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July 2015 - A week is a long time...

A week is a long time, not just in politics, but in the lure fisherman’s world as well. A lot can happen. The weather can change and the fish stop feeding, which they did. A week is a lot of daydreams, all those fish and takes that the mind’s eye can see so clearly while waiting for the next outing to crawl into view, can become invisible so quickly once the first lock comes into sight but just for a minute or two today, daydream and reality were as one. Pete had his first fish in the hand before I had even rigged my line up. Mine came on the first put in as well and all looked very promising, but after a flurry of activity the fishing gods became a lot, lot meaner and takes faded to now and then.

It shouldn’t have been this way, there were less boats and we were expecting fish where last week we had been hoping for them. By ten o clock, we had caught just a dozen small perch and zander and takes were a fading memory. True, we had both had quite a lot more takes than we had fish and I had made my usual hash of the job by bouncing some more off, but it was becoming very clear that it was time to move on.

We needn’t have bothered, the next venue was filthy, more liquid mud than water and it took us some time to even gather a take. After a rare spell devoid of boats however, we did get a couple more apiece, but it wasn’t great and with time pressing we had to leave early anyway. A pity, I think that we would have had more if I hadn’t had to get back home, but there it is. Not a great day,  16 between us and all small again but even that is a result given the amount of boats out on the water again today. Can’t wait for the kids to get back to school.

I did at least get a fish on a larger bait, a 3.5” ribster, although it was a pity it wasn’t as big as the ones I had been catching on 1” shads. I guess it shows that the elastic can work with a size 4 hook, so that’s progress. I feel that I am getting the hang of sticking the hook in with this set up now. The biggest problems are with hooking and landing the smallest fish. Because the elastic is not strong enough to set the hook, I rely on it working its way home during the fight. Small fish don’t have the weight to pull against. Worse still, if one strikes rather than lifts, inertia will stretch the elastic a little which then contracts again quite sharply catapulting the fish forward just enough to offer it the slack line it needs to shed the hook. I am slowly getting to understand the physics behind pole fishing terminology such as ‘bouncing fish off’. By the end of the session, I was becoming quite proficient at lifting into the small fish and sweeping the pole to one side whilst unshipping enough of it to get the fish out. That way there is no slack but it requires some dexterity and the slightest hesitation during that manoeuvre is what loses me the most fish.

Not much of a day really, but practice and experience are what make us better anglers.

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