Joe Chappell

A Bit of a Mish Mash

I haven’t been fishing in over 3 weeks, I’m really not sure how I’m coping. I’ve been busy with exams and university applications at school and due to the busy festive period, I’ve been working both Saturday and Sunday. After deliberating over my breakfast on what to write this week’s blog about, I couldn’t decide. I was thinking about re-visiting a trip from last month, or maybe writing a tackle review, or explaining some interesting topics I’ve been learning about at school which are distantly related to fish or fishing (this way I can get away telling my mum I’m revising). I’ve decided I’ll just do all three.

Part 1 – The Fishing Trip

My most recent fishing session was actually a trip to the River Crouch which I blogged about a few weeks ago. However, a few days before that trip I managed a trip to my local park lake which has featured heavily in my previous blogs.

If you hadn’t guessed already, I’m talking about Rochford Reservoir. I arrived quite early and my dad had kindly offered to drop me off. Surprise surprise, I forgot my barrow wheel. My dad wasn’t too impressed with me but he did help me carry the gear to the nearest swim, rather than just telling me to get on with it.

To my surprise the swim was alive with activity. The water was boiling with bubbles cropping up everywhere. Being mindful not to spook the obviously occupied fish, I shipped out my bait using a baiting pole from The Tackle Box. My rig of choice was nothing fancy, just a simple hair rig. Not long after getting the rod out I received alarm beeps and then a tug on my line. I sprung up, ready to reel the fish in but all I had caught was a stick. (does that count as not blanking) Slightly disheartened, I got the rod back out but the fizzing had died down. After waiting about an hour, I decided on a move to another part of the lake. Whatever was in front of me had moved off, presumably into the shallow water at the other end of the lake which was now being warmed by the low November sun.

I moved into the opposite corner where I had seen a fish show. I got both rods out using the baiting pole, one to my left hand margin and one about a rod length from a fallen tree. Both rods were armed with Sticky Baits krill active and a handful of pellet over the top.

After waiting a few hours, I finally received a bite. My reward was a small common which put up a decent account for himself. My mum had offered to bring me a McDonalds and she had arrived just as I netted the fish. I left the fish in the net and ran to the car before returning to the lake and taking a few photos with the fish. Unfortunately, that was the only fish of the day. Hopefully it won’t be the last one of the year though. Lake fishing is certainly a lot slower in the winter months and I can see why the lakes are always empty of anglers. Its tough going for little reward but I know if I persevere, I’ll always catch something – mostly.

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The only one of the day

Part Two – The Review

When I say this piece of kit has doubled my catch rate, I’m not lying. I mentioned it above, yep that’s right, it’s my baiting pole from The Tackle Box. I absolutely love it. I’ve been using it for a few months now and in that time 90% of the carp I’ve caught have been while using it.

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The baiting pole in action!

What I love about the baiting pole is how stealthy it is compared to a bait boat. With a bait boat, it may be half an hour or more before fish return to your spot after getting your bait back out. While using the baiting pole, if your careful you can drop your rig right on top of feeding fish without disturbing them at all, meaning you are fishing effectively for longer. Another advantage of a baiting pole is its reliability. A baiting pole doesn’t run out of charge like a bait boat. It doesn’t have lots of little parts which can be expensive to fix and replace and it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than a boat.

One obvious drawback of a baiting pole is its range. I have the extension kit which is fantastic and gives the pole an even greater range. It has been crucial to reaching those nooks and cranny’s just past the reach of the 18m telescopic section alone. You can add as many extensions as you like, meaning if you wanted to, you could reach distances of over 30 meters and drop the bait exactly where you want with good few hand fulls of free offerings around it. The baiting pole eliminates the need for a perfectly accurate cast which may end up snagging in a branch.

The baiting pole and extension kit fits perfectly on the side of my rod holdall, so I don’t need to haul around any extra luggage and its super light. If you’re thinking of buying a baiting pole, then stop thinking and go get one, you won’t regret it. If you are thinking of buying a bait boat, think again. Unless you’re going to be fishing at silly long distances like 100 yards plus then a baiting pole may be the better option. The Tackle Box are also offering £25 off their baiting pole and £10 off their extension kit. Check them out here: Baiting Pole Extension Kit

Part Three – Eutrophication

I doubt many of you would have ever heard this term before, but hopefully (if my teaching is any good) within a few minutes you will have an A-Level understanding of Eutrophication.

I’ll start by explaining how it has any link to fish, as lets be honest, most of you here are fishing mad like myself. Eutrophication can cause large fish kills in our waterways and upset the balance of life in our rivers and still waters.

It is caused when fertilizers from farmers fields are washed down hill by rain and into our lakes, rivers and streams. The fertilizers cause aquatic plant life, especially algae, to grow and reproduce rapidly. When the large quantity of algae dies, it is decomposed by bacteria. This bacteria, like most living organisms, requires oxygen to breath. Sometimes, when there is so much algae being broken down by the bacteria, oxygen levels can plummet to dangerously low levels. This can kill off any aquatic life including fish, shellfish and many invertebrates that keep the ecosystem healthy. (now you can answer an A-Level question)

What is eutrophication? Causes, effects and control - Eniscuola

I hope you enjoyed my little explanation of eutrophication, learning about it for my biology A level is about as close to fishing as I’ve been this past week. Obviously, this isn’t the only cause of fish kills but it can be a contributing factor towards many.

That’s it for this week’s blog, I hope I kept you entertained. I think I have an afternoon off school next week so I might dig out the lure gear and see if I can manage a pike from Doggets lake in Rochford. Anyway, hope you enjoyed, see you next week when hopefully I’ll have a massive croc in my hands.

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