we arrived at the lake Steve was ready to take our tackle down to the
swim for us with his quad bike, excellent service. We decided to fish
the middle swim giving access to the whole lake and all rods would be
cast to the opposite bank. On sessions like this we always take it in
turns to take control of all the rods and we swap over after each fish.
We fished two rods with leeches one rod with lobworm and the last rod
with my fishy fishmeal boilies and then waited for the first take.
The weather had been really hot and sunny during the day and the warm
evening was perfect for the cats to feed. Just after 10pm the worm rod
was away with a powerful take and the first cat was on! At this point
you remember just what it is that keeps you in search of this awesome
fish - that hard powerfull fight. After several fierce runs the cat was
plodding around under the rod tip but still hugging the bottom and refusing
to give up, then suddenly off again out to the middle where it surfaced
for the first time only to dive down again into the murky depths. After
what seemed like several minutes the fish was ready for the net and the
battle was won. After lifting the net onto the unhooking mat it was evident
that this catfish was over 20lb so a quick check with the scales revealed
the fish to be just over 22lb, not bad.
the rod baited and placed in the same spot it was now Glen in charge,
ready for the next fish. After 20 mins the same rod was away again but
the bait was dropped just as Glen hit the rod! A quick bait up and out
the rod went again to the same spot. 30 mins later the rod was off again
but this time the cat was hooked. Glen had the rod bent to its limits
trying to stop the fish from entering the tree roots on the far bank,
all he could do was hold the spool and walk back. The fish was soon away
from the snags and in open water powering around the swim unfortunately
picking up one of the other lines. I reeled in the other rods to give
Glen some more space as this was obviously going to be a PB for him. Soon
the fish was in the net and ready to be weighed. 25lb smashing glens PB
rest of the night was pretty quiet but as the daylight broke to signal
the dawn of a new day the leech rod was away with a take that was so violent
the rod was somehow pulled off the bite alarm. I leapt from the sleeping
bag and grabbed the rod only to find the fish had gone! I reeled in to
inspect the rig but could find nothing wrong so out it went again to the
same spot, ready and waiting. As the sun began to shine on the water the
perch decided it was time to start attacking the lobworms so, the worms
where replaced with a leech.
had not had a sniff of action from the carp and soon the reason became
apparent when we looked up to the shallows and the water was covered in
white froth and the reeds where bending and twitching all over the place.
This could only lead to one answer, spawning! We decided to leave one
rod out for the carp just incase one fancied a snack and kept the other
three rods all baited with leeches. We didnt have to wait long before
a hungry cat decided to have a go at a leech. The bite alarm screemed
off and line peeled off the spool at lightning speed as the cat headed
for the over hanging trees on the far bank. All i could do was grab hold
of the spool, hang on and try to pull the fish away from the sactuary
of the trees. The plan worked and after a five minute battle the cat was
in the net. 24lb of pussy sliding around in my arms in front of the camera
was the reward!
minutes after the last cat was put safely back the boilie rod was away
so Glen grabbed the rod with the anticipation of maybe catching his first
20lb carp. Unfortunately not much of a fight was had and a 3lb tench was
in the net. Ten minutes later one of the cat rods was signalling a take
and as Glen was by the rod he grabbed it and pulled into a powerful fish
but as soon as he connected the fish had taken enough line to get under
the tree and then all went slack. A few seconds later the leech rig popped
up to the surface.
more cat action was had but i did manage to land a 6lb tench just before
the England game started! An excellent trip with loads of action and all
thanks to the power of leeches, give them a go and see for yourself how
good they are.