Mussel Canal, Mussel
Today we were all together and heading north to the Mussel Canal.
We picked Theo up at 7 o'clock and headed up the motorway for about 130 km.
I have never been here before and was unsure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised.
It is a lovely looking venue, and if there are fish in it we were in for a treat. I set up three rigs, two on the pole and a waggler rod.
I used a 1 g Drennan Carbo with strung out 11s below the olivette and a 1 g Drennan G-Tip 2 with two No. 10 droppers below the olivette.
A 3AAA Drennan insert peacock waggler, 3 lb Maxima main line, 0.10 mm Reflo Power bottom, size 18 B520, three 8s as bulk and a No. 8 and No. 10 droppers completed the waggler setup.
It wasn't long before we were all ready and the traditional Dutch groundbait bombardment could begin.
I balled in seven Jaffa-sized balls at 10.5 metres at the bottom of a small ledge. The groundbait was two 1 kg bags of Zammataro, a bag of Roach & Skimmer Black mixed with a bag of Canal.
I put a large handful of casters, a large handful of chopped worms and a few grains of sweetcorn into the mix.
At the start, I picked up the waggler rod and started feeding hemp and casters across to the far side - just short of the lily pads in about 1.5 metres of water.
I had my first fish on my second cast and then a bite a cast from then on. Feeding hemp and casters every cast soon had them lined up.
I was catching Gusta, Roach and really nice Rudd - these fish have never seen a hook before! I fished on the waggler nearly all the time, and only when I foolishly snapped-off on my pole rest, did I swap to the pole.
My heart wasn't into pole fishing today as I was having so much fun on the waggler - I'd forget how great waggler fishing is!
Theo put together almost 2 Kg of fish including a nice Gusta.
I managed 3 kg on the waggler and didn't really fish much for the last hour after losing my rig.
Roger had a lot of small fish towards the end of the day fishing 5 metres to hand and put 3.2 kg on the scales - well done mate!
I think a 4-5 metres to hand rig and a waggler would be devastating in a match - the long pole is just too slow and there are not many Bream to be caught. I will be back here in a few weeks for another go at these waggler Roach, Rudd and Gusta.