Sam Barker, Fishing with my son
Posted on 7th October 2018 at 13:11
I unfortunately couldn’t join the team at East Delph so I decided to spend a few hours on the Grand Union Canal and landed a bream on a simple hair rig with a size 6 cryogen hook and a VNX+ wafter.
The next day took I my eldest to a local lake. It had held a match earlier that day which the bailiff said had been unsuccessful, with the lake fishing very slow. I explained to my boy that it was going to be slow and potentially didn't look good for a bite, but we decided to give it a try anyway.
I made up some ground bait with VNX+ dip and poured some in the sweetcorn my son was going to be using as hookbait. I crumbled some Scoberry boilies and chucked some whole boilies in as well and then proceeded to set my boys rod up (6ft telescopic with 6lb line) and baited a spot up just off a reed bed.
In the mean time I cast my rods out, one to open water with a Nasty Shrimp wafter and one to a reed lined margin with a Scoberry shelf life boilies with a scattering of freebies over both. My sons spot was quiet and not a lot was happening so I went and got the bread out of my car that I had left from a day I took the boys to feed the ducks. I chucked some in around the float, crumbling it to make it sink but some stayed on the surface. The wind was blowing into our faces so any floating bread was pushed up against the bank we were sitting on. I started to hear slurping right up against the bank and sure enough, a couple of carp were there. I continued chucking small balls of bread by my sons float, and this is when the fun started.
His swim started fizzing and tell tale patterns started appearing and then the lakes biggest resident appeared, a 21lb ghostie. Well, that was the last weight I know it was at. My son went to get something to eat from the bag so I had a little go. The float went under and I managed to land a small common. As it was in a tight spot I wanted to keep the fish there, so I started to put some more sweetcorn out and carried on with the bread balls. I passed him the rod back as the swim started picking up and he landed a couple, one being a stunning little mirror. He then hooked into a slightly bigger mirror and landed it. My 6year old was playing and landing them all by himself and I was starting to get just a little bit jealous of him landing, so I moved my margin rod round to just off the spot he was fishing (I know bad dad) using VNX+ Traveller with a pva mesh of crushed boilies. He stopped fishing to have something else to eat so I took his rod. The next minute my 'phone rings and whilst I was on the phone my alarm went off, so he casually walked over and struck into it - fish on! As he had struck into it I let him land it, with me just helping him to keep it out of the reed bed and away from my other line. It turned out to be his new PB, a 7lb beauty. As you can probably imagine he was bouncing around happy as anything. Luckily the lake was empty as there was no containing his excitement. We carried on fishing, landing one more before we had to head home.
I used the day to let my son practice what he has learnt this year with me and from watching YouTube videos. He practiced holding fish for photos, which he doesn't usually do unless roach or smaller carp. I also taught him how to release the carp safely, allowing them to recover, and how to release from the net. After all, the younger generation are the ones who are going to keep the sport we love alive.
All in all it was a very Successful day for us - just goes to show even on hard days the bait works.
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