I decided to take a radical turn in my fishing and bought a pair of Radical Old School 2 1.75lb TC rods and Radical Heat free-spool reels, these I set up on a pair of bite alarms and set off firstly to Wadmill Lake at Todber Manor Fishery.
I set up between the second and third island and ran a couple of 30g inline method feeders onto the 8lb mainline and terminated both rods with size 12 Guru QM1's on 0.20 Hybrid mono. Feed was a 50/50 mix of 2mm and 4mm pellet softened the night before and moulded around the feeders with 8-10mm boilies as hookbaits.
I caught steadily and had a great day as an old fried Deano Watts had descended onto the venue with a few of his friends for a friendly day session. Banter and brews were flowing well all day and I managed to catch 10 Carp to around 14lb (including the 'Lemon')
and a couple of bream to 6lb 10oz. Deano and co. managed 8 between the 4 of them but we all had a good laugh plus I ran to the swims (so got the flyer) at the start of the day as I roughly knew where the fish would be.
About a week later I was back down Todber, this time for an overnighter ( got my bed chair back out of storage), I got to the lake at around 4pm and moved to the opposite side of the lake from where I was the week before due to the 20mph northerly winds and already near freezing temperatures. Again I set up the two rods on method feeders with softened pellet feed and boilie hookbaits, this time I had upped my mainline to 12lb to try and let it sink more and also added a couple of feet of leadcore above both of the feeders. In hindsight I would have been better off leaving one rod alone to see if there was a difference in catch rate, but hindsight and that. Hook lengths had also changed to 15lb braid and a size 10 curve shanked hook as I had managed to bend a QM 1 the week before.
The evening started well and whilst waiting to move into the peg I really wanted I managed to mug a couple of quick fish, once the day shift had packed up I moved into the hot area out of the increasing wind and settled in for the night. It was largely quiet, and I only managed 8 carp (1 at 3am!!). But in my defence the air temp did go down to -4.5oC and the water temp dropped a couple of degrees through the night. Hard work payed off though and if I dropped the feeder in front of a fish it would usually rattle off quite quickly.
|Sunset over Wadmill|
|The Robin did not go hungry!!|
|Looking for a last gasp carp|