Artificial

 Lite

From the water’s edge

August 2014 - Indian summer

I’d never been to the Oval before. Trent bridge, Edgebaston, and Grace road, yes, but never the Oval. I’ve still never been to the Oval. Colin, (my brother), and I had tickets for day 4 of the England v India test match and we were keen to get there. Keener than India were anyway. They threw in the towel after three days leaving us to claim a refund and, thanks to Colin’s foresight, to go fishing instead. So we watched the match end on the telly, found some fishing on the internet and Monday morning saw us on the banks of the Waveney near Bungay. It was only 15 miles from his house, but we hadn’t fished it before. I shall be surprised if we don’t get back there though, we had a load of fun and plenty of fish.

We started in a small weirpool, Colin using some old goldfish orange Storm shads and me using all the usual lures on all the usual gear. I have been surprised how versatile an ultra-lite outfit is and that it should be so admirably suited to big rivers, small rivers, canals and anything else you care to name. Once I would have reached for heavier gear on running water. Not these days, 3.5 grams seems to do everything, nearly everywhere I go.

Colin set the ball rolling on about his third cast with a gallant jack. It kited about a bit but didn’t exactly test the gear. A good start, followed shortly after by a perch for me. It took a three inch quantum battle shad in our favourite silver/green-tailed pattern. It wasn’t just a favourite of mine, the pike liked it too and the wire trace was on for most of the day

If that’s the way it has to be, then so be it. I fished for Jacks seeing as there were so many about. I showed Colin how to use the dropshot and as it always seems to do, it produced one take (another perch, on and off) and nothing else, so we whiled away a pleasant morning fishing above the weed until we ran out of water and takes.

The club day ticket covered several stretches, so we set off to the next, and as it turned out last, section that caught our eye.

For a while, it looked like more of the same but on a shallow stretch dotted with cabbages and streamer weed, I spotted a few chub and threw a 2” kopyto at them. Two hits straight away showed they were up for it, but both fell off. Maybe it was the wire, so I took that off, replaced the shad with a tripple ripple grub and tried again. Bingo, I had a couple out, the biggest might have made two pounds, and I had the tryptic, pike perch and chub. Not bad for a scratch day out on unknown territory.

Obviously as soon as we had worked it out, Colin switched his rig too and caught his first two ever on a lure.

The weather had started out a bit gloomy, the wind was fresh and a coat seemed essential. I don’t need to explain really that as soon as we had walked well away from the car, the sun came out leaving me sweating like a trooper. With the heat, the chub melted away and the pike came out again.

There were a load of roach in this stretch too, big shoals, of the kind that we could only dream of in the Midlands were hanging about in the dead water. Most of them 6-8 oz with a fair smattering of bigger fish. I can’t tell you what a change it made to have something follow the lure home on every cast. It just emphasises the paucity of fish in our local rivers. Even non-predatory fish will follow a lure all the time, if they are there. The fact that we never see such behaviour at home suggests that they just don’t exist in our waters. Mind you even here the weed was coated with brown fuzz. Now I know what he has up the road, I can see his spare room getting a bit more use.

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