away bite and a lovely 6oz rudd that couldn’t resist the bait presented on the drop.
Safely in the landing net, I had a chance to admire its lovely winter colours and tried to remember when last I managed to bank a fish. Fish depravation has strange effects on anglers!
Six fish on the trot, all to a single red, (one maggot landing three fish) and I thought I was doing really well, it’s easy, this fishing lark!
How wrong could I be? For some reason, I couldn’t buy another bite. The fish had totally switched off!
A pouch full of reds around the float resulted in nothing. A change of swims, change of hook-length – nothing!
The feeding time was obviously over and it was time to go home.
It wasn’t until I started to tackle-up that I realised I wasn’t all that cold, it’s amazing how catching fish keeps you warm and alert.
What a fabulous few hours of fishing therapy and with a chance of a midweek session on the horizon, it doesn’t get much better!
Meanwhile, the Young Vanish Angling Club visited us last Sunday and struggled with the conditions, but 8lb of roach and chub were needed to take first place on a very hard day.
For further match information, phone Dave Offler on 07836 570066.