5 October 2018
I managed a few of days in the North of Holland with Theo, Roger, Nico and Marco on two small canals and caught plenty of fish.
First we fished on the Beukers Canal near Steenwijk, a lovely little canal with plenty of colour in the water.
The bank behind us had plenty of room for un-shipping the pole and we could park the car right behind us. It doesn't get much better than this.
I decided just to fish the pole at 11.5 m where I had about 3.2 m depth with no noticeable changes in depth after 10 m.
There was no appreciable flow on the canal - if anything a very slight pull to the left - so I set up a 1.5 g DH13 rig and a 1 g Inter Carbon rig, both with carbon stems.
A Kamasan B611 size 16 on the lighter rig and a B711 15 on the heavier rig. I had a No. 8 Preston Slip elastic through 2 sections (2.4 m) on the heavier rig and a No. 6 elastic through 1 section (1.2 m) on the lighter rig.
I mixed up a kg of VDE Expo with a kg of Zammataro Roach and Skimmer Natur and added some hemp, chopped worms and casters. At the start, I cupped-in 5 balls and started on the lighter rig. Bites came more-or-less straight away from small Roach and Skimmers.
I caught fairly steady throughout the day, occasionally topping up with small balls of groundbait and loose feeding casters and hemp over the top throughout the day.
A nice surprise in the way of a 4 lb Tench came along after a few hours, but other than that it was just small Skimmers and Roach.
6 & 7 October
For the next 2 days we fished on the Warkumer Trekveart.
We were at the canal fairly early and began to set up. I was on the left end peg next to Theo and then Roger. There was a good distance between all the pegs.
The conditions look good for today, with not much wind and a bit overcast. The Bream should be feeding if they are in our area.
I set up a waggler rig and a pole rig. The waggler was a 4 AAA Drennan peacock waggler on 3 lb main line. A 0.10 mm Preston Reflo Power bottom, size 18 B611 hook connected to the main line via a swivel, and a few No. 8 droppers on the line completed the rig.
Plenty of groundbait was made up, full of casters and chopped worm. I cupped-in 7 balls at 11.5 m, and also put 3 balls out on the waggler line at about 20 m. Groundbait was a mix of Zammataro Roach & Skimmer Natur and VDE Expo.
I started on the waggler and had a fish within 10 minutes - a small Skimmer. Bites came fairly steady and I was putting a good weight together.
I switched to the pole every now and again, but I was catching fish much quicker on the waggler line.
Unfortunately, I hooked a very big fish on the waggler just as a large yacht was going through. It snagged the line and I lost the fish and the rig. I couldn't see the boat coming through the tall reeds.
This is a great venue full of fish, and I'm looking forward to fishing here again next year.