Vegetarian Roach ? Only wanting wheat or sweetcorn.On Wednesday I went night fishing, a two night session on a pit for roach. Used a pair of Darent Valley 0.75 rods with home made method feeders. Found my spots, put bands on my reels, removed feeders and used the smallest size Spomb to bait up (lightly) with dead maggots or wheat/sweetcorn. This pit has tench to over 13lbs so I was sort of hoping for a tench as well as 3lb+ roach. First night no action, lake looked dead, no movement, no fizzing, not even a sighting of carp!? Next morning I had a bad back pain with trapped nerve - blast. Walking (with overloaded barrow) I had to pass another adjacent pit and saw a few roach topping. I must be crackers, couldn't resist it, unloaded barrow and started fishing again. Not a bite on either dead maggots or sweetcorn over wheat? Started to floatfish wheat (lift method) and it was a bite a cast, again tried dead maggots and sweetcorn, but no it had to be wheat! Ended up with around 20 decent roach. Monday they only wanted sweetcorn? It's enough to make you take up golf - no that really would be stupid!!!
Kevin, it was a pleasure from start to finnish ('cept my journey down lol).Mick (Flightliner) happened to phone last time I was at the Tench Lake, and he fancied a break from his usual pursuit of big bream, big perch and big roach so we arranged to meet up at the small tench epicentre. Mick arrived looking a bit shocked after what he called a nightmare journey down, and I'd endorse that description of finding yourself a long way adrift on the edge of Nottingham's dreaded ring road.
With a few anglers on and a damp breeze blowing into the roadside pegs - the forecast was poor - we trudged around to the opposite bank. The bad weather didn't materialise; the wind dropped and the rain showers didn't add up to much, and the day had a bit of everything, weatherwise
The fishing had been fantastic on Monday, under blues skies and blazing sun. Naturally, the "better" conditions plus a visitor who'd come a long way had the usual perverse effect, and the tench weren't throwing themselves at the bait. I'd fished the pole on Monday, so I set up rod and pin. With two identical seeming areas to left and right, one swim barely produced a bite and maggots were ignored. Pinches of damp micro's and expanders got bites in the other, but hardly a bite came to a still bait - the bites were all a quick blink of the float as the bait settled or just after you twitched or lifted it. Steve had mentioned a friend caught some bigger fish from our bank, but we didn't see any, and I ended up with around 50 like this
Mick, meanwhile, was enjoying this old-school, light tackle, fishing for bites stuff. For a man who has caught tench to 9lb or so, he wasn't looking down on these juniors, and said catching these on light float gear and trying to suss where they were in the swim and how they were feeding was no less fun than catching bigger ones on specimen tackle. By the time we finished he was catching them at a rate.
Cheers, Mick - thanks for coming down and I'll look forward to next time, either here or on the Don.
The pinch of micro's was the feed, Mike - just what you can pick up with the tips of your fingers. 6mm expanders on the hook, sometimes cut in half as I didn't have smaller ones.He’s a tench magnet Mick and nice with it. Glad you enjoyed the day. How did you get a pinch of damp micros on a hook, was it like a paste?