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Float fishermen make most of fine weather
5:11pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012 in Sport
AS always, Doggetts has responded well to the settled weather with float fishermen enjoying good sport from most of the lake.
Some good perch have been adding to the bags from the deeper margins in the back pool, with both maggot and worm being the bait.
The tench have been landed mainly on bread but boilies still appears to be the bigger specimens favourite food.
A lot of float fishermen claim to lose the odd carp which races off out of control, on the baits used this is unlikely and is probably their first ever contact with large tench.
The carp anglers have certainly been able to witness the numbers and size of the fish in the lake as they basked in the sun this week.
Good presentation is important to hook the fish on floaters.
Single hook baits are essential otherwise the total duck and coot population find your swim very quickly.
Masters of this method are local anglers bailiff Anthony Gull, who landed and 18lb mirror on floaters from the North bank, and Rob Snowden who enjoyed a couple of sessions where he landed mirrors of 15lb, 17lb and a stomping 25lb specimen mirror. If this wasn’t enough, Snowden’s floaters also banked a very scrappy 18lb common.
James Dalton also found the North bank productive when he landed an 18lb common as did Lee Coombes when he fished number one swim where numerous tench and a feisty 14lb mirror all gave good accounts of themselves.
Dan Crocker felt he would have landed more if had bought some dog biscuits but was pleased with a few tench and a mid-double mirror.
With a little help from his friends, Ian Simmons proved you can’t take your eyes of your floats for a second when floater fishing but he still manage to bank a very pretty 17lb mirror.
But the two happiest anglers on the banked were Dave Leiper who landed a very well deserved 24lb common and 10-year-old Sam McPherson who was tench fishing for his first time with his dad Tim.
Dad caught nothing, but Sam landed three nice tench and left the lake with a huge smile and some pocket money.
FULL FISHING ROUND UP IN WEDNESDAY'S ECHO