Tomorrow I am off fishing. I don’t have far to go either. This evening I am going to chill out, prepare my equipment, and then go and get set up tomorrow. I am going to take more kit than normal (well, more than I have been recently), as the temperatures have dropped slightly, and I think the full bivvy treatment will be needed. I am not a wimp when it comes to winter fishing, but the damp is the problem, and open shelters may be good for a quick overnighter, but anything longer and then comfort comes into play. I may even dust down the German bivvy heater, and go the whole hog!
My little spot, not far from the house, is where I will be focusing on. It is producing fish, I have landed a good mirror from there, and I know a certain big ‘tubby’ carp that often gets caught in that region of the lake. She is due out too, so fingers crossed I will get my chance and I can up my Spanish PB to a respectable fifty plus.
My tactics since I arrived in Spain have been very simple. Nothing different from anywhere else I fish in fact, and pop-ups seem to be doing the business for me at Sierra Brava, as they have done in most other waters on my travels. Stick with what you know best – that’s what I say. I also love using a stringer, be it a one bait, two bait, or four bait attachment. I use my faithful technique of slipping the loop of the stringer over a pva nugget, which protects my hook point from any damage on the rocky bottom, and prevents tangles. You can also be rest assured that you have a couple of free offerings lying right by your hook bait, and that is why I love the simple technique. PVA can be used in many forms, but personally I am not into the fiddly art of filling bags, and then loading them up with your lead and rig – takes too long for starters, and if you flunk your cast, you have to repeat it all over again. Tie up twenty stringers in preperation for the night ahead, as it only takes a few seconds to attach a nugget and then slip the stringer on afterwards. Lovely Jubbly!
Steve Howard and his lovely wife, left last week. They both caught some good carp to a shade over 30lbs. Steve was cursing his own stupidity one morning, as he was convinced he lost a lump. Rather than netting it himself in the dark, he called out to his partner for assistance, who was fast asleep in her bivvy. The fish then lunged hard, and the hook pulled. Oops a daisy Steve!
I will be blogging from the bank, so come and join me for a few days – why don’t you?
Jake and the dogs.