From the water’s edge

July 2015 - Testing, testing

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Having packed Pete off to the sea-side with his mrs for the week, I was in a bit of a quandary. Where to go? Fortunately Terry was free and so I headed off to the wilds of somewhere to fish a piece of water that I had never even seen before. The pole experiment had piqued terry’s interest as well, especially after last week, and I arrived to find him armed to the teeth with not just a dusty, long-time-rested pole, but an extraordinary twenty foot long Bolognese rod as well.

This was an absolutely beautiful stretch that has produced plenty of fish for Terry in the past, but walking onto it for the first time, and looking as I always do for nailed on features likely to get that blank out of the way, it looked a bit daunting. The obvious spots were the one and only lock and a couple of farm bridges so I dragged him up to the lock as quickly as I could.

It certainly paid off and after some hunting around the swim, I started to find a few fish. Creeping small 2” curlys and nano minnows around the lock walls worked pretty well, but It was the running water that really drew my attention.

Wherever there is flow, there will be fish holed up between the current and the bank or in the slack immediately alongside where the moving water enters. Here it was on the far bank, but accessible by crossing the lock and once I had, I could see a classic spot. On the far side of the current and overhung with brambles and elder, it was the perfect place for the pole and so I fed the lure into the slack. Down with the lure, up with the pole and out with the first of several. Perch mostly, up to around the 12 oz mark but with three small Zs to create extra interest.

There is no doubt about it now, the pole is very effective, but there are things to get used to still. The takes for example. That exciting, sharp knock that is probably the most common sign that I get with a short jigging rod is rare. I have had that maybe two or three times now, but mostly the fish are just there. They most often just feel like a weight on the end of the line and are hard to spot until you move the pole. Consequently I have found it important to keep lifting and putting down the lure. The most effective method for me at the moment is a sharp lift of 6” to a foot and a slow put back down on to the bottom. Most takes become evident when lifting and at any sign of weight on the end I just hold the pole still until I see the line move and then sweep or lift smoothly into the fish. I missed a couple, and I lost a couple but those were on baits way to big for my hook. I was merely testing to see of the larger lures would generate any takes as I have yet to succeed with anything over 2” on this method. Both times, I spotted the take and just left it until the tip was pulling over, but both times the fish had clearly been holding the tail as the lure was pulled around the bend of the hook. The long and the short of it was, I hit just about everything and landed it today.

And that Bolognese rod? It worked fine but was just too unbalanced and heavy with a small reel. The pole was definitely the better option.

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journal 2015.


journal 2015.