Since I last found the time to write anything on here I’ve actually been fishing five times but none of these trips has lasted more than three hours. For little and often fishing it helps if its local so I’ve been continuing to try and outwit the Tench in the little pit. I’ve concentrated on a couple of swims in a shallow area as I feel confident the Tench will be spawning nearby very soon. I’ve mostly used two rods; one has been for float fished corn in the margins while the other started out as a feeder rig but has evolved into an inline PVA bag rig with a 10mm boilie and fake corn.
On one of the trips I was happy to be joined by Isaac. It had been a busy weekend with clubs and shops and cricket and water gun fights and big dinners and even a little fishing. Isaac and I arrived at the Tench pit around 1930 with the sun beginning to sink at the end of a bright breezy day. This little water should be ideal for our purposes, Isaac could fish for silvers and I had a chance of a Tench.
We settled down with the wind on our backs and began fishing; Isaac with maggots on a whip while I used corn on the waggler rod, close to a bed of lilies. Isaac started catching fish straight away; A succession of Perch of all sizes up to 6ozs engulfed his bait. Feeding handful of maggots every now and again kept the bites coming regularly and Isaac busy. I switched to maggots every now and again, caught a Perch and promptly reverted to corn.
After a while Isaac took a break and wandered off to explore which gave me the opportunity to concentrate on my float. I’d been feeding the odd small ball of expo groundbait and there seemed to be a bit of movement in the shallow water near my float. I tensed, surely not? It slid away and set the hook, then wound in another small Perch.
Isaac returned and began catching from the off again. As the evening drew on he was managing to drop his float into the same spot time after time, he concentrated on his float and if anything was striking a little too soon as he missed several bites and we hardly needed the disgorger for these greedy Perch. His greatest discovery was finding out how funny it was to swing a wriggling Perch into my face as I tried to concentrate on my float. There were a couple of further movements to my float but neither amounted to any fish and it became hard to concentrate whilst avoiding a Perch in the chops.
By 2130 it was getting dark and Isaac’s attention had wandered off somewhere. As always I could have happily fished on and stared at my float until it drove me mad, I never want to pack up. Isaac decided he was a clear winner as he’d stopped counting his fish when the tally reached twenty, all had been Perch except for one lovely golden Rudd. In two hours he must have caught about three pounds of small fish. My score was four of the smallest Perch in the lake.
Two more short trips followed this; on one I caught a few nice Rudd and a Perch on the float rod, the other was a hungover blank sat behind alarms but I did get to feed a Robin.
June 16th arrived and the traditional start to the season saw me ignore the river and head back to the pit for another go at the Tench. I fancied the same swim again despite an easterly wind blowing into my face. It was a warm bright day and once again nice to be out. I started off sitting behind alarms again but after half an hour I was itching to get the float rod out. For some reason I’d neglected to use hemp so far this year so baited the edge of the pads with a couple of big handfuls of little seeds and baited the hook with corn again.
At around 2100 I had a slow, sail away bite on the float and hooked into a decent fish which managed to bolt into a reedbed before I even knew what was going on. I resigned myself to losing it but it was still moving and splashing around so maybe I had a chance? After sustained pressure and lots of commotion the fish ran passed me and out into open water. I glimpsed a dark flank and pale belly and began to believe my Tench jinx was about to be broken. The fish ran and ran and ran and eventually I realised I had hooked a Carp. When this was confirmed I piled on as much pressure as the pellet waggler would allow and after a few minutes netted a double figure Mirror. I enjoyed the fight and the capture but would have felt more rewarded with a Tench half its size.
The swim and tackle was in a mess so it was easier to pack away the float rod and replace it with the pop up. Once again I fished on into dark but nothing else pulled my string.