I went to our clubs new lake today, mainly to shoot some footage for the glossary, but I did fish for an hour or so. I managed to cut my finger within minutes of starting which annoyed the hell out of me, but I always have some plasters in my box. So with my finger patched up, I began to fish.
I had some maggots in the freezer left over from a trip some time ago, ideal for a catch anything short session. I loose fed a fairly generous amount of the now thawed dead maggots in two swims, one to my left and one to my right. Literally within two minutes I had my fist fish, a little Tench of 11oz from the left swim on a waggler. But it was a one off, nothing else for a good 15 minutes.
I had set-up my quiver tip rod to film the tip indicating a bite, which I hadn’t done yet. So I cast to the right hand swim and just like before I had another Tench within minutes. After feeding both swims I cast again to the right, a few minutes wait saw another fish, then another and another, which was handy as I got all the tip footage I needed.
Interestingly the left swim only ever yielded the one Tench, but in the right swim fish after fish. It’s a well know tactic to fish more than one swim, but I must say the difference between the two was striking. I caught most of the fish on a paternoster rig with my quiver tip, I’m sure the float would have been as good, but I needed to film the tip. Despite the sore finger, an hour catching a dozen fish with simple methods was a real pleasure, I will have to go again.