Blog Posts by Shane Billings

Back Shane Billings


Part Time Cleaner
Other Sponsor(s):
Bait Factory & Chapel Baits
Favourite Venue:
Cudmore Fishery

My Bio

My uncle started taking me fishing with him when I was 9. We used to go on the river Dove and the canals and I was "hooked" straight away!!! My Grandad also used to take me to the river Dove for a few hours once a week, I have to laugh now because i was lucky to fish for 1/2 an hour.....he had the rod the rest of the time !!!! I got involved in match fishing for the local youth club then started to fish for British Gypsum once a year in a team event at JCB at Rocester.In my second year I was placed second in my section and was awarded a trophy....Unforgettable!!!

As the years have passed I've fished from rivers to ponds and lakes with an occasional open match resulting in a few wins. I turned my attention to specimen fishing ,carp, barbel and in the winter pike but for the last four years my main target and my passion is the Wels catfish which I target from April to September,then back to pike again until April!!!!

My personal bests are Wels catfish 54lb 3oz,Cudmore Sturgeon 24lb 6oz Lychgate, Pike 21lb 9oz River Dove, Mirror carp 20lb 12oz Pirelli pool, Grass carp 20lb 2oz Shattersford, Common carp 19lb 5oz BMAA club pool, Zander 15lb 3oz unamed venue, Barbel 14lb 6oz River Trent, Bream 10lb 12oz Pirelli pool, Tench 8lb 8oz Pirelli pool, Chubb 5lb 8oz, River Dove, Eel 5lb 4oz Pirelli pool, Perch 3lb 2oz Fleam stream,(runs into the river Dove). 

29 Jun 2013

Simple tactics produces hot action for big-fish angler Shane Billings

I decided to give Cudmore Fishery the taste of the new krill & crab boilies.  I had chosen to fish the lake Avoca, which is renowned for its carp & catfish.

Upon arrival I saw there was already 8 anglers ‘bivvied up' around the pool, so soon enough I gathered my tackle and made my way to the far side of the lake, surprised to see no surface activity despite the warm sunshine and only slight breeze.

The next couple of hours passed quickly whilst setting up for the night, deciding not to during the hours or darkness, but instead bait up two areas ready for the morning.

The first area I baited was an area 35 yards out in front of me, and secondly to a marginal shelf to my right. Before getting some shut-eye, I put out a kilo of boilies over each area.

I woke up to the dawn chorus at around 3.45am, and after a couple of brews and a bit of brekkie, it was time to bait my rods and cast them into position, the waiting game then beginning.

The line fished at 35 yards was set up with a 2oz lead, a size 6 barbless hook and baited with a single 14mm krill & crab boilie. All of this was put into a solid PVA bag of crushed boilies – simple, but effective. The margin rod was fished with an inline lead, a 6" hooklength, and a size 8 barbless hook, again baited with a single krill & crab boilie. This time though, I attached a short stringer of 3 baits.

Forty minutes passed with not even a bleep to show for my efforts, however I decided to leave the rods another 20 minutes before re-baiting .

Just ten minutes later the margin rod was away, and soon enough the first fish of the day lay in the folds of my landing net - a cracking carp of 14lb9oz. Another fifteen minutes later and the other rod was away, this time resulting in another carp of 15lb2oz.

The intense action continued throughout the day, roughly catching 3-4 fish every hour, the majority of the carp coming from the marginal rod.

All the carp ranged low to mid doubles, plus a bonus catfish at 12lb! All in all it was a fantastic day with a total of over 200lb of fish!

Happy angling!