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.

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

 

The art of the river angler

But the rivers are dead now or are they? or is it more we just don’t know how to fish them in these modern times.

We may never see the glory day’s of anglers lining the banks of the river’s up and the country in 100 + peg matches week in week out. World championships held on the Trent embankment in Nottingham, drawing huge crowds to watch top anglers at their best. I even recall matches covering both banks on the Trent and river Soar on more than a few weekends.

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But the rivers are dead now or are they? or is it more we just don’t know how to fish them in these modern times.

Anglers are slowly drifting back on to the river banks, but why?. Is it because clubs are trying to make access better, I’ve come across some parts of the Trent that has better access than some commercials with pegs that you can now park behind. Or is it the weights that are coming out, the 2016 Soar Valley winter league you had to be well in to double figures to get anywhere. Not to mention the treble figure weights yes that’s right well over 100lb, but the rivers are dead aren’t they!

So where do I start, what tickets do I need?

If your relatively new to river fishing then i’d suggest starting on the river Soar rather than the Trent. Access is pretty good in a number of areas and there is a good variation of sections from slow deep runs to fast shallow runs that will test your skills.

Much of the Soar is club controlled, as a rough guide starting from the Trent area Ratcliffe on Soar through to Kegworth is controlled by Long Eaton Federation, Kegworth to Kegworth Deep locks is controlled by Long Eaton Victoria. Kegworth Deep locks to Sutton Bonington playing fields is controlled by Loughborough Soar AS. Zouch canal (tow path) to Barrow upon Soar Osier beds is mostly controlled by Loughborough Soar AS. Barrow through to Birstall on the outskirts of Leicester is mostly controlled by Leic’s & District Amalgamation. Find out more

Can I get away with using my commercial match gear? of course you can. Your pole floats and set ups will be different and you’ll more than likely need to size down your elastics to a solid 4-6. A lot of commercial rods tend to be between 9 and 10ft which are a little to short for river fishing but that doesn’t mean they are completely useless.

By far the quickest and easiest way in to river fishing from commercials is with the pole. As mentioned above scaling down your elastics and a few running water pole rigs, don’t forget the pole feeder and your sorted.

Want to know more? why not pop in to our Kegworth shop for a brew and a chat or you could throw your self in at the deep end and join us on some of our river Soar open matches.

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.