Tom Hobbs shows you how to target quality fish on the pole feeder in this week’s Angling Times.
The Drennan Oxford and England U25s squad member tackles his local River Thames to put together a net of big roach and bream in less than favourable conditions.
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Drennan’s Ryan Hayden was rewarded this weekend with a lovely brace of perch from the River Great Ouse after spending the day searching with lures.
With the colour dropping out of the river, Ryan decided to give the lures a go in hope of locating a few big perch.
“After a relatively unsuccessful morning with only one small pike to show for my efforts, a move further downstream resulted in a take on the drop. A perch of about a pound had hit my lure within a foot of the far bank less than a second after it had hit the water. With plenty of water already covered, I hoped I had located a shoal of perch held up tight to the far bank behind a large fallen tree, sheltering from the extra flow.”
A dozen or so casts later, Ryan had hooked and landed two better fish, again from the same area confirming his thoughts that they had been sat out of the extra flow.
Ryan used his 8ft 6in E-Sox Dropshot rod coupled with an FD-3000 reel loaded with 8lb braid, 8lb Fluorocarbon leader and a crayfish lure mounted on an 8g jig head.
“When there is extra colour, I prefer to use creature type baits as they give off much more vibrations into the water than a fish shaped lure. The only downside being that they do not cast as well due to their size and less aerodynamic shape. I find myself using a slightly bigger jig head than normal to achieve the same distance and to be able to confidently feel the lure hit the bottom when twitching it back on the retrieve,” added Ryan.
E-Sox consultant Steve Rowley has been concentrating on kayak fishing for pike this season, and his results have been pretty good to date.
His biggest pike from a kayak so far is a fish of 29lb 8oz, which was landed using his 12ft E-Sox Piker Bait rod, 60lb E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line, 7 Strand Pike Wire, and size 4 E-Sox Semi Barbless Extra Strong Pike Trebles.
“The rod works perfectly when kayak fishing for pike, and are powerful enough to stop those last minute lunges under the boat,” explained Steve.
An astonishing 62lb of tench won the latest big match on the Fenland Drains at the weekend!
Drennan North West squad member and Welsh international Darren Frost had the once-in-a-lifetime catch on the 20ft Drain near March in Cambridgeshire. The catch easily won the final sell-out practice open before next week’s Angling Trust Winter League Final, which sees 34 teams of 10 split between the Fenland Drains and Decoy Lakes.
We managed to grab a couple of great tips from Darren Davies while he was fishing at White Acres Holiday Park in Cornwall.
Bite-Size Tip: Feeding Loose Groundbait
Bite-Size Tip: Elastic Tensioning
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Simon Ashton landed one of his long-term targets recently with an impressive 27lb 3oz pike from a very tough venue in North-West England.
Simon Ashton pictured with his prized catch, a 27lb 3oz pike.
The bite came just after 4pm in sub-zero temperatures. The Durham angler was fishing at range in 42ft of water on a 15in mackerel, flavoured in salmon oil for extra attraction.
“The fish, which beats my previous best 24lb 10oz by a considerable margin, put up an amazing fight in the deep water. To capture one of the lake’s heavyweights means the world to me after 10 years of trying to bank a fish over 25lb.”
Simon used his trusty 12ft E-Sox Piker Bait rods with reels loaded with 60lb E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line, a simple free running ring to which he attaches a 5oz lead and a 2ft long trace made up of 40lb E-Sox Super Trace material and size 4 Extra Strong Pike Trebles in semi barbed.
Alan Scotthorne spent an enjoyable session on a little known stretch of river last week, catching over 20lb of roach.
He chose to tackle the River Torne with his son Oliver for a spot of pleasure fishing, but also to brush up on his whip fishing skills in readiness for the forthcoming Winter League Final on the Fens. Being just 12m wide and no more than 5ft deep, the Torne at Belton is not unlike the Old Nene at March – but a good 100 miles nearer to his Yorkshire home!
Alan soon had the fish queuing up on his 5m whip swim by feeding regular small balls of punch crumb with punched bread on the hook. He chose to use a 0.4g AS7 pole float, which he had slightly modified by cutting down the wire stem because of the extra shallow nature of the swim. A simple bulk and one No9 dropper was all that was needed with a size 20 barbless Silverfish Match hook to a 0.08mm hooklength. Swapping between 4mm, 5mm and 6mm Brass Head Bread Punches kept the fish coming as he amassed well over 100 pristine roach.
Alan fished the Doncaster & District Angling Association controlled stretch of the River Torne at Belton, South Yorkshire.
Norfolk-based all-round angler, David Selley landed himself a new personal best pike recently breaking the 20lb barrier with an immaculate fish.
After a biteless morning, David was convinced by his friend to move stretches and try his luck in a mill pool nearby.
“I fished a trout deadbait under a float and had the bite within half an hour of casting out. The fish fought really well, forcing me to back wind at times. She broke my former personal best of 19lb that stood for over eight years, so I was over the moon when the needle of the scales swung past the 20lb mark.”
David used 45lb E-Sox Piker Braided Reel Line and 34lb Super Trace Pike Wire to land the powerful fish.
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The Angling Times takes a closer look at the Red Range Target Carp 1450 pole in this week’s edition.
This great-value pole is a true-length 14.5m model with a fabulous spares package. That includes skid bungs, roller cones, PTFE bushes and a total of six Carp Kits, each fitted with the ingenious Side Pull System – and all for less than £400!
Pick up this week’s copy of the Angling Times to see how the Target Carp 1450 performed in their latest on-the-bank test.