Blog Posts by Shane Billings
Simple tactics produces hot action for big-fish angler Shane Billings
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 .
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.
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!