This week it’s mostly back to the Poachers Pocket set-up. Basically it’s a telescopic mini-rod and reel that has revolutionised my angling in terms of allowing me to get loads of extra sessions in. Rather than keep repeating myself each time though, if you’re not a regular reader of my blog, use the search engine at the base of the page.
My first outing was to a tiny brook. Still well within daylight on a bright and sunny day, not to mention the extremely low water level, on paper it was one of those sessions where you just give it a go because fishing is always better than no fishing. The density of the nettles and other vegetation made it clear that no-one else had been on there either.
Fishing a very simple tackle approach of 4lb main line (Maxima) to 2.5lb fluorocarbon hook length with a size 18 hook, and a small shot and bead five inches above it with a 1/3 ounce lead, it’s the gist of the standard rig I use for most fishing of this type. My bait was a single red maggot and I threw loose maggots out as and when.
The first swim I fished drew a blank, in fact no action at all other than losing tackle on an underwater snag, probably a branch. It’s very wild and not managed so is as natural as you can get. It’s not even a recognised fishing venue and without doubt fellow anglers, assuming they knew the place, would be very surprised to realise it contains fish.
It does just that though and in with the numerous roach, single gudgeon and perch I had from the second swim, I also caught a really nice redfin. I could see all the fish twisting and turning in the clear water but the bigger roach was fantastic to watch. The flash of silver is something you don’t get to see on murky water venues.
I also saw a small pike in the water. I even had it on for a second or two as it attacked the maggot being retrieved through the water. Well, either that or the lead. It hung around for a while right beneath me as I perched on the edge of the high bank. I may even go after it in the future; I doubt whether there are many in there, although there could possibly be a nice perch or two so a fish bait could definitely be worth a go.
My second session was on the canal, with the same tackle approach. Another short visit I ended up with gudgeon and perch. I added a further five outings during the week, with micro-jigging trips in there as well. I made another visit to the brook but nothing on that occasion. It’s definitely a needle-in-a-haystack venue though with just the deeper bends holding fish.
As always though, whether I catch or not, I have enjoyed this week’s angling and ultimately that’s what it’s all about. I also have a life outside of fishing, of course, and you can check out the tweets below, mostly football-related this week. You can access my Twitter account HERE and I’m also on Facebook HERE
My week on Twitter – a selected daily tweet