After six qualifying rounds on the fantastic Castle Ashby Fishery near Northampton my team Preston Innovations Blackhorse won the league and along with the Drennan RAF Team, we got a place in the prestigious Angling Trust Winter League Final which is held on the Drains around March and Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey. With the final […]
Steve Cowley looks back at a recent session on the Relief Channel, where he experienced one the best river sessions of his angling career.
Colin Harvey has enjoyed some great success recently on the Midlands feeder fishing circuit. We catch up with Colin to find out how he’s getting on and to grab some feeder fishing tips.
Cadence match anglers have had a stunning few weeks with successes on rivers and stillwaters in prestigious competitions.
Tamar Lakes is based on the border between Devon and Cornwall near Bude. The lake chosen for the event was the Upper Tamar Lake which is some 82 acres in size. It is a natural water and a silverfish anglers paradise that has similarities with lakes in Ireland. The popularity of the events held at […]
After what seemed like a never-ending closed season, it was finally time to grace the river bank again at the picturesque River Trent section at Branston Golf Course. I’d recently fished a midweek open and netted almost 14lbs at the top end of the stretch, so, I opted to fish a peg in the lower […]
I was recently given special permission to fish the specimen lake on the prolific Goodiford Mill Fishery near Cullompton, Devon. I hoped to target the lakes silver fish, and I opted for peg four, which was sheltered from the bitterly cold wind.
I was keen to use my new Cadence CR10 #2 11ft Match Rods, setting them up to fish in a conventional waggler style using 2g loaded insert peacock floats, set at 6ft (full depth). One rod had a 0.10mm hooklength with a size 20 wide gape hook with strung out No. 9 shot down the line, shirt button style.
The other rod would be more positive, a 0.12mm hooklength to a size 16 wide gape hook, the No. 9 shot were used again but were pushed together tighter, just above the hooklength.
Both rods were paired up with the Cadence CS8 4000 reel loaded with 3lb mainline.
Bait was simple, I went with casters, hemp, red maggots and worms.
Not knowing fully what to expect, I plumbed up the peg using an SSG shot gently squeezed on my hook. The bottom was flat and was around 6ft in depth all over. I decided to fish at around 25 to 30 meters, putting some distance between myself and the fish due to the clarity of the water. Constant feeding via the catapult at this distance was made easier as the wind was blowing off my back.
I started the session by using the negative rod, fishing at dead depth with a single maggot on the hook. It took around 20 minutes for the first bite, a 2oz roach that was soon slipped into the keepnet. No more bites followed for some time, but I continued to feed caster over the top. After about an hour, I had three small roach in the net.
It was in the second hour that the fish “turned up” and bites were becoming more regular. I alternated my shotting pattern, pushing my droppers up towards the float trying to get a slower drop, I then pushed the shot together forming a double bulk, trying to see how the fish responded. I also varied the depth, fishing anything from 2ft down, trying to increase my catch rate and stamp of fish.
By the end of the second hour, I was still catching small roach on most casts, with a few bigger silvers mixed in for good measure.
I decided to up my feed of hemp and caster to every cast. I also switched to my more positive rod, which was fishing around eight inches off the deck with a worm head for bait. This resulted in a string of roach pushing the pound mark.
Most of the fish came later on in the session. I tried to concentrate on avoiding the smaller fish and was using more substantial pieces of worm, a fitting bait for a bream! It worked well with a steady stream of roach, skimmer bream and rudd all coming to the net. At the end of the four-hour session, I finished with 30lb of fish.
The Cadence CR10 11ft #2 Match Rod is such a versatile tool, I have used it for pellet waggler fishing when targeting carp, and it performed well when catching the silvers of Goodiford Mill. The top section is lovely and soft, cushions the lunges from the larger roach and it is fantastic for soft mouthed skimmers. It is fast on strike, enabling you to get a good hookhold quickly. It is a stunning rod to use and is excellent for fishing shallow venues.
I qualified for the Riverfest Final back in June on the River Calder, it was my first match this season and I managed to qualify from peg 25 on the Ship Inn section with 9lb 14oz. I’ve fished the final three times since it started and really look forward to the two-day event held on […]
Bream, that most enigmatic of species. Obliging on the one hand, evasive on the other. Take your pick; both adjectives apply in the fullest sense to the common or bronze bream. When they feed you can enjoy some hectic sport, but when they don’t it can be a very frustrating experience. Luckily, a few decided […]
The day started with a phone call from the banks of the river at Morton-on-Swale just after 6pm on Friday. With the rain we’d had during the week, conditions didn’t look promising for successful fishing and when I arrived on the bank, this proved to be true. I was met with a river three feet […]
Cadence Fishing UK was proud to sponsor the 2017 Burton Festival. Here is how the event went including full results… This year’s festival was spread over miles of river from the golf course at Branston right down to Shardlow taking in some really nice river fishing, although conditions were tough some nice nets of roach, […]