Late October, and overnight temperatures dropped close to freezing at times. Together with the clear water conditions (due to the summer algae dying off) this slowed the fishing down for a while, with the roach in particular seeming to disappear.
North winds made it feel cold. You have to sit still when you’re waiting for a bite and I’ve been advising people to wear more layers than they would just going for a walk. Get the clothing issue sorted and it’s a great time to be out and about:
Ryan and Tyler came for a lesson and caught fish on three different methods – whip, waggler and method feeder. On the whip they mostly caught perch:
Waggler fishing is a good way of improving casting and tackle control skills. It demands concentration and application:
Just a few hard-earned roach turned up on this method:
Towards the end we got the method feeder rod out and this quickly paid off with a 3lb 13oz bream for Tyler:
Not to be outdone, Ryan caught another of a similar size. Bream are shoal fish so it’s quite common to catch a few at a time:
Sport gradually picked up over the next few days as the fish apparently became accustomed to the colder conditions. Suzanne and Noah had quite a busy session with perch and roach. Here is Suzanne with a 12oz perch.