After the trip to the UK I had a well deserved break and I went on holiday to France with my other half. Our accommodation was right on the banks of the River Mossele, so it made sense to take the rods and spend the days enjoying the local sights and fish during the nights. The wife and I had a great time and although I made sure to have the rods out during the hours of darkness, unfortunately no takes were forthcoming.
The summer was very hot in Belgium and I’m not really a fan of the hot weather and fishing in these conditions, so I didn’t head back to the club/park lake until the end of August. After catching consistently during the early part of the year, I went straight in using the same approach of Ronnie Rigs and bright pop ups that had worked so well. I nicked the odd bite, but the action was nothing like it had been in the spring. A changed my approach to the German TT Rig and match the hatch hook baits (an approach that I talked about in a short video on the Gardner Tackle YouTube channel) and the change paid off handsomely and my catch rate improved.