I arrived at my chosen lake around 7am. The weather was bitterly cold and I truly felt that autumn had truly taken over. The cars temperature gauge read a chilly 4 degrees. We had had some serious rain fall the prior few days running up to this session. I had booked a few days of work so even the truly poor conditions wasn’t going to dampen my spirits. A freezing cold northerly wind was ripping across the lake on arrival. Going on the previous weeks results I headed for the same swim.
Luckily the swim was free so I settled with my first choice. I felt although cold this area would give me the best chance of a fish or two. It didn’t take too long to get the rods positioned on the areas. Fishing the same tactics as the week before, aBetalin soaked tiger with a fake corn topper on a simple blowback rig was my rig choice. Threading a small stick of gems 50/50 onto each hooklink to protect the hook points. Over the top of this I started with around a kilo of hemp,Beta’nana, crushed tigers and a mix of Hinders pellets. Copious amounts of hemp oil and Beta’nana glug were added to finish off. The traps were set but unfortunately that lunchtime I suffered a hook pull on one of the long rods. It wasn’t till the following morning I got my next chance. Luckily everything stood the test and a very nice 33lb leather was soon being lifted up to have its picture taken. I followed this up with another few low twenties the same morning. Once again the bait and tactics were clearly performing well.
After each fish I topped up with around a kilo of the mixture this kept the bites coming. The following morning I connected with a very decent fish that fought extremely hard wiping out another rod in the process. At the same time as all this happened I received another take. I concentrated on landing the first take as I felt this was a fish worth getting in. Again after a long battle the hook hold gave way due to the rod it had wiped out locking up on a weed bed. I cursed my luck as this was the first time I have had this happen in this swim. I had got to see the fish and it was a large mirror of upper 30s that I was once connected to before the hook pulled. The other take turned out to be a low twenty that hardly healed the wounds of losing the previous fish.
The final morning of my trip I finished with two fantastic fish, a beautiful mirror in its autumnal colours of 27lb 8oz and a rather powerful beautiful common of 34lb 12oz. Once again the bait and the tactics proved a success as only one other fish on the venue had been caught during my time on there.
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I am not one to regularly leave feedback unless I see something as exceptional. I used this for the first time when on a commercial fishery. I had been struggling all day to get a bite. I pulled this from the bait bucket and it was like turning on a switch. The carp were lining up. It converted me in one session and I'll be back for more.
The beta nana dumbells are really good and so attractive with its smell and how it sits in the bottom of the lake bed it’s just waiting to be picked up instantly. I would recommend this bait to more people to get bites in the winter 👍