The fishing kit I use

Then there’s the anglers that seem to jump ship all the time still claiming what they’re using is the best, ‘but you said x was the best company last year’!. How can we believe what they say?.

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I’f your like me you question some of these top anglers and the kit they claim to use. It’s funny watching the latest YouTube clip, said angler fishing away endorsing the kit they’ve supposedly been using for ages. Hmmm they’re either very good at keeping it clean or they only get it out for special occasions, looks brand new to me!!. Then there’s the anglers that seem to jump ship all the time still claiming what they’re using is the best, ‘but you said x was the best company last year’!. How can we believe what they say?.

Any way to that end I do get asked about my own kit.

What do I use?

I actually use nothing fancy it has to be fit for what I want it to do and with in my budget (yes unfortunately I do have to pay for my kit and not just grab what I need off the shelf)

I suppose in a nutshell what you find in the shop is in my kit bag or has been at some point, don’t worry I do clean it up before putting back on the shelf LOL.

If you were to take a peek in my rod holdall you’ll find a Middy XM10-2 pole 13mtr. As I fish a lot on rivers I have spare no’4’s and spare no’5’s plus match 16 top kit’s. Fitted with combinations of Middy solid and hollow elastics. There’s also mini butt’s that fit in either the no’5 or 6 section plus one that fits the no’10 or 11 sections. And of course the important cupping kit oh and a flick tip.

What else is in there? a Middy multi length Animal tamer rod which gives me a rod that I can use from 14-18 ft. There’s also an old school Silstar Royal class river feeder rod plus a Silstar Ian Heaps multimesh match rod.

Other than that there’s an umbrella and a few adjustable bank sticks.

In my Carryall you’ll find three reel cases which include two Middy CRX 30 reels. One is for Stick float fishing and one for Waggler fishing, line choice on both these reels is Colmic allround. The third reel is a Colmic Marzel 4000 which I use for feeder and bomb fishing, spooled up with Colmic feeder pro line.

I have a couple of small case’s with various things in them like swivels, scissors, shot pliers, a few spares like pole stonfos. The bigger case holds three different catapults from Middy and various pole pots.

Hook boxes, I like to use good old Stonfo boxes although I do have one Frenzee box. The hooks themselves are nearly all Colmic, these being Hayabusa’s, B2000’s and B900’s, All tied to Colmic Stream line.

For commercial types waters (frenzee box) you’ll find the hooks in there are all Middy patterns tied to Middy Lo Viz line.

Rig trays. In this area there’s a lot of variations of floats, but in a nut shell. My river rigs are tied (main line) using Colmic X5000, Canals Colmic stream, Commercials Middy Lov viz. Shot I really like the new shots and slot shots from Middy as they seem really soft. I also us some small sizes in Colmic to.

Seat Box is a Colmic One box (old model) Colmic attachments. Before this I had a old Danson match box which my son now has, All the attachments on this box are Middy Stargrip.

Landing nets I use a Colmic light tech for the river and canal, coupled to a Colmic Skar K3 Superlight handle. Commercials I use a Middy F1-50 coupled to a Middy White Knuckle handle. Keepnets for all venues are Middy.

Hopefully that gives you a little bit of an insight in to the kit I use in my match fishing.

If you have any questions about what I use then please do not hesitate to ask.

My roving kit is mostly made up using combinations of Kodex and Gardner.

Noise on the bank!

‘I’ve just fished a section with a dozen other anglers smashing the hell out of the frozen surface’

You may know I’ve been fishing the Coventry canal league this winter in some not so great weather conditions.

After a week of snow and freezing temperatures the final round would be held on a frozen canal.

After a hard day I actually won the match over all with not a massive weight but not shy of 3lb.

Putting that to one side the conditions and how myself and other anglers actually caught from the seemingly impossible got me thinking and asking myself questions. How were we able to catch?

After all we hear people saying be quiet on the bank don’t splash feeders etc or you’ll spook fish off.

But hang on surely that has just been proved wrong. I’ve just fished a section with a dozen other anglers smashing the hell out of the frozen surface before fishing!.

Now the ice was a good 3 inch thick and it took most of us a good 45 minutes to break through enough to be able to fish.

The noise under the surface must of been deafening with repeated hammer blows all along the bank.

Swinging an icebreaker about means you can’t really go to far out roughly a top 5 or 6. Don’t forget this is a canal with not much more than 3ft of depth to it.

So hopefully I’m building a mental picture up for you.

So answer me this.

All in is called and after around 20 minutes I’m in to my first fish and I can see the angler to my right starting to catch to. But hadn’t we just spooked every fish off with in a mile of us?.

So are fish more inquisitive than we think, does the noise spook them off for only a short period of time only for them to return to find out what all the noise was?.

I like to think so, and by placing a small plate of food down there for them to find hopefully they’ll hang around.

Noise must play apart in fishing as in keeping it to a minimum. But I do think fish will come and investigate.

Maybe a new noise all day long will push fish away until it stops.

I seem to recall someone saying that they dropped a brick in to margins that spooked the fish but only for the them to return quite quickly to investigate.

Lots to think about and may a few experiments are needed.

Scott

Do you have what it takes?

Can you be Team player in a match fishing team?

Are you a keen match angler?

Can you turn your hand to fishing different venues from commercial to naturals?

Are you a team player?

Does that sound like you?

If so you might fancy joining the ranks of Team Colmic Soar.

What do you have to do? First of all please get in touch with us using the form below giving a bit of information about yourself and your match fishing background. (open to both male & female)

We will then get back in touch with you with more information and invite you along to a team meeting.

Line breaking Strains v Dia

A quick incite to the confusing world of line diameters v breaking strains.

All this talk about diameters, “what about breaking strains i’m confused”!

Lines have come a long way in recent years, which unfortunately has made things a little confusing but it is quite easy to get your head round.

I will go in to this subject in some more depth soon but in the mean time get comfortable with a brew and watch my little incite video in to lines.

2017 Winter League round one

Knowing Id got a few good anglers in my section with Rob Perkins in p5 it could be a tight one.

It only seems like five minutes ago since we entered our first winter league back in 2016, I say we I actually mean team Colmic Soar.

2017 see’s us a lot more settled and with some new team members we’re hungry for results.

So having spent the last twelve months learning more about fishing the pole on rivers, canals and commercials. I’m a lot more confident in the whole aspect of pole fishing. After filling in for a team member on the Frazley canal teams of four in September and doing quite well in my section now is the real test on the river ‘Soar winter league against some of the best in the country’.

As with the rest of the team I’ve put in weeks of prep making and fine tuning rigs to cover a wide range of water conditions. As well as tying plenty of hooks in a range of sizes and patterns to suit a range of baits and possible fish sizes. All my kit was checked and double checked making sure rods reels my pole and nets etc were all in good working order.

The morning of October 1st soon came round and after a down pour of rain a few days before the river should be in good form all though the much wanted colour never came and the river was still gin clear. With all ten team members booked in we had a fairly good draw and it was off to our respective pegs and sections.

I had drawn p7 on Mountsorrels Waterside section. An end peg known as the boat swim, due to a large house boat moored there. As the draw was actually at the Waterside Id not far to go to get to my peg which was great, no loading of the barrow and humping kit across fields.

There was a boat moored up against the house boat which I could reach with 11 mtr. Great a long line across to the boat plus a line at round 10 mtr and one at 5 mtr line to hand. I couldn’t really see a bomb line and there wasn’t really any need to set up a waggler line as I could reach what I needed with the pole.

With a plan of fishing groundbait caster and hemp at 11mtr’s I would see what the boat traffic was like on the 10 mtr line as this line would be on the edge of the boat track. My 5 mtr line would be a mixture of maggot caster and worm as there was a clump of streamer weed just down the peg, fingers crossed it would hold a few bonus perch. There was only 1/2 hour left to set up when the people that owned the boat across from me suddenly up’d sticks and headed off for the day. Hmmm ok that’s changed things a little, with all the disturbance I’d leave this line alone for at least an hour for it to settle before adding any bait.

The all in was called at 11am, my first line would be on my 5 mtr line. Cupping a mix of bronze maggot and hemp I fished over this using a 0.75 Colmic Dudda float with strung out no’10 slot shot. Inching the rig through it wasn’t long before the first fish was in the net, a huge bleak!. This line started to come a live with some good fish coming to the net. Swoping between red and bronze maggot I put together a good run of perch the one bonus fish I was after, a try on the caster brought a good sized skimmer and things slowed off a little. With the big perch about may be the fish had backed off a little time to rest this line but not before a cup of bronze maggots was carefully cupped in the swim.

Reaching for the long pole line I cupped in 12 balls of groundbait which was a mix of Van Den Eynde River ace and Super crack Roach, plus a few casters.

A 1 gr Colmic Liri was my rig of choice running the float though with a caster on the hook I pick off a few roach but nothing really worth the effort.

A quick check back on at 5 mtr and I was back in to perch straight away, there must be some big un’s in here somewhere. So a change of bait and hook was in order, off came a size 18 and on went a Hayabusa 157 size 14 wide gape hook prefect for a lobby tail. Using the same float I added on an extra float length of depth and out the rig went. ‘Bang fish on’ first monster perch!

I managed to but a few of this big perch in the net before loosing one in the weed! With time getting on and about 1 hour to go I knew Id put a good weight of fish together so thought a quick experiment was an idea. With about 1/2 a kilo of groundbait in the bucket I balled my 10mtr line, this being a tactic that can bring instant results or completely kill your swim so use with caution. First run through resulted in a small roach, a few more followed but as with the 11mtr line nothing to really shout about. Back to the 5 mtr line and a small perch with only a few minutes to go a frantic re-bait of the hook and back out but nothing before time was called.

Knowing Id got a few good anglers in my section with Rob Perkins in p5 and Nathan Hughes a bit further up river, it could be a tight one. I will have to wait for the scales to come. Being p7 I was the first to be weighed in with 5kilo 150g wow nice! then to my surprise the next few pegs where all around 2kilo. ‘Might of got this one in the bag’ only to be pipped to a section win by 5kilo 350g, dam it ill beat you next time Ross!

As a team we did really well with a section win for team member John Lock at Kegworth, an impressive 6 kilo bag. The rest of the team did their bit and backed up our weights with some amazing results. With a total of 41 points we finished 4th over all, roll on round two!.

Littlemans first match

A few of you will know that my 5 year old son Leon aka littleman has been on the bank with me for a few years now. And that it wasn’t that long ago that he pinched my new pole and set about bagging up on a local water.

A few trips up to Springwood fishery and he’s starting to get the hang of pole fishing, catching carp Ide Rudd and Roach. One afternoon a rough tally up would of seen him putting 20 odd pound in the net (no keepnets unless in a match) which ain’t bad for a 5 year old.

One Sunday I was booked in on a match up at Springwood with a few of my team mates from Colmic. After a chat with the lads we thought if he wanted to Leon could fish the match instead of me.

Thankfully we managed to get him off to bed early with an early start and long day ahead.

Up early we loaded up and headed off to Springwood for breakfast, paid our pools, peg fees and Leon drew his first peg.

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While I set his kit up he pottered round to give the competition a few words that he was going to beat them especially Charlie. I have to say it’s great to see others talking to him, helping him on.

Time was called and it wasn’t long before Leon was in to his first fish of the day with a nice Carp gracing the rim of the landing net. A few Ide followed which he correctly placed in the silvers net. The day went on with Carp Ide and Roach before it went quite for a while.

A try in the margin with meat saw a nice Carp which but up a great scrap, a few missed bites followed and Leon was starting to get tired after all the excitement.

“Dad and going to have a sit down with a cup of Tea, you can have ago now”.

At the final whistle Leon weighed in a fantastic 17lb even after a few lost fish.

I have to say a massive thank you to Iain and Jen up at Springwood fisheries for making us so welcome on Leon’s first ever match.

Want to know more about getting your kids in to fishing, please just ask, i’m in the shop most days of the week for a chat. Or have a look at www.getfishing.org.uk 

Enjoy your fishing

Scott & Leon

 

Loading that spool

Ever loaded a reel with line by sticking a pencil through the middle.

Loading a reel spool couldn’t be easier or could it!.

I needed to spool some nice new line on to one of my float fishing reels. My line of choice is Colmic Allround. Coupled with great strength to diameter this line sits beautifully on the water’s surface prefect for stick float fishing.

So where do I start? My spool is my first port of call for help. Printed on the side is an approximate line capacity denoted by the line diameter to meters.

On your spool you may find the above denoted in lbs and yards or kg and meters. This is still useful information on how much line we’re going to need to fill said spool correctly. I now know that I will need approx 150 mtr of .12mm dia line or 90 mtr of .20mm to correctly fill the spool. The line I have chosen is as near as dam it .19mm on a 300 mtr spool so I’ll have plenty to fill at least two spools correctly.

Items needed to do the job.

  • Small bucket, tub or bowl that a spool of line will fit in.
  • Scissors or line clips
  • Marker pen
  • Bottom rod section
  • Reel and new spool of line.
  • Cuppa tea or Coffee

What next then? This is the important bit really that is so easy but even easier to get wrong. Ever loaded a reel with line by sticking a pencil through the middle and getting someone to hold the pencil while you whiz the reel handle round so fast it’s as if your trying to beat some world reel spinning record. Or better still done much the same with the line spool on the floor watching it shoot round the lounge like a mad puppy?. Ever wondered why you always get the line springing off your reel in a big birds nest. The above could be part of the problem.

Your fixed spool reel will rotate anti clockwise to wind line on, looking at you nice new spool of line with the label up a most. Picking up the loose end of the line you will notice it will either come off the spool in a clockwise or anti clockwise motion.

As our reel rotates anti clockwise we must have the new line coming off the spool in the same direction. Part of the problem comes if you have the reel is going anti clockwise and the new line is coming off clockwise, this creates line twist.

Having looked at my new spool you can see that the line comes off the spool anti clockwise with the label up a most.

Using the bottom section of your rod fix your reel to the reel seat then pass the end of you new line through the rings. I like to remove the spool from my reel to tie the line on as it makes things that bit easier. There are special knots for doing this but rightly or wrongly I just use a basic granny knot, I also like to pull the line in to one of the groves (if your spool has them) cut the tag end off. 

Lifting the bail arm you’ll be able to put the reel spool back on the reel.

Using a small bucket or even a bowl that the new spool of line will fit in. Add a small amount of water then place the spool of line in the bucket / bowl making sure it is the right way up for the line to come off anti clockwise. Water ideally wants to come 1/4 of the way up the spool.

Trapping the butt of the rod under your arm use your left hand to gently trap the line between you finger and the rod blank, this will add a slight tension to the line. Slowly at a constant speed start to wind the reel handle to reel line on to the spool. It is quite important to use a slow constant wind. A fast wind will only end up in a jerky wind, causing the line to snatch back and forth. The water is there to help stop friction caused by trapping the line with your fingers.

You are looking to fill the line just below the top lip of the spool.

When you’ve got your spool filled you can use the line clip on the spool (if fitted) to trap the line when not in use. Cut the line just above the clip.

I always make a note of the line size that I’ve just added to the inside of the spool rim.

Sorted.