It's been nice having a short break from the blogging and just spending time enjoying myself and putting the fun back into my fishing. After all the fun is the most important aspect of fishing. The day I stop smiling when I hook a fish or lose that anticipation that surges through me when I arrive at a mark, will be the day I give up fishing.
Chew...What a place!
The end of April was a pretty good start to my fun fishing with Q3 of The British Lure Angling Championship. The anticipation ran at double strength all the way there and got my heart racing and my face smiling. When we arrived and I saw the lake and the feeling doubled. What a place Chew Lake is. Stunning scenery and lake stuffed with features. Every cast I couldn't help but think, I could catch a big girl. Unfortunately it wasn't to be but my boat partner and all around nice guy Alan Buckingham had a nice middle to upper double.
All though I didn't manage a monster I did have my first ever chew pike. Working the shallows with a weedless Bait Breath TT Shad I soon got hits followed by a lovely pristine jack of about 3lb.
This was the first time I had used the TT Shads and my god I think I have a new favorite soft plastic. Using a 3/16oz belly weight these things fish beautifully on the drop and cast a mile. I'm looking forward to using these for the bass this year.
I also managed a very scrappy rainbow trout on a TT Shad that was a pleasure to play in on the Palms Egeria. This is not he first time I have used these rods but the more I do the more I fall I love with them. Predominantly a Salmon and Sea trout rod this rod makes the cross over to pike fishing beautifully and are perfect for close quarter fishing.
I have really been enjoying my pike fishing and as I progress I have seen my catch rate improve (minus the last two sessions where I blanked) It's been a pleasure using the heavier gear and chucking big lures. That's why I have decided to invest in a new baitcaster. A brand new model straight from the guys at Palms. I'll be sure to share more with you when it arrives next month.
With only a couple of hours free last Saturday I needed maximum fun guaranteed. I headed to my local carp lake and armed with my Graphiteleader Bosco 1-10g, some 8lb leader, my Shimano Exage and some dog biscuits. I walked to my chosen swim and within just a few minutes I had the carp up on the surface feeding and a moment later I hooked my first one. After some storming runs I soon landed my first carp.
I continued to pull out carp every 5-10 minutes with 10 fish landed and the biggest going 13lb 13oz. It was just what I needed, some good old arm wrenching fun. Next stop was the pub for a few jars of cider. Oh sorry nearly forgot to say, my good friend Matt Jones blanked. Now we mustn't laugh because lets face it he had a blinding session with Oz Goldsmith aboard Zen 2 that I'm not jealous of at all. check out his report here.
Take it slow...
Sunday evening saw John and myself head out in his boat off the north coast of Cornwall. The plan was to use my new rod and see what all this slow jigging is all about. The rod is the awesome Palms Metal Witch 632SF teamed up with (for now) an Abu 5501 loaded with 20lb braid.
I had a few metals in my arsenal to try, including the Palms Slow Blatt S and Slow Blatt R I only ended up using one of them and I can honestly say it is one of the most fun ways I have fished from a boat. I'm not going to explain all the ins and outs of slow jigging but it's basically just that. Rather than conventional speed jigging with slow jigging you can keep more contact with the lure and consequently have better feel. The basics can be picked up in a quick session then it's a case of tuning your action and mixing it up until you find what works on the day.
The rod it's self is something else and weighing only 130g there's no risk you'll need to put this down before you are done fishing. The action when teamed with the right metals is simply sublime and makes fishing the metal effectively, easy. I cannot wait for my next trip and hopefully I'll find some bigger fish next time. Interestingly the slow blatt out fished a silver wedge for the pollock and mackerel at a ratio of 4:1. I know it's only one trip but I can see this slow jigging becoming very popular here in the UK, One things for sure I'm hooked.
Some of you may have seen this already but the Palms guys have put together a video on deep water slow jigging. It's worth a watch and explains the basics very well.
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