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Minnows for bait.
Having now had a go with the new, ultra fine braid I realised that it gave me the option of freelining quite small baits on the river. Anyway, the other day I decided I would try livebaiting with minnows and set off with two rods, one to catch the minnows and the other for use with the livebaits. I began by float fishing with a small (for me) hook and a single maggot. As soon as I started it was apparent that I would have no problem catching bait. It was another hot sunny afternoon and, as soon as the float hit the water it was attacked (the only way I can describe it) by a horde of minnows. The little fish were jumping at the float and generally knocking it about - amazing!!!! Anyone know why?
Anyway, within minutes I had a dozen decent baits in my plastic bucket and I set off wading upstream, casting into likely spots as I went. The tackle consisted of my fine braided line, half a metre of eight pound nylon and a size six circle hook nicked through the upper lip of the minnow. I had no problem casting ten or fifteen metres with only the weight of the hook and the minnow and first cast, to a hole under a big bush, I felt a tug on the line but when I tried to tighten the line had tangled on a reed and the fish let go before I could hook it. Bugger!
I plodded on and about ten minutes later I dropped the minnow into the head of a riffle about a foot in depth. Almost at once the line tightened and as I wound down the fish was on. Excellent! As I played it towards me in the clear shallow water I could see that it was a chub of about two-and-a-half pounds and it was followed by one slightly smaller. the fish was beautifully hooked in the upper lip so that's one up to the circle hook. Apart from a couple more missed taps I had nothing else before it was time to leave. Another angler after chub said that 'He'd seen a few but they weren't interested in anything' so I was well pleased with my small catch. There are lots of seatrout about so I must give it a go for them at dusk sometime before the season ends.
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