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Hi guys I thought I might start a thread for the blankers, 

I always think it's important to learn from your failures so here goes, 

Fish were still active so I assumed they might still like some bait 😁I didn't give them loads but in hindsight too much 😱either that or they weren't visiting my spots on the other side of the pads (should've continued pre baiting but life got in the way) 

Chicken Pad Thai is a nice easy meal to cook 

Should've prepared better no cutlery, 

Casting the new rods at the end I whipped the rig off and learnt about fast hands when casting, I tried chucking some around 90 odd yards to see how it went and thinking fast hands and focusing on that seemed to help, it got me hitting the clip  consistently anyway, 

Was it a waste of time nah I flipping loved it being out again 😁

 

 

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At the moment I'm regularly blanking, but so are all the other anglers. 

One thing I don't or didn't have until recently is the ability to prebait before trips, although now landing a job 5miles away from the lake... 

Just to get time to fish now is the hope, as Assistant Manager of the hotel is always on call... 

I try to analyse every trip, learning from every session, although on a hard lake when no-one is catching is difficult. 

I think my biggest failure is finding fishable weedy spots or weed free spots that the fish will visit. Some weed free ones they avoid, especially when they have been caught on them before or the natural food is gone. 

 

My usual answer is always 'must try harder'. 

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5 hours ago, elmoputney said:

Hi guys I thought I might start a thread for the blankers, 

I always think it's important to learn from your failures so here goes, 

Fish were still active so I assumed they might still like some bait 😁I didn't give them loads but in hindsight too much 😱either that or they weren't visiting my spots on the other side of the pads (should've continued pre baiting but life got in the way) 

Chicken Pad Thai is a nice easy meal to cook 

Should've prepared better no cutlery, 

Casting the new rods at the end I whipped the rig off and learnt about fast hands when casting, I tried chucking some around 90 odd yards to see how it went and thinking fast hands and focusing on that seemed to help, it got me hitting the clip  consistently anyway, 

Was it a waste of time nah I flipping loved it being out again 😁

 

 

Take some maggots next time. A few pints of reds will have them, especially if you're seeing fizzing up. If you see fish showing but no fizzing then chances are they're up in the water column and zigs may well do you a bite. 

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21 minutes ago, emmcee said:

Take some maggots next time. A few pints of reds will have them, especially if you're seeing fizzing up. If you see fish showing but no fizzing then chances are they're up in the water column and zigs may well do you a bite. 

They were showing about 20-30yds away over the other side of the pads, saw some right old dolphin leaps, normally that is all you need to see and on a good day they come to visit but I guess they were happy out of range in the safe zone today, not sure about maggots there are so many rudd in there I think it may prove tricky, although I think zigs are a good idea and something I need t on work on a bit 

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3 hours ago, salokcinnodrog said:

At the moment I'm regularly blanking, but so are all the other anglers. 

One thing I don't or didn't have until recently is the ability to prebait before trips, although now landing a job 5miles away from the lake... 

Just to get time to fish now is the hope, as Assistant Manager of the hotel is always on call... 

I try to analyse every trip, learning from every session, although on a hard lake when no-one is catching is difficult. 

I think my biggest failure is finding fishable weedy spots or weed free spots that the fish will visit. Some weed free ones they avoid, especially when they have been caught on them before or the natural food is gone. 

 

My usual answer is always 'must try harder'. 

I think pre baiting is always a good thing to do when you can, whenever I've done well its usually due to that, it certainly helps tips things in your favour so it's a good thing you can now do it again 👍,

have you thought about raking your own spots, it's something I've done a few times now and caught from rake, pre bait, feel great that's the mantra to live by 😁

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18 hours ago, elmoputney said:

I think pre baiting is always a good thing to do when you can, whenever I've done well its usually due to that, it certainly helps tips things in your favour so it's a good thing you can now do it again 👍,

have you thought about raking your own spots, it's something I've done a few times now and caught from rake, pre bait, feel great that's the mantra to live by 😁

Definitely tried raking spots, and unless it is over natural food, the fish avoid them. I spent a lot of spring and this summer on a couple of spots that I had cleared myself. 

If you bait on your raked spot, nothing. You have to find fish cleared spots with natural food on  that they are happy to come to. 

Made slightly more difficult by not being able to use a boat, every weed clearing session is in chesties or from the bank. 

 

 

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50 minutes ago, salokcinnodrog said:

Definitely tried raking spots, and unless it is over natural food, the fish avoid them. I spent a lot of spring and this summer on a couple of spots that I had cleared myself. 

If you bait on your raked spot, nothing. You have to find fish cleared spots with natural food on  that they are happy to come to. 

Made slightly more difficult by not being able to use a boat, every weed clearing session is in chesties or from the bank. 

 

 

What other species are in there? I've turned some rancid old smelly silt spots Into spots I can get a bite from this year, maybe now you can bait regularly it will help,

What are you putting on the spot? 

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1 hour ago, elmoputney said:

What other species are in there? I've turned some rancid old smelly silt spots Into spots I can get a bite from this year, maybe now you can bait regularly it will help,

What are you putting on the spot? 

Other species, tench, perch, pike (which can be a nuisance) and maybe some roach, and old bream. 

Boilies, pellet, maize have been going onto spots. 

I did find a couple of spots in one swim that were fishable and rich in bloodworm and baited them up for a few weeks. I caught off them, then another angler fished on there, and had a fish, and didn't put any bait in. The fish moved off and won't feed there now. 

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37 minutes ago, salokcinnodrog said:

Other species, tench, perch, pike (which can be a nuisance) and maybe some roach, and old bream. 

Boilies, pellet, maize have been going onto spots. 

I did find a couple of spots in one swim that were fishable and rich in bloodworm and baited them up for a few weeks. I caught off them, then another angler fished on there, and had a fish, and didn't put any bait in. The fish moved off and won't feed there now. 

The pike on Earith are idiots these days, seems like there is loads of them but yet still loads of rudd so they aren't even good pike 😁

Maybe try using crushed pellet and boilies and lots of liquid and maybe some salt, things that will sink into the silt and make them want to dig it out  👍

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Had a 48 hr trip to Oxlease on the linear complex over a week ago, had the disabled swim booked for the my mate and I. We had a nice chat with Ian the head bailiff and he gave us the bad news that only a couple of fish had come out over the three days before we got there, fish for a bite was the advice. So I got all the gear out for us made a fresh cooked cup of proper coffee and had a walk around the lake it looked stunning with the autumn trees that were just about to drop there leaf’s. So the lake looked dead 🙄 I found a firm clay area and 2 pva pags full with maggots and liquids want out, not a sniff was had by us, even tried the feeder feeder rod… so what did I learn from the blank, remember to take the spinners for the pike rod 🙄

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Just got back from a 24 hour blank. It was warm enough during the day but my mat was frozen in the morning. The lake did seem dead, I only saw 2 fish roll in all that time. At 1p.m. the bloke opposite had a run and his mate in the next swim was about to net it when he had a take. My mate who was 100 yards away 'phoned me to tell me he'd just caught one. As far as I could tell, that was it for the whole lake. I did have one aborted pull at 5a.m but that was it. Apparently the previous week they had a match on and only 6 fish were caught out of 17 swims.

You can only conclude that there was a (very) short window in which they fed. 

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6 hours ago, elmoputney said:

Not been fishing this weekend but what did I learn? 

I wanted to go fishing, I thought about fishing, I watched fishing videos and I got bored and bought some bits of tackle for fishing 😂

Sooo is that a blank then  🤔

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