The other swim that I concentrated on was a swim called “The Hole”. Situated to the left of the swim was a channel that runs to the old stock pond, and I noticed that the bigger fish were spending a lot of time loitering in that channel, so with this in mind, I made sure there was always bait on these spots.
Rig wise, I was using a 4ft 45lb Camflex Leadfree leader, 5 inches of 25lb Stiff Ultra Skin with a size 6 Mugga hook fished slip-D style. Snowman hookbaits were made using a trusty 16mm Manilla ‘Tough-One’ topped with a 12mm Pink Signature Pop-up, and this was fished helicopter style. With the aid of the boat and my old glass bottom bucket I was able to make sure that the presentation was perfect every time I lowered it onto the spots.
I used to love turning up after work, arriving at around 5’ish and invariably finding the car Park being empty. The first thing I would do is get the boat out and have a paddle around to see what bait had gone on which spots. This would tell exactly where to fish for the night ahead. Each morning, before I headed of for work, I would bait the spots again before packing up, knowing that they would be visiting them whilst I was away, building confidence through becoming accustomed to feeding without any lines or rigs on the spots.
Right from the off I started catching very well from these areas, sometimes catching as soon as the rigs were placed on the pre-baited spots. On one particularly memorable evening I had 2 on at once, having literally just dropped the baited rigs! It really was proper enjoyable fishing.