Nice day on the Trent, pole hemp and caster plus the odd one on tares
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Fished me local stretch at Sawley today, this peg has always been kind to me and first time I've fished it this season. Plumbed up at 11.5 m where the flow picked up with 2 rigs. One 2.5g Drennan Carbi bulk two droppers and 1g Drennan Carbi strung with no8 and 2 no 10 droppers in 10ft of water both on top 4s of my Z8. Decided to be positive so balled in 5 jaffas of frenzied hemp and baitech bream and used a bait dropper to feed over the top. Nice steady day clicked 87 mostly roach with odd perch and pommie running the bulk rig over and topping up when bites tailed off or stamp went small. Hookbait was caster with odd fish coming to hemp and a tare. Strung rig just bleaked out so positive rig best on the day. Nice 5 hours in the sun shine and double figures in the net

Okay, so there might be something to this pole malarkey after all

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I have been fishing for what must be 55+ years, but have never really tried using a pole, so I thought I would give it a go. We have been away for a couple of weeks, so it was the perfect opportunity. I spent about half the time using a 4m Middy Battle Zone whip and a 6m Middy White Knuckle margin pole, (which just allowed me to reach some far bank lilies).
I must admit, that I found plumbing up a lot easier and was fishing much more accurately. Whilst I don't think it will ever become my main means of fishing, or spend thousands on a pole, I can definitely see the advantages. My next step will be a slightly longer pole, I'm thinking of the Preston Edge Monster, not sure whether to go for the 8.5 or 10m.
A question, at what length of pole would you advise using a roller and retainer/sock?

Stop fishing for barbel in the heatwave

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This sounds like good advice, the Severn was like bathwater yesterday evening, and the Barbel did not fight too hard.

But have noticed that matches don't get cancelled and a lot of people will be on the bank anyway.

Hot weather fishing

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how does the scorching weather generally impact fish?

have been fishing Carr Lane pond in Prescot which the last few weeks has been not far off a bite a Chuck small roach and bream on red maggots

yesterday and today though loads of float going under but nothing when struck. Miss after miss after miss. Guessed they were up in the water so steadily came up off the bottom same result

Whenever I tossed maggots in the water it churned like it was full of piranhas so obviously in the area and just not interested. Others nearby seemed to be having the same issue

new to all this so any hot weather tips appreciated

Enjoyable session with my son.

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So today I took my six year old son and ten year old nephew out for a couple of hours on a local lake.
I set them both up on whips, one had a 3 meter, the other a two meter.
Tactics were simple, rugby ball style pole floats, simple strung out shotting fishing corn over loose fed hemp.
They both caught a few roach of a few ounces but my son caught two Crucians literally feet from the bank.
His face was an absolute picture and by the bend in his little two meter whip you would have thought he had hooked a right lump!
A really fun session, nothing complicated tactics wise.
I was dubious about taking both of them together as I thought it may have been too much but they were both quite focused and they both enjoyed themselves.
Here is the slightly bigger Crucian of the day

Rig making board

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Thinking if knocking up a Pole Rig Making Board.
I’ve got a few ideas, but I’d like to pick MD’ers brains on little design tweaks, such as length, markings, pins etc etc…as I’m sure there are plenty on here that have made there own. Pics would be much appreciated 🙂👍🎣

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