Blog Posts by Clive Taylor
Staunton Harold Reservoir, Derbyshire.
Overcast, Very Windy
Bait Factory ‘Artic' Krill and Crab Method mix, ‘Artic' Glug to enhanced flavour and smell. ‘Artic' 6mm Soft hooker pellets.
Some free offerings of sweetcorn and ‘Infuse' Bio Bloodworm Hemp.
Medium Feeder Rod with a 30gram cage feeder, 3lb hooklegnth, size 16 Kamasan x-strong Animal barbless hook with a quick stop.
The session in words:
Today's bait preparation was straight forward. I mixed 3pints of groundbait with 70ml of Glug, I chose to use a good amount of glug due to the size of the reservoir as I had to really work at pulling the fish into the swim. The groundbait once mixed and riddled three times, some sweetcorn and ‘Infuse' hemp was added for free offerings to keep the fish feeding for longer.
I had decided to fish two methods for today's session, the pole and cage feeder at long range. The pole was quickly packed away though as it was only 1.5foot deep at 12.5m, the water levels were low due to the warm summer and I had chosen what seemed to be the shallow end to fish. This left me with only the feeder to fish, which proved difficult due to the strong winds.
I was casting as far as the feeder would allow, this worked out to be about 60 – 70 yards as each cast was against the wind.
I started off by fishing with a single red maggot on the hook, after three casts and 15 minutes I got my first bite which was a roach of about 11oz. The next hour saw a few nice perch, nothing big but very good condition. I then switched to the 6mm Soft Hooker Pellets, with regular casting and re-baiting of the hook (hair rig) bites soon started to come steady. The soft hooker pellets attracted the better quality fish out of the swim, Bream which ranged from 2lb upto about 3.5lb in weight. On occasion the bites would dry out, I put this down to not being accurate with my casting due to the strong winds, but the attractants from the groundbait pulled in fish to produce a bite.
The session ended with 36lb 4oz of fish, a mixture of roach, Perch and some really good bream.
It was a very enjoyable session, the Artic flavour proved a winning choice for today's session.