I go through phases when I fish every day. I sometimes find hitting a water for three or four days on the trot is the key to cracking it - possibly because if you're on there long enough, they've got to start feeding sooner or later.
Last time I tried this, I
blanked four days out of five, which is dire by even my standards. Then
again, I knew of other waters where people were catching, one day
enduring a running commentary via text messages from a mate who had
dropped right on them and was nailing them one after another a few miles
from where my floats sat motionless.
You might think
this means I'm stupid. But I've decided if I only learn to fish one more
water, it's got to be the Ouse. That means struggling through the blank
days until the penny finally drops. I've had a few good twenties off it
over the years, but these have all come from well-known areas further
upstream from the stretch I'm concentrating on.
I'm fishing has produced the bigger fish in recent seasons, but they're
literally few and far between. In fact predators seem to be thin on the
ground full stop, which belies the incredible volume of prey fish.
know find the silvers and you find the pike doesn't always hold true,
but what's struck me about the few fish I've managed so far this winter
is how thin they are. It's November now - not high summer, when pike do
tend to look a bit skinny (from what I remember from when I used to
catch the odd one or three zander fishing).
pike must be somewhere. Maybe the water's low in oxygen because of lack
of rain/flow and amount of weed in the river. Maybe that's what's put
them off the feed, along with the incredibly clear water.
way, I'm going to give it a few days on the trot and try a new area as
well - mainly because parts of the river where I was catching a few pike
last season now seem all but devoid of them.
even dust off the lure rods - just to see if a more mobile approach pays
off better than planting my arse behind three or four bait rods and
trying just a handful of swims in a day. Maybe it's a confidence thing,