I had planned on going fishing with an old friend today, but he now has family commitments this weekend, and as I have a family day next Sunday, we will not be fishing together until after Christmas.
Roger and Theo have their Christmas fishing match with their local club, which I am sure Roger will write about on the einfachstippen.de site.
So I have made my way to the Wessem-Nederweert Canal, just past the Napoleonsbrug. The weather is going to be nice today, so I am hoping for a few fish.
As always, nothing complicated today, and just one line at 11 metres.
The depth at 11 m is 2.9 m, and I am using a 1 g Drennan Carbo float to fish just touching bottom at the start. Only one rig set up today - I just want a few fish.
I did not find any shelves or indentations on the bottom; it is a fairly flat bottom here.
I have maggots, pinkies, casters and Dendrobaena worms with me today. Groundbait is dark and mixed to break up on the bottom keeping the fish on the deck.
The water is very cold so I will not be overdoing it with the feed. The chopped Dendrobaena worms should get the fish in a feeding mood – and get me some bites.
We all have to spend time preparing our kit and making up rigs for fishing. Here is my fishing room where I spend time making rigs and pondering tactics for the next fishing trip.
I am going to feed chopped Dendrobaena worm and casters in two balls of groundbait via the pole cup.
I started on a single maggot, then tried pinkies, then caster, and then a small piece of worm – nothing was working.
I changed depth, just touching, 5 cm on bottom, 15 cm on bottom – I just could not get a bite.
I cupped in a full cup of fine loose groundbait, put a single maggot on the hook and promptly missed a bite – at least now I know there is a fish here.
I need to ask Preston to print the words on the roller the right way round ;-)
I had the float dotted down, and went down to a size 22 hook – still nothing.
Time was running out and I need a fish, I want to avoid a blank – not had one so far since re-starting pole fishing.
I have often caught Perch after cupping in a few maggots, so decided to give it a go. I have had a bite, so there are fish here.
I think the Perch see all the maggots and try to eat as many as possible before they are all gone.
I held the cup 2 m above the water and dropped in the maggots on the 11 m line. The noise might help.
Amazing! A couple of minutes later and this stripey has saved the day! He put up a good fight too.
There is no denying it, today was the hardest fishing so far. Thankfully, the Perch saved the day and I can go home without a blank on the card.
There is always a risk when trying a new part of the canal – but it could have been really good too. As they say, no risk, no reward.
Next time I will fish a harbour full of Roach! Roger, where is it?
Until next time, Tight Lines,