3 August, 2017 |5 Comments
Since my success on the canal at the start of the season a lot has changed. The carp in the canal have spawned and spread out all along the stretch which is a few miles long.
The little swines are relentless. When the carp were grouped up the crays were scared for their life and didn’t hang around which was great as I could fish my standard bottom bait rig with a boilie straight out the bag.
However fishing a cray infested spot now was a new experience for me and a good learning curve.
I tried shrink wrap which didn’t work as the crays just played with it for ages tangling my rig.
On the other hand I tried wooden balls set-up as pop-up rigs which did work in preventing the crays, however the fish were a bit suspect to the pop-up in shallow water.
What I ended up using was a large tiger nut and plastic pop-up with a bb shot inside it which was perfectly balanced for my snow man rig. It was also a big bait and prevented the small fish from keeping me up all night. This worked wonders. I was able to leave my rods in for ages undisturbed by any crays. As I was now fishing a tigernut and boilie on the hair I added tigers to my loose feed.
I managed 5 more carp from the canal in quick succession after sorting my approach out, topped by a 30lb common!
However that was the end of my fishing this month as my parter, well wife now, had our wedding, followed by a two week honeymoon. Definitely my best catch!