Badger, the match pool with a silver lining.


There is nothing better than watching your watching your float vanish under the water, in the warmer months we take it for granted, but in the winter our we apprehensive of this, do we put too much pressure on ourselves as anglers and is this the reason anglers  keep the gear locked away in winter. Over the next few months the team will be looking at great waters that produce all year round using simple and easy tactics, to keep the bites and fish coming, to prove no matter what time of year it is you can still have a great days angling.

The angler from the team in this feature was Mark Clutton, who is a very experienced silver fish angler, cutting his teeth on canals and rivers, in club and national matches. He chose Badger as we wanted to get the most diverse fish from his bait. He took two pints of red and white maggot mixed, and one pint of hemp, so the bait was actually less than five pounds for the session and he used almost all of it. The tackle was light and well balanced, he fished with two lines, alternating and feeding both to hold the fish in each area.

The water was in great condition the weather was a little miserable but Mark had high hopes for the day, Mark loves his silver fishing and is very passionate about promoting it, as you can always rely on silvers to feed even in the depths of winter, which he says always makes it worh going, even if you only catch 1lb of Gudeon or Ruff, at least you have caught. The fact that some people only think a good day is if you land 100lb of carp is beyond him, fishing is fishing no matter what you catch.

The fishing started off like most winter session do, with small Roach and Perch, feeding little and often to both pole lines, the bites came as almost as soon at the float settled after the first hour, but they were very slight and you had to be quick due to the small fish, as the day went on however the fish slowly got bigger and the sport improved. The important thing was according to Mark, despite the small fish coming first, was the fact they came and he was catching.

We chatted about the preparation he does for each session, the fact he has a plan even before he arrives at the venue, if he’s fishing for silvers on a still water, the rigs are already made with plenty of spare, he brings simple baits he knows the fish will feed on that time of year on that water, already knows what pole lines he is going to fish and makes sure his elastics are soft enough for the job, he believes if all this is in order, it helps with his confidence when fishing whatever time of the year.

The fish taken on the day were plenty, 38lb of mixed silver fish were taken, and they were all a little silver bit of heaven on a cold December day in the rain. Mark took Ide, Bream, Skimmers, Roach, Perch and Gudeon. The highlight of the day, was not the 3-4lb Bream that he took, he loved the Gudeon, as they are a beautiful fish, the silver and purple colours and the spots on the tail and dorsal fins make them a cracking small fish and a treat to behold. The fact that Mark manged to do 38lb of fish using just maggot and hemp, nothing fancy and it made a day sat in the cold and wet more than worth it, it proves you should not put the gear away in the Winter, just scale it back, make it lighter, pop some soft elastics in and you can have a great day on the bank.

Tactics.

Pole Line 1 : 4 meters on the bottom, Drennan silverfish pellet size 18 hook, Preston reflo power 0.09 hook length with 0.11 mainline, bulk number 9 stoz with dropper to fall through the water quickly, 4x16 float, single maggot on the hook, feeding maggot and hemp little and often.

Pole Line 2: 13 meters on the bottom, Drennan silverfish maggot size 20 hook, Preston reflo power 0.09 hook length with 0.11 mainline, bulk number 9 stoz with dropper to fall through the water quickly, 4x16 float, single maggot on the hook, feeding maggot and hemp little and often.

Tips.

If the bites shy away, adjust the depth of the rig by an inch or so and the bites will come back, with the feeding keep it little and often, if the bites tail off slow it down and the bites will return, use soft elastics, double four from Preston innovations was marks choice.

Peg

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Photos.

mark on badger


 






 
 
 





















 



















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