Its safe to say its been a wet and windy passed week or two with winds in excess of 50mph and a months worth of rain dropping in one day at times its all our local rivers carrying some excess water and colour. This can be a blessing and a curse for some rivers, some go into flood and the fishing can be hit hard while on other larger and slower rivers the extra water can add that much needed colour and pace and the fish really come on too the feed. Picking the correct venue for the conditions is always essential.
The river weaver was our venue for the session and I decided as soon as I saw the conditions and the colour it would be a session fishing the feeder. The tackle for the session was my 12ft Drennan Match Pro Feeder rod coupled with a 3000 Korum Axis Reel loaded with 6lb line. At the business end I had a Dinsmores 25 gram open feeder on a running loop down to a 3lb hook link and a size 12 kamasan hook.
Bait choice on the session for me comes down to how I feel the fish are feeding in to given conditions and the numbers of fish in the venue. Fish in clear water I feel are feeding primarily on sight so loose feeding maggots and hemp can be really effective with the fish reacting to the noise of the bait hitting the surface and then also being attracted in by the fall of the feed in the water column. When the river is heavily coloured the fish I believe are feeding on smell and are using this sense to find food so as such I choose a really smelly ground bait, on this session it was Bait tech’s Pro Natural Bream mix
Once I have the fish tuned onto the smell of the bait and on that trail of smell being washed down the river my next thought is holding the fish in the swim and this is where the quality hemp seed form Cheshire Particle comes into my plan. The venue has a good head od bream and silvers in the system so when them fish arrive in the swim I want to keep them and hold them in the swim for as long as possible and there is no finer bait than hemp seed for this, its quite simply the best fish holding bait there is. This in conjunction with red maggot on the hook proved to be deadly on the day. Starting the session off with 10 quick 2 minute casts to build a bed of feed on the bottom on the next cast I settled in and waited for the first bite of the session.
A few sharp plucks on the tip alerted me to the arrival of fish into the swim and it didn’t take too long for the tip to slowly pull round and the first skimmer of the session was in the net. A huge confidence boosting fish is the first fish of the session and one that really gets me excited for the session ahead. The motto “if I can catch one I catch more” really does resonate in your thoughts. It didn’t take long before skimmer bream like the one below were coming regular to the net and the swim was really beginning to build nicely.
Skimmers of this size around the pound mark really do soon add weight to the net but it is essential to remain accurate with your casting when on the feeder and on the session I utilised the clip on the reel to ensure I was casting the same distance every time, lined up with a far bank feature all I had to concentrate on was casting in its direction and hitting the clip. The bites coming quickly after casting a mixture of roach and bream began to come regular culminating in this lovely bronze bream. Proper bream pic During the session the wind and the rain did really come in and it certainly was the right choice on the day to fish the feeder. The combination of the ground bait, hemp and maggot on the hook kept the bites coming all session and packing in at the end I had put together a good bag of bream and roach that bottomed out my 40lb scales, a fantastic days fishing
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this article and feel free to check out my weekly fishing videos on my youtube channel that go live 6 pm every Friday to see the fantastic Cheshire particle hemp in action.
Until next time Tight lies
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