My next session when the weather sorts itself out will be for Crucians, little bars of gold. It was already established after my session last year that the fish in my venue are not 'true' Crucians due to the presence of Brown Goldfish and Carp, but to me, for all intents and purposes, unless I catch a record which is highly unlikely, they are Crucians.
Last year on my only session I had about 10 Crucians, 5 Brown Goldfish and 5 Koi type things, some of them a very good size so I'm looking forward to this year even though it might be a bit harder as it was a lot warmer last May.
The lake I fish is 20' deep in places. I tried casting a feeder out last year, only a few rod lengths out and it was seemingly bottomless with the feeder taking longer to hit the bottom than it does at a very deep big Bream lake I fish, so very deep for only small lakes.
(Sponsored by Drennan Lindholme Lakes) Sunday 25th April 2021. Drennan Lindholme Lakes. 230 fished.
23 teams of 10 competed for the Stillwater Commercial Team National title at the prolific Drennan Lindholme Lakes near Doncaster. On the day, a cold easterly wind put paid to any bumper catches for this match but at least it didn’t rain and catches still remained reasonable for most and this led to the closest nail biting finish seen at a National for many a year. A matter of grams separated not only the Individual result but also the Team result.
Josh Turbill (Preston Innovations & Sonubaits North West) scraped the Individual win by the narrowest of margins of 140gms when he weighed in 57.800Kg from Laurels peg 15. Very close behind him was Tom Edwards (Daiwa Tackle & Bates) who weighed 57.660Kg from Bennys peg 56. Third place went to Connor Barlow (Drennan North West)...
I generally tie my feeder hooklengths with a hair and a band for pellet or spike for soft baits
My hooks for float fishing get tied with no hair.
If I am float fishing and decide to switch to hard pellet as a bait then am I better off switching hooklength to one tied with a band or can I get away with hooking a banded pellet onto the bottom of the gape ?
Would I be significantly decreasing my chances of the hook penetrating a lip and getting a good hold with the ‘lazy’ option or is it something done regularly by people?
Got a match at Landsend Sunday, so wanted to go and have a look at the work that’s been done since the new owner (Gary Anderson, Dart Player) took over. The fishery had declined a bit, stock levels dropped off and the foliage was rampant (the previous owner worked away a lot and was running another business, the fishery was a sideline/hobby).
Well, the arboreal incursion has been reversed, huge new platforms, paths around the fishery, new fish and some stock moved around, lots of work done, more planned, it’s looking good. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the fishery, it’s setting is idyllic, right on the top of the levels of Avalon, it’s one of the most peaceful commercials you can visit, but it’s a venue that hasn’t been kind to me results wise. Still, no result to get today, just an idea of how it’s fishing.