Another week of limited hours on the bank, but I have managed to pick off a few fish despite difficult conditions, and I’ve had a new bit of kit on test which may prove useful to some…
I’ve returned to a relative easy water again this week, (although it can be moody, especially after an overnight frost) and turned up to find a wind driven lake, after a spell of cold weather, which wasn’t what I was hoping for. I’ve recently started to use a few products from the Spotted Fin stable, and wanted to try something other than a boilie attack, so set up a small method feeder, duly loaded with finely milled GO2 Sweet Super Blend, which makes a lovely, sticky method mix. A short hook link to a size 16 hook, with a piece of corn on the hair, and it was lobbed out a few yards to sit in around six feet of water. I put a gentle curve in the ‘tip, and sat back to wait.
I enjoyed a chat with George in the next peg, fishing similar tactics, who proudly showed me his new fishing chair, bought by his family for his 90th birthday! What a pleasure to be able to share information with an angler still enjoying his angling despite advancing age, and I was delighted when he picked up his rod and bent into a beautiful carp of just under 14lb; good man! I had to wait only a few minutes longer, before my tip lurched around, and I landed a low double; a good start. Half an hour later, I had another fish of similar size, but George and his chum were now struggling, with nothing further to report. I’d changed my hook bait to a small 12mm Catalyst boilie, deliberately picking a white bait to match the huge amount of bread thrown in by families for the water birds which inhabit the lake. The carp recognise bread as an obvious food source, but as fishing with bread isn’t allowed, to prevent conflict with the local avian inhabitants, I had to do the next best thing…
George and his friend soon packed up, with nothing else to add to their tally. Things did not look particularly promising, but eventually, I finished the day with five carp on the bank, all except one in double figures, lost three, and missed two more. Ten bites in total, but looking around the lake, everyone else had packed up and gone home, most fishless, some biteless, and with only a couple of other fish banked between them, so maybe it wasn’t a bad result in the circumstances? Either way, I enjoyed it, before I got the call to return home.
Whilst I was on the bank, I had the opportunity to investigate a new product called Rinsekit. The clue is in the name, and I feel it may find a home with some anglers who like to keep things clean and tidy. Basically, it comprises a two gallon water chamber, attached to a six feet long flexible hose, terminating in a garden hose sprayer, which can be used on the bank, or back at the car, to rinse off the accumulation of muck and mud that collects during the course of a fishing session. The clever thing is, there are no batteries, and nothing needs to be pressurised, it just uses an eon ™ system to maintain the water pressure delivered by the outside tap when the water chamber is filled before travelling to the lake. It’s that simple; fill it up at home from the outside tap (fittings supplied) and take it fishing, where it delivered a steady spray/jet/mist for around three minutes.
It may not sound much, but it’s easily sufficient to rinse any number of nets, blast bream slime from your unhooking mat, clean your cooking pans, gush muck off the barrow wheel, and give a quick squirt over reels etc, before washing your boots off at the van. It can also wash the dog down, clean the kids, or be used for any number of outdoor activities where mud, sand, or anything else doesn’t need to be transported home in the car. The unit stores that pressure for around thirty days too, so it is a ‘fill and forget’ product that can be there when you need it without any preparation the night before. But what if it runs out? A field filling kit is also available, utilising lake water and a bicycle pump to repressurise the chamber, as is a heater kit, meaning that for long stay anglers, you can even have a hot shower on the bank! I recognise it may not be something every angler will want to use, but for those who like to be organised, clean, and keep a tidy car, it’s an ideal way to do it. It’s priced at around £85 for the base unit, with extras available at additional cost, so it isn’t the cheapest item on the market, but when you consider that three bobbins, with isotopes, can now be purchased for around £100, then it’s something to be seen as an investment to help keep your other fishing tackle in tip top condition. I like it, and it will find a place in the back of my van to keep it mud free, and my tackle clean…nobody likes dirty tackle do they?