Berkel - Borculo
Today I went up to the Berkel to fish with Roger, Theo and Alex. We decided to go downstream of the weir where some tall trees were sheltering the river from the strong winds.
Roger was on peg 1, Theo on 2, Alex on 3, and I dropped in on peg 4. We had a good 25 metres between each peg.
I looked at the peg and thought I would set up the pole at 10.5 m and the waggler for across to the far side - about 20 m.
When I opened the holdall the absent waggler rod automatically changed the tactics to pole only :-(
Rigs for today were a 4x16 (0.5 g) Preston Chianti and a 1 g Inter Carbon. As it turned out I used the Chianti rig all day.
A small string of No. 11 shot and some No. 9s as bulk on 0.11 mm main line will give me a slow fall in the lower half of the water. A 0.09 mm hook-link finished off with a size 16 B512.
I used a top 3 (3.95 m) with a No. 6 yellow slip elastic through the top 2. Depth was about 2.5 metres and the bottom was quite clean.
Bait for today was very simple; Maggots, Casters and Hemp.
I mixed up half a bag of Expo and half a bag of Secret at cupped in 4 balls with some casters at the start. Then I just loose fed Hemp and Casters over the top all day - every couple of minutes.
First run through and I had a small 50 g Roach - good start. The fishing was very good. I had a fish nearly every put in for the 3 hours that I fished.
At first I caught on a single maggot, but later the bigger Roach wanted double caster.
It is fair to say we had a good days fishing, with the float going under most of the day.
I managed to put together 7.1 kg of Roach - 70 fish altogether.
Alex had quite a few small Roach and a nice Tench around 3 lb. Theo put 3.74 Kg on the scales and Roger had 7.28 kg of Roach.
I think we will be back here again very soon!