I had tied up a short soft braided Trickster hooklink with a small strong size 8 Wide Gape Talon Tip , so I could slide a PVA stick on to the link, and I trimmed down a small pellet Manilla shaped wafter hookbait to sit tantalisingly just above the stick-mix when the PVA dissolved. I really wanted the finished trap to look as subtle as possible in the shallow clear margin.
After waiting patiently for a suitable window of opportunity, I managed to drop it in place without spooking the fish and gingerly slipped back up the tree to see how it was sitting. The fish were straight back on the spot! Consequently, I found myself stuck up the tree right above them, daring not to move.
As I watched, a good common of about 30lb dropped straight on my rig and hoovered up the stick mix and then spat out my hookbait. The fish didn’t seem spooked by this and after a couple of minutes another fish dropped down and did exactly the same thing! I couldn’t believe how they had got away with it and I actually started to get out the tree on the second fish, thinking it was surely being hooked.