Work had scuppered my plan to fish every 2 weeks of the closed season, so my aim was to catch 30lb of fish from this trip to Marsh Farm, 10lb for each week since I last fished. Fishing match tactics (but with a centerpin), 3.5lb line, size 16 hook, maggots for bait, targeting the tench and bream, and who knows perhaps even a crucian.
I was soon in to the skimmers and a tench early on signaled it was going to be a good day! I built a big shoal of fish infront of me and they stayed there all day. The wind was a pain, but back-shotting the float helped with presentation and soon it was non-stop action.
One fish I'd never caught before was a crucian and I was worried I might miss their legendary micro-bites, but the first one ripped the float under and I'd got one. My first crucian 1lb 12oz
, the icing on the cake!
The next crucian did take very delicately, but once I got my eye in I was more confident with hitting the bites. I had a total of 14 crucians throughout the day and upped my new PB to 2lb 9oz
, a beautiful fish.
I came close to cracking my five plus tench target, loosing a fish about 6lb at the net, but that will have to wait for next time. I really can't complain when you see the lists below...
, 3-10, 3-9, 2-10, 3-9, 1-10 (yes, I weighed them all), 3-0, 2-4, 1-10, 3-3, 3-0, 3-2, 2-6, 3-7, 2-3, 1-15, 3-7, 3-12, 2-5, 3-1, 2-4, 2-11
22 for 62lb 10oz
1-12, 1-2, 0-15, 1-6, 0-10, 1-4, 1-11, 1-11, 1-5, 2lb 9oz
, 1-9, 1-3, 1-6, 1-0
14 for 19lb 7oz
2-6, 3lb 6oz
, 2-14, 3-4
4 for 11lb 14oz
Biggest bream was 1lb 10oz
, with most between 6-10oz, the best roach was about 10oz with several others around the 8oz mark and a bunch of small ones. About 10lb of silvers and skimmers, perhaps a bit more.
All in it was a 100lb day, brilliant stuff! I was absolutely over the moon (and a bit knackered)... Can't wait to go back... Got my sights set on a three pound crucian!
I'm a tench fan... These fish fight.
My first ever crucian... Love at first sight!
First carp of the day.
Smallest of the bunch - but still fantastic!
The biggest bream at 1lb 10oz.
Not the biggest roach, but they kept me busy.
The biggest carp of the day.
Person best crucian 2lb 9oz
, what a start!