We are well into March now and I wanted to check the condition of the stock to see if the fish had wintered well, so I decided to dust the rods off and enjoy an afternoon in the summer like sun.
I decided to fish the end swim as this had seen no introduction of bait by me in the past weeks. I wanted to keep away from where I had been recently winter feeding. This may seem a strange decision but my thinking behind this was simple; one I didn’t want it to be too easy and two, I wanted to see how much the fish were moving around the lake.
I cast out 2 rods baited with the ever reliable Baitcraft T1 boilie and around 50-100 free offerings per rod. Only one hour and 20 minutes passed before I was into my first fish and it certainly had read the script… it powered off like a train!
It was roughly 20 minutes before I slipped the net under her and was able to inspect the condition of my quarry. It was an original, old fish but she looked in great shape and was certainly full of energy and slightly up in weight by a couple of pounds from when I last caught her at the start of last year. So a good sign that the winter feeding programme is doing its job.
Here’s a short video clip of the capture… sorry no sound though;)