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Higher up in the water.

My last minute attempt at catching fish boiling above (well above) my bait had spurred me on to try catching high in the water right from the off, so I persuaded Pete to risk a return visit to the Long pool.

The wind was in the same direction as last week and the threat of rain real enough for me to go straight for the same peg where I knew that I could set my brolly in a comfortable position.

There is 15 feet of water in this swim, and last week I eventually caught at between two and four feet deep. My plan was to use a spread shotting pattern to create a slow drop. The float would be loaded and lighter, so I used a 1 gram loaded crystal waggler with 2 No4, 1 No 6 and a micro swivel below to cock it. I started on a 12 but changed down to a 14 later on.

I fed my liquidised bread in a much less compressed ball so that it burst at the surface to draw the fish up and used flake on the hook as usual.

I fed once or twice per cast with small amounts and after fifteen minutes missed my first bite. Lots of small fish were taking the floating crumb and I hoped to find some better ones hanging around just below them. It was a relief to hook the first fish at five feet, a nice four pound three bream and I was lucky enough to add another three of identical size and a couple of smaller ones to the bag during the morning.



I did find it necessary to fish deeper, by a foot or so at a time to keep the bites coming and all was well. However mid morning a cold wind strengthened, causing a strong drift . Coupled with a 7-13 mirror carp that took me several minutes to get out of the swim, my bites died away and it all became much harder.  

Pete fishing the next peg with hemp and casters had quite a few smaller fish predominantly perch but we both added one ( in my case) or two or three (in Pete’s) small roach to the bag. His swim flattered to deceive when it produce a nice tench early on but he never found any more.

It is interesting to note that my outlook when bait fishing is focussed differently to that when lure fishing. With bait, I always feel that the fish are there and catching them or more of them is a matter of changing depth or shotting or hook size or any number of other technical details. When lure fishing it is a simple case of no bites, then move.

I do change baits or colours when takes dry up but there is always a better looking spot further along to tempt me to move. Things are complicated by a lack of incentive for the fish when you are casting artificials, in that there is no food available to put their caution aside, but even so, there must be a way to tempt more predators from a swim.

Pete found today that using casters triggered non-stop bites from perch and casters aren’t exactly a noted perch bait. We never garner this much interest from perch in our lures. He had bites from them at every depth from the surface down through ten or twelve feet to the bottom. Those casters were probably not or at least barely, moving either. Do we retrieve too fast, should our lures look more like insect larvae than fish.

There are a lot of unknowns here . Scent is an obvious difference, but I have never met anybody yet who was convinced that artificially flavouring lures made any difference. At least nobody who wasn’t selling scents or flavours. Certainly nobody has ever demonstrated any improvement to my satisfaction, and I have tried it myself many times in the past.

I accept totally that isome worms appear to be more effective than other equivalent scented lures but equally I have proved to my own satisfaction that they are nowhere near as effective as real bait either. I keep coming back to the idea that an artificial, fished among fish already feeding on groundbait does work well. I wonder if I might try using a small nano minnow on the hook, either under a float or on the lead, when the fish are feeding well. That might be interesting.

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