The fish seem to have gone off the feed for a short while and I have received no action since my last run – a full twenty-four hours! I am not too concerned however, as I am sure the action will resume, and I have a feeling the fish are just getting used to the change in the weather. It started raining yesterday, and the rain may have lowered the water temperature slightly, which is possibly why the fish have stopped eating. This period of year can be unpredictable when fish are spawning, as they can be feeding with gusto one minute, or trying to shag each other the next. Slight changes in water temperature can have a massive influence on the carp’s behaviour.
I have been keeping myself busy though and enjoyed the night’s sleep I was given. I slept in my Wellington boots just in case I had to make a quick dash to the rods, but as it was a mild night I just lay on top of my sleeping bag with a cover on top. My neighbours to my left have now gone meaning I just have company to my right. I have been piggy in the middle to be honest, but it hasn’t affected my fishing, as I have been the only one receiving regular action up until yesterday evening.
The wind has been strong all day accompanied by regular patches of rain – sometimes torrential. I left my rods till I had an opportunity to recast them and likewise did my spombing when the wind had died somewhat. When the wind is strong and if your rods are in the right place you would be daft to recast them when the conditions are tricky. Likewise, leave the spombing till the conditions are more favourable so you don’t waste your bait.
Speaking of wasting things, how many of you recycle your terminal tackle? For example when you find some old rigs in your tackle box do you just chuck the whole lot in the bin or do you break the rig down and re-use some of the components? I am not tight, but with terminal tackle prices increasing, it seems silly to throw away items that can be used again.
I have been using some tungsten sinkers by a well-known manufacturer for about two years now – the very same ones! I think I was given about five packets in 2010 and I still have about twenty little sinkers left. After removing from the old hook link, I then thread them onto a splicing needle and pop them back onto the wire, meaning they can be used again.
One other question? When you throw away your hooks do you just discard them or do you bend the point inwards with pliers? I carry a small pair of pliers in my tackle box and always make sure the point has been bent in fully, so animals or birds can’t get caught up in them, depending on where your rubbish bag ends up. In an incinerator or on a landfill site? It is worth thinking about.
I have been cooking up some fine food whilst I have been fishing this week. Today’s lunch has to go down as one of the tastiest I have cooked, whilst fishing. It was easy to make and just needed a little timing, some pots with lids, and a good non-stick frying pan. I normally carry tinfoil with me as this makes a great lid for frying pans and means you can steam things to cook food quicker. It is also a great way to ensure things like chicken and pork are cooked through properly.
Finally, the sharper ones among you, and longtime readers of my blog may notice that the formula one type list of sponsors has now gone from my header on my blog. They really were needed on my travels, it has to be said. Apart from Sonik Sports Ltd whom I am still a consultant for, using their products for my business, and for my own rod requirements, I have decided to wave goodbye to my other roles. Last week I resigned from Trakker as it seemed the best/only thing to do. I live in Spain after all, so what good am I to them anyway! I don’t attend shows in the UK, and my fishing is a world away from zig rigs and small ponds. Although I do like a bit of munga mix from time to time!
That’s all for tonight folks. I’ll be back tomorrow, with hopefully a few scaly ones to show you!
Jake & Flash