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Wingham Fish-In 2017 - Sat May 6th to Mon May 8th


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#11 Steve Burke

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:08 AM

I'll be closing the books the day after tomorrow (Thursday).

 

It looks as though the weather's going to be perfect for a change!  Cold this week, warming up next week.  The medium range forecast is for sunny periods and nice temperatures.  Fingers crossed!


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 11:28 AM

Just to wet people's appetite, I've been down on my spring ticket and have already been amongst the fish despite the recent cold weather. In 3 weekend sessions I've had 6 perch between 2lb 6oz and 3lb, 32 tench to 8lb 10oz (I've caught 8's on each visit!) and have even managed one of those elusive Wingham bream. The fishing is only going to get better as it warms up before the fish-in so get yourself signed up for the chance of a very memorable weekends fishing.
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Posted 26 April 2017 - 02:21 PM

Well, good fishing everyone.     I will be trying to increase my species list down in Cornwall   Bloch's Topknot and Cornish Sucker are on the hit list, but I expect lots of  Common Shannies will get to the bait first.




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Posted 26 April 2017 - 06:27 PM

The carp record has just been broken on the Main Lake with a mirror of 56-14. This despite it snowing at home just a couple of miles away! Leroy Swan was the only one fishing on the 40 acres and so a good reward for braving the cold weather.

This fish last came out 5 years ago at 45-08 so who knows what it'll weigh in another 5 years?

It was new member Leroy's first carp from Wingham and came on only his second trip. Those whose first Wingham carp is a 40 are known as Wingham Virgins and there are a lot of them. There's now 3 members of the Super Virgins club, those whose 1st Wingham carp is a 50.

Wouldn't it be great if a 50lber came out on a Fish-In? We almost had a 60 caught last year when Dan Taylor had a 60-08 from the Carp Lake just a few hours before the official start.

As the old saying goes, "You've got to be in it to win it!

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 09:51 PM

Good luck to anyone attending i hope the weather bucks up it was a bit nippy in me t shirt this morning ,my pond has suddenly stopped producing a symptom of a cold night

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 08:39 AM

Anthony,

 

I may very well be asking for some advice at some point as I have never caught a wingham tench (or anything besides pike and eels) in 3 trips there over the last 8 years or so via fish-ins. Desperate to change that this year if I get the nod from Steve to attend.


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 10:03 AM

Anthony,
 
I may very well be asking for some advice at some point as I have never caught a wingham tench (or anything besides pike and eels) in 3 trips there over the last 8 years or so via fish-ins. Desperate to change that this year if I get the nod from Steve to attend.



No problem at all buddy. My go to method has been a small method feeder covered in dampened pellet. Hookbaits have varied on each trip from small white pop ups (worked best when water was murked up from strong winds) to fake corn and fake maggots. On the last session they responded better to maggots (small PVA bag attached to a bolt rig consisting of 2.5oz lead and short 5" coated braid hooklink).
The most important thing, as Steve is always keen to mention, Is location. I'm allowed to fish 4 rods and of these I've only been catching on 2 of them consistently. Despite moving the other two rods around I've not been able to find a productive spot. If you've told Steve on your questionaire that you're targeting tench then he will put you in a swim that will hold them but the key is finding the spot. Spend plenty of time plumbing your swim looking for the sides of gravel bars. I've found the most productive areas to be between gravel and silt and best depths to be between 6 - 10 feet. Then it's just a case of feeding little and often until they respond. For loose feed, I tend to feed groundbait with very little food items in it. This way I'm introducing lots of attraction but the food is actually concentrated around my hookbait. Method feeders are great for this (unless there's a strong cross wind then I change to inline leads and small pva sticks).

I hope some of this helps but they'll be a few Wingham regulars around to point you in the right direction so don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Posted 27 April 2017 - 10:00 PM

Hi Anthony,

Thanks for the advice. I will give that a go for sure. I wasnt planning on bringing maggots as i am getting a tub of dendras so was was planning to chop them up and mix with some form of groundbait. This is to try for the tench but also to try to get among the big eels again on one rod at night. I managed a 4.12 last time i was lucky enough to go so would love to beat that. But yes the main target as ever will be the tench.

I think I will try the groundbait on ine rod and maybe pellets on another as I have loads of pellets at home which I have got for trying to tempt a river carp when the season reopens. Its the only major species i havent taken from the river now so got a real bee in my bonnet about changing that this year. Ive just got a great new permit for it.

Its interesting you mentioned fake corn and maggots. Im always really worried about using them as ive never done well in them but ive heard more and more recently people mentioning using them.

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 08:15 AM

Hi Anthony,

Thanks for the advice. I will give that a go for sure. I wasnt planning on bringing maggots as i am getting a tub of dendras so was was planning to chop them up and mix with some form of groundbait. This is to try for the tench but also to try to get among the big eels again on one rod at night. I managed a 4.12 last time i was lucky enough to go so would love to beat that. But yes the main target as ever will be the tench.
 

 

My results haven't been quite as spectacular as Athony's  but I've only managed a couple of day sessions so far this season - I'd rethink the no maggots thing personally - the vast majority of my wingham tench have come to simple feeders with a bunch of 4 red moaggots on a size 12 hook.  

 

my approach seems similar to his,  putting a lot of attaction and a small amount of feed in the right spot - I use open ended feeders, and "explosive feeder" groundbait heavily laced with red maggot, again looking to put it at the base of a bar

 

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 08:24 PM

If I'm lucky enough to get a place this year I was thinking of having a crack at the eels.

A couple of seasons ago me and a friend targeted tench on Pan lake in Canterbury after seeing a lot rolling during a really warm spell in February. We used inline leads with short rigs and maggots as bait.

We caught half a dozen eels up to 3.5lb during a couple of sessions and a couple of high single tench.

Conventional wisdom seems to concentrate on as little resistance as possible but the runs that we got with the semi fixed rigs were very positive and most of the fish were lip hooked.

Has anybody had similar experiences or would you advocate sticking to low resistance rigs?