Blog Posts by Shane Billings
72 hour session for carp and catfish at Home Farm Fisheries
72 hour session for carp
and catfish at Home Farm Fisheries
After loads of sorting and preparation of tackle and rigs etc it was finally time to make our way to Home Farm Fisheries at
Alsager for a pre booked 72hr session, (hadn't slept for the previous few
nights, I was so excited!!!) The weather forecast was good for the 3 days so
even more impressed and hopeful that a warm spell would bring the cats on the
feed due to the high pressure.
Me and the wife arrived at 9.30am on Monday 26th March and Paul Pass the Manager showed us to our peg then left us to unpack and set everything up etc so we got to it! I was finally fishing by 11.30am.The sun was already beating down and the sun tan lotion was out!!!
I had around 15kg of Chapel Baits goodies as I wanted to give them a run for their money and try various methods with them, these were 14mm plum and black pepper,14mm fruit burst, greedy cat halibut (boilies),as well as 3 bags of blood n worm groundbait, 4kg of parti mix to which I had added a little something to give it a tweak, I also had the glugs to match the baits that I was using, lobworms and luncheon meat.
3 rods on the go I was hoping to be kept busy and I wasn't to be disappointed!!!!!
Looking out from the peg to my left was a willow
tree, straight in front an island & to my right a bed of reeds about 30ft out
from the bank in open water and also to the right was a channel about 20ft long
leading into a quiet backwater off the main pool.
I decided to set my rods up as follows:
1 cast to my left, Rod 2 cast to the island in front of us and rod 3 to the
reeds on my right to start off.
Rod 1 set up with 18lb mainline onto a 2ft silt
leader, onto which a helicopter rig consisting of a 1.5oz pear shaped lead with
an 8" hook length and a size 6 barbless hook, to which I was using a
halibut boilie, this I cast to the left of the island.
Rod 2 same set up but with a big run ring and a
1oz lead, 8" hook length with a fruit burst bottom bait with a 14mm pop up
which was cast straight in front of me to the point of the island.
Rod 3 fishing a short chod rig with a single 14mm
plum and black pepper boilie which was cast toward the reed bed in to open
Over the next 2-3 hrs I had put in approx 1kg of
halibut over rod 1, 1kg of fruit burst over rod 2 and 2kg of parti mix and a handful of plum and black pepper boilies over rod 3, (I'd also
already crushed a kg of each boilie ready to use in PVA bags) I started having
line bite indications on each rod which showed the fish were moving in!
I bought the rods in after a while and recast, using
a PVA bag on each one and settled back to wait and enjoy the sunshine.
3.40pm rod 1.....screaming run but never connected damn! At least things were moving though. At that it was time for a drink and some food and a bit of relaxation after the early get up!!!
At 6.10pm rod 2 produced a nice common of 3lb.
6.20 screaming run on rod 1……….big fish, maybe a cat but it got off!
7.20 rod 2 common 8lb 2oz
11pm rod 3 mirror 4lb
At least some results, especially as it dropped
really cold once the sun went down. Got in the bivvy & got our heads down
Up at 6am and re-baited all swims with another kg over each.
6.50 rod 2 Wels catfish 26lb 5oz, went straight for the reeds and put up a good scrap but after 15 mins it was mine !
cats caught that night/morning, mine was the biggest out so far this season I
was well happy!
10.50am rod 1 common 8lb
10.55am rod 3 common 6lb 9oz
12.20pm rod 3 common 10lb 3oz
12.45pm rod 3 bream 2lb
2.35pm rod 3 mirror 3lb
very quiet now due to the heat, could see large numbers of carp basking but
they weren't feeding! Bought rod 1 in and set up a zig rig with a 14mm fruit
burst pop up fished approx 7" under the surface, all stayed quiet for the
next 3hrs,( no one was catching, temp was 22 degrees!)
5.40pm rod 1 common 3lb 12oz........the zig rig worked!
6.15pm rod 2 common 8lb 1oz
6.20pm rod 3 bream 1lb8oz
rod 1 common 2lb, before re casting rod 1 I changed back to helicopter rig only this
time hook bait was 1x fruit burst and 1x plum and black pepper boilies.
Things now went very quiet again so time to catch
up on some sleep once I'd re-baited. Set my alarm for 5.30 am in case there was
no activity during the night.
Shortly after midnight rod 1 alarm sounded but
unfortunately I didn't connect so back to the bivvy for some shut eye!
My alarm woke me up so i put the kettle on for a cuppa and re-baited............
7.05am rod 1 another cat! 13lb 4oz brilliant! When Ang was taking my photo with it it decided to empty its bowels and I kid you not the smell of fruit burst was really strong, shows it'd been pigging out on them!!!
8.40am rod 1 common 4lb
10.06 rod 3 linear 11lb 6oz
11.30am rod 2 mirror 5lb 4oz
rod 3 common 4lb
I was running short on PVA bags so went and
purchased some from Paul at the cabin, Ang went for a shower in the brand new
facility on site (recommended by her………costs £1.00 and is well worth it), we met
a really nice couple and had a good old fishing natter about venues, techniques
and had a run in with the sites resident male goose called Charlie....not what
Ang called him but that's swearing!!!!
After that we kept a small stick to hand just to
deter him as he has a history!!!! Let's just say he's bullet proof, his wings
are like a shield of steel lol!!! It was very hot again and the fish once again
were just basking, so frustrating to see them all but not catching (I did try a
zig again but the birds kept going after the baits)!
chance of making em duck proof ?!!!
Ang decided to have a dabble with the pole & tried in the small pool at the back of us resulting in 7 x bream,5 x perch and 2 x roach in an hour so she was well pleased.
4.35pm rod 2 common 3lb 5oz
As this was the last night I mixed up 2 bags of blood n worm ground bait to a wet consistency with a good dose of blood n worm glug, at 8.30pm I pre baited the empty peg to the left of me where I intended to fish popped up worms over it later that night.(rod 1 )
9.15pm rod 2 mirror 1lb 7oz
10.30 rod 1 absolute SCREAMING run (1 toner), shot out the bivvy and connected, rod doubled over.....then nothing ***** gutted, that was a big cat!!!! Oh well re-bait and got it back out.
Last few hours, pre baited at 5.30 am as other days.
The last few hours resulted in 4 commons for a total of 27lb 8oz
As usual all good things must come to an end and had to pack the stuff away ready to leave and join the real world again but not before being presented with a mug from the fishery by Paul for catching a fish over 15lb (this applies to everyone).
I was very pleased with the result and will definitely be returning to this great place and I was more than happy with the baits performances which had been really put through their paces!!!!!