A good day in the end

tincatim

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Fancying somewhere new, I set off to Darfield Pit Pond at 7am this morning. I’ve read a bit about the place and it seemed a decent tench water. I arrived to find it empty, and with a pick of the 20 odd pegs. Well, it wasn’t completely empty as there must have been 30 odd geese, swans and ducks scrapping about. Add to that the dog walkers and bird feeders, and it was quite a noisy and busy place.
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The fish didn’t get the message though.

I spent two hours switching between waggler and cage feeder, rotating through three swims. Maggot, corn, pellet, not a bite, liner or any indication that fish might live under the surface! Another chap turned up just after me and experienced the same. He told me that the club had stocked 250kg of skimmers and roach in November. God knows where they went. It was also surprisingly shallow, 3ft was the deepest I could find casting around with a light plummet. I’m sure it doesn’t always fish that hard, so I’ll try again over the summer. But on this occasion, I packed my kit up drove a few miles to my local, Ferryboat Farm.

8D160216-988A-4B4D-9DAF-10434B0E7189.jpeg I was fishing again by 12.10, method with green swimstim/micros and a 6mm wafter on one rod, wag and mag on the other. The feeder line was very quiet, the only fish being a chub of about a 1lb. I fed a waggler line about 20m out and after an hour, out came the float rod. Bites were sloooow, but I managed a few roach. Plenty of fish topping though here, and some big ghosties cruising, warming in the spring sun.
A159D02C-6376-411C-A9EE-97379AF1580F.jpeg The day really picked up when I switched floats and started fishing the margin. I’d been feeding it for an hour and first drop in resulted in a lovely roach. Bites were consistent, and over the next two hours I caught plenty. Around 50 or 60 fish, consisting of roach, Rudd, chub, perch, gudgeon, skimmers and some small crucian looking carp that I don’t think were proper crucians, but more brown goldfish/carp hybrids. No tench in the end, but still managed seven species, so happy with that. A terrible day that improved with time... maybe I should sack off the early mornings until it warms up more?

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tincatim

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I haven’t fished ferryboat since I was about 13-14, only thing I could ever catch were small perch!
It’s a decent little fishery, my go-to place locally for a good mixed bag. Plenty of decent carp up to 20lb, maybe bigger I don’t know, but also lots of silvers.
 
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