Blog Posts by Shane Billings
IN SEARCH OF PIKE & CARP IN THE COLD!!!
On arriving at Cudmore Fishery on Saturday the 28th Jan at 8:30am I was confronted with a sight all anglers dread…. ICE and it topped every pool. I had decided to fish Tara as there would be a good chance of a Pike if nothing else was biting.
wanted to try for the carp and armed with a selection of Chapel Baits pop ups I
was more than prephared.
wanted to have a go for the pike so I took so I packed my dead baits and blood
really cold but I wrapped up in my
thermals and with the anticipation of hooking into a big one I managed to keep
set up I employed consisted of 8lb mainline, free running lead with a bead. 18"
of 15lb braid (weighted down with tungsten putty) and a size 10 barbless hook.
To ensure the line as discrete as possible a flying back lead was then used.
bait I used a 14mm Plum and Black Pepper pop
up tipped with two red maggots to add the visual attraction often needed in
winter carp fishing.
Due to the ice in front of me I had to angle my rod at 45 degrees to keep the line off the ice. I cast to the island in the centre of Tara. In these conditions I very rarely feed preferring to fish with lone hook baits.
set up was on the same basis but with no back lead. The hook link material was
30lb mono line with a cat fish hook with kebab'd roach hair rigged to it inter
spaced with pop up foam all of this was then glugged in the blood and worm dip.
Giving maximum attraction with minimum feed.
was then cast 30 yards out into open water. I put the alarms on and then it was
time to stoke up the cooker for bacon butty's and a cuppa.
It was very quiet as I had pre-empted and it gave me time to take in the scenery and also a opportunity to start planning my next session.
As I was
observing the water I noticed a couple of small fish topping and over my Pike
bait. Was the glug drawing in the pike?? I wound in re-glugged my hook bait and
recast straight onto the same spot.
I didn't have to wait long before my rod tip started tapping slowly and sure enough my alarm burst into life. Before long a immaculate jack pike was safely in the net and a few photo's later was returned to the lake.
and re-cast to the same area again hoping the glug had drawn in more than one
passing with no more activity and the lake took on a very dormant state no more
fish topping or other movement to be seen at all. I had almost given up when……
alarm gave a single bleep then went quiet, then it went again with four short
bleeps this time I wasn't going to wait and I lept up and struck…. I had
The result was a stunning chunky Mirror Carp. I was over the moon having resigned myself to the one fish all of a sudden I had two on the bank in conditions I can only describe as vile. This was the first instance of me using a Chapel Baits pop up and definitely won't be the last. It wasn't a specimen but on a day as hard as today I was chuffed.
Twenty more minutes passed and all of a sudden the pike rod twitched and the alarm chirped into life I struck and connected into what I initially thought was a decent fish after a spirited fight I had another Jack Pike in the net. What a stunner!!
Keep an eye out for my future blogs as I will be visiting Cudmore again after one of their big cats. I WILL BREAK MY PB!!
Roll on summer!!!