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a local lake 5 mins from my house as a good variety of species carp,roach,perch,tench,crucians etc

 

but its very rare to catch anything except a palm sized skimmer once i start to feed a swim straight away there is 100s of them on the bait,

 

i enjoy fishing and catching any fish but it seems like there is no challenge just dip in a hook with any bait on withing a minute or 2 you have another skimmer on the bank

 

i have tried every bait under the sun and have gone up to size 10 and 12 hooks to try for lager species but they seem to keep trying until another fish of a few inches manages to get hooked

 

i have had some nice sized bream but it would be nice to see some other species for a change

 

can anyone offer any advice ?

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As you've obviously already discovered, skimmers will wear down any soft bait, regardless of its size, until they can take it. The only half-way reliable option is the carp anglers' one of using either boilies or hard pellets of a size that the skimmers can't handle. Unfortunately, that cuts down your chances of any species other than carp or possibly tench (although the bigger bream will still have a go - there just won't be so many of them).

 

Trying to feed off hordes of skimmers by piling in bait would be expensive and probably impossible. The only other thing that does sometimes work is when bigger fish (especially carp) become attracted by the skimmers' feeding frenzy and barge them off the bait.

 

Oh, and if surface fishing is allowed, you could always target the carp that way.

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You could approach whoever is responsible for the fishery management of the water and suggest the best place for surplus skimmers is the bottom of a bean trench. Who knows, you might even find support.

 

 

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Carp for tomatoes, now bream for beans! Whatever next?

Ruffe for roses?

 

Ash poles are best, I find. :D

:lol::lol:

I have a bamboo clump in my garden, which is nearly as prolific as a bream shoal - it supplies all lengths from bean poles to dahlia stakes for self and umpteen neighbours. Also makes useful whips for grandchildren......FISHING whips that is.

 

 

RNLI Governor

 

World species 471 : UK species 105 : English species 95 .

Certhia's world species - 215

Eclectic "husband and wife combined" world species 501

 

"Nothing matters very much, few things matter at all" - Plato

...only things like fresh bait and cold beer...

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That's strange, I thought with all the fish munching going on we were running out of fish :rolleyes: Now we have too many?

 

:D

 

Anyway, there's a lake near me which has the same problem. In the end I gave up and fishied for them with light pole gear. On the right tackle they were pretty good sport. Then I hooked a 6lb tench which I eventually skillfully guided into (read: it eventually swam of its own accord into) the net. So I guess you can try to fish through them and hope to attarct something else. Have you tried different swims and depths? I don't think changing baits will work, unless it's to a huge lump of bread or lump of meat on a size 6, which is a serious option?

 

You could also try fishing big baits with no loosefeed.

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a local lake 5 mins from my house as a good variety of species carp,roach,perch,tench,crucians etc

 

but its very rare to catch anything except a palm sized skimmer once i start to feed a swim straight away there is 100s of them on the bait,

 

i enjoy fishing and catching any fish but it seems like there is no challenge just dip in a hook with any bait on withing a minute or 2 you have another skimmer on the bank

 

i have tried every bait under the sun and have gone up to size 10 and 12 hooks to try for lager species but they seem to keep trying until another fish of a few inches manages to get hooked

 

i have had some nice sized bream but it would be nice to see some other species for a change

 

can anyone offer any advice ?

Move up North and work hard all day for a bite?

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Move up North and work hard all day for a bite?

 

i do live up north,

 

working hard all day for a bite isnt a problem, i would prefer it over as soon as placing a bait in the water 3ft or 30ft from the bank pulling in another small skimmer

 

i do fish other places but this place is 2 mins away from my house and is only £12 a season so i spend a lot of time there. and on some other waters i fish i would be glad of a skimmer or two but i know there are other species in there and wondered if anyone could help me get threw the thousands of small fish to other species

 

in the colder months i have caught crucians late tench and the odd small carp even some decent goldfish but lately it seems to be skimmer overload

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i do live up north,

 

working hard all day for a bite isnt a problem, i would prefer it over as soon as placing a bait in the water 3ft or 30ft from the bank pulling in another small skimmer

 

i do fish other places but this place is 2 mins away from my house and is only £12 a season so i spend a lot of time there. and on some other waters i fish i would be glad of a skimmer or two but i know there are other species in there and wondered if anyone could help me get threw the thousands of small fish to other species

 

in the colder months i have caught crucians late tench and the odd small carp even some decent goldfish but lately it seems to be skimmer overload

 

 

3 grains of imitation corn with a worm? or something similar sized perhaps.

 

Whereabouts are you fishing? I wouldn`t mind a bit of non-commercial `fish a chuck` fishing for a change. Over the winter months(jan,feb,march) I fished 18 sessions(average 8hrs) for half a dozen bream on my local,smallest 8 1/2lb biggest 11lb but nothing else.

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