Gary Newman enjoyed a great days fishing on the River Colne, landing numerous fish from a pre-baited spot at the end of a shallow glide.
Both were caught on boilies wrapped in paste with a PVA bag of broken boilies and 6mm halibut pellets, from a swim that he had been trickling a bit of bait into. The swim was at the end of a shallower, faster run where it then dropped off into deeper water and slowed down.
They were landed on 12ft 1.75 lb Martin Bowler Specialist Barbel rod with Series 7 BR 9–30 Carp Method reel loaded with 10lb ESP Syncro main line, and end tackle was a 2ft 10lb fluorocarbon hook link to a size 7 ESP T6 hook.
With the water temperature slowly rising, Martin Bowler decided to have one last go in the hope of landing a big pike…
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Ray Pulford had an afternoon session targetting perch on a local stillwater using simple waggler tactics to great effect.
Ray’s setup consisted of a Loaded Crystal Waggler and 4.4lb Float Fish mainline tied directly to a size 14 Wide Gape Specialist hook. The hook bait choice for the session was a maggot and lobworm cocktail, which proved irresistible to the perch. By loose feeding maggots on a little and often basis, he kept plenty of small bait fish active in his swim, which, in turn, attracted the stripey predators.
The biggest trio of the session weighed 2lb 4oz, 2lb 8oz and 2lb 12oz, along with plenty of backup fish around the 1lb mark.