Boilies: This is the easy part of fishing on a new lake - my syndicate - and that is the Robin Red Chilli Base Mix and my natural attractor package (http://www.haiths.com/haiths-baits/recipes-for-success-by-brian-mills/). However I have been playing around with the package, by adding and removing and lowering some of the inclusion rates of the powders and liquids.
Spomb Mix: This is the exact mix that I explained in my last blog article, see: http://www.haiths.com/haiths-baits/spomb-and-spod-mixes/
Pellets: I’ve been using a mix of the new and unique SuperSoft pellets with great effect and I’ve found that an equal amount of ALL the different SuperSoft pellets gives a great feeding response along with a few halibut and trigga pellets. [Editor: great tip, Brian. Variety being the spice of life and plenty of nutritional signals to keep car guessing].
Marker float: After the first fishing trip this item along with the spomb is more or less made redundant but I always take them with me - I know the spots I want to be fishing and I keep topping them up with bait. If no action is forthcoming or the fish are showing in another part of the lake, I wind in my rods, grab my marker float, and I set off to where the fish are; to try and find out why they are there and then add a little bait to the area in case a) my original fishing spot is taken, or, b) the fish are showing in a different area. (I see very little point in thrashing the water with a marker float or spomb come to that at the start of a short session as there is a good chance that any fish in the area will soon move out).
We all have our favourite rigs, mine is a homemade combi from fluorocarbon and braid fished with the lightest lead possible and fluorocarbon mainline, which I make in the comfort of my own home, and place in a rig wallet. I always carry the equipment with me in case I need to make some changes to the rig.
At the start of the session, I just use boilies and then top up as and when I feel it is required.
Only after I have finished fishing for the day does the spomb rod come out for the spod mix and pellets.
To summarise, these tactics are what I have employed on my last ten trips - lasting no more than five hours per trip – and they have resulted in 23 carp and a few tench, which were two singles, 18 doubles and 3 x 20s, two of which were commons and a single mirror of 21lb 6oz.
You’ll hear again from me soon.
In the meantime, enjoy your short session fishing!
Born to fish