Blog Posts by Shane Billings

Back Shane Billings


Part Time Cleaner
Other Sponsor(s):
Chapel Baits
Favourite Venue:
Cudmore Fisheries

My Bio

My uncle started taking me fishing with him when I was 9. We used to go on the river Dove and the canals and I was "hooked" straight away!!! My Grandad also used to take me to the river Dove for a few hours once a week, I have to laugh now because i was lucky to fish for 1/2 an hour.....he had the rod the rest of the time !!!! I got involved in match fishing for the local youth club then started to fish for British Gypsum once a year in a team event at JCB at Rocester.In my second year I was placed second in my section and was awarded a trophy....Unforgettable!!!

As the years have passed I've fished from rivers to ponds and lakes with an occasional open match resulting in a few wins. I turned my attention to specimen fishing ,carp, barbel and in the winter pike but for the last four years my main target and my passion is the Wels catfish which I target from April to September,then back to pike again until April!!!!

My personal bests are Wels catfish 54lb 3oz,Cudmore Sturgeon 24lb 6oz Lychgate, Pike 21lb 9oz River Dove, Mirror carp 20lb 12oz Pirelli pool, Grass carp 20lb 2oz Shattersford, Common carp 19lb 5oz BMAA club pool, Zander 15lb 3oz unamed venue, Barbel 14lb 6oz River Trent, Bream 10lb 12oz Pirelli pool, Tench 8lb 8oz Pirelli pool, Chubb 5lb 8oz, River Dove, Eel 5lb 4oz Pirelli pool, Perch 3lb 2oz Fleam stream,(runs into the river Dove). 

4 May 2012

Testing Chapel Baits products on a local "hard water"

Despite the weather forecast which gave overnight frosts we made our way to a local pool which we know holds some big fish but not many and is known as a "hard water." We arrived Friday evening 4th May at approx 6.30pm  and set up I'd decided to give Chapel Baits nutty boilies and fruit burst pop ups a go (14mm). 

I only set two rods up due to space etc in my chosen swim so rod 1 was set up with a zig rig set at approx 7.5ft which would be fished in a depth of 12ft, so in other words I'd be fishing approx 4.5ft under the surface with a fruit burst pop up which was cast to my left approx 20 yards out and approx 10ft from the bankside.....I was going to catapult in nutty boilies every 40 mins or so over the top of the zig to get the fish in that area hopefully. I was prepared to stick to this method until the following morning and if no joy would change to a chod rig! 

Rod 2 was set up with a chod rig, this would be cast straight out at a range of 35 yards where I'd seen a couple of fish topping, above the leader would be use of a flying backlead, hook bait would be fruit burst pop up again with a small pva bag with crushed nutty boilies inside with some nutty dip poured into the bag for good measure! 

My plan was to recast a fresh bag every hour until 10pm then no more until morning.

Its 8pm rod 1 is in position, just casting rod 2 into position and alarms set, not expecting anything to happen yet so into the bivvy and kettle on ready for a hot drink as temperatures are now dropping quite quickly!

Just took a slurp of me tea when rod 2 alarm gave a single bleep, I thought nothing of this, probably just a line bite but 2 mins later a steady bleeping came through on my receiver and I shot out to my rods where my swinger was dropping to the ground ! Quickly grabbed rod 2 and lifted the rod high....couldn't believe it fish on and a good old bend in the rod to boot!! At first it seemed to be coming in quite quickly and I said to Ang that I thought it might be a big tench but 2 rod lengths out from the bank the fight started, the fish started lunging and going down deep, by this time I had seen it was a carp as the water is quite clear.

It took about another 7 mins to tire the fish and when landed was over the moon with such a stunning mirror in beautiful condition, even better was the weight 19lb 2oz!!!! Ang hadn't seen one so big in close up so most of the pics she took were blurred she was so excited !!! A really nice chunky fish which recovered immediately once returned to the water. 

Excitement over re-baited, recast and unfortunately nothing more through the night apart from a couple of single bleeps on the zig to no fruition.

Saturday morning it was nice to have a visit from Clive and Len Taylor, not forgetting Jess the Boxer we had a good old chat and catch up, showed them where a few of the carp lie up (big uns by the look) said bye to them made a cuppa and had a bite to eat as things were very quiet......until 1.30pm when rod 1 screamed off!!

I shot to the bank and struck but this one completely smashed me!!!! After having it on for about a minute I can only describe this fish as a lump, a lump not to be mine this time but be assured I'll be back for it!!!!!

Nothing for the rest of the day, in the evening rod 2 went off but the fish dropped the bait before I could connect and then sadly nothing more. Morning arrived and I gave it another 3 hours but nothing was happening so time to wrap up and go home, this is a low stocked and hard water but the fish in it are quality.......if you connect!!! I'll defo be back!!!