Strange isn't it, last summer my son and I went to Pembroke and fished some ponds. It was my first time fishing in 10 yrs and my sons first time. Using 6lb line, size 14 hooks and wagglers (with 3 inches above water level) we caught loads. Carp, Perch, roach and a rudd came out by the bag full in all different sizes. Not much loose feed needed either.
When we got back to the NE, with my son well and truly 'hooked' we joined WACAC (local club) and used the same tactics and blanked several times. I posted on the WACAC message board and asked for advice. We were advised to use 2-2.5lb line with a 1.5lb bottom line, size 20 to 22 hooks and to shot so that only a minute bit of float shows. We were told to 'feed' 6 maggots as loose bait every minute or so.
What a difference, we started to catch. What causes this, water temperature or are Geordie fish just shy? (unlike the lasses )