Punch, Paste & Grain.
It feels like summer's here, and with the thousand (post-COVID) things to do which are not fishing my last two trips have been about relaxation rather than specimen hunting.
Thankfully, The Killers, BBC Big Weekend, Platinum Jubilee parties and circumnavigating the Isle of Wight on bikes will all be memories come June 16th. Inhale the countryside right now and the scent of ground elder tells you the rivers will soon be open once again. Happy days.
I've been paying visits to the Anker during the close season, not as many as I'd hoped perhaps but enough to keep the old appetite whetted. The swims I finished last season in are now truly unrecognisable in terms of bankside vegetation and weed growth in the river. My compadre Ade has been out and about too and was lucky enough to spot barbel displaying spawning behaviour earlier this spring.
Last nights session was most definitely on still water and after failing to catch a crucian carp in the Riddings crucian pool recently I headed to Wykin Fishing's golf course pools where I know some live.
Armed with only my float rod, some left over groundbait and three baits to try on the hook I fished as close as I dare to the bankside cover. I fed very little (for me) to try and not grab the attention of the Brutus King carp which were boshing about and soaking up the warmth in the upper layers. I rotated through bread punch, sweetcorn and cheese paste as baits in an attempt to determine if the crucians had a favourite... and they did!