I am confident enough, in my ability, that I will catch them if they are present, but when they are nomadic individuals (not shoal fish) my tactics have involved setting a trap. I lay down a bed of particles with a hook bait positioned in the centre, and await my visitors. Twice, in 2014, I've been exceptionally fortunate to have two (very large) barbel discover my banquet and subsequently end up in the folds of my landing net. As for the rest of my sessions? Eels - party poopers!! They have nothing to recommend them, although I have to respect the fact that they are native to The Stour whilst my quarry is an, recently, introduced alien. Can't have it both ways?
|Sandwich Coarse Fishery - 17 lbs 4 oz|
A short, fat, incredibly, thick-set, fish - most welcomed
So I was on the brink of despair - there was just no way could I face a fifth night beside the river. I needed to bend a rod and the commercial fisheries came to my rescue. I took Emily across to Sandwich Coarse Fishery, on Wednesday morning, and was able to secure a couple of night sessions on the venue. I'd only ever fished it for perch previously - Kevin was superb - he suggested the swims to look at.
I used my barbel rods, on that first night, coupled with my ABU Cardinal 66X's, taking three carp to 17 lbs 4 oz - such a relief to bend a rod again!
|My swim at Sandwich Coarse Fishery - I look like an advert for "Dragon Carp!"|
That CK "Stakeout MK II" is perfect for this type of short session
|If it's not about the size; then it has got to be about enjoyment?|
Two centre-pins on my tench rods - snag-ears and home-made indicators.
|Long Shaw Farm - 12 lbs 2 oz (Five doubles in three days!)|
|Gadget - just happy to be back outdoors!|
This one was about 8/9 lbs - for the first session since a stroke - job done!