Harry Layne, August 8th 2011
I have been a member of the DDAPS for many years.
A recent trip proved very successful with 12 nice Roach, nearly all of which were over 2 Pounds, the largest fish threatening the 3 pound mark. I settled for a swim I have not fished for a few years, located to the right of a small white bridge [inlet], on the long flat cinder bank at the South West end of Baldwins lake, casting almost under a overhanging tree from the centre path. Bait used was Hemp Seed on a size 20 barbless hook to 2 pound line, and a crystal waggler secured wih 2 number 4 shot and a single number 6 for a dropper. No groundbait was neccessary and only a spinkling of loose seeds were used before the first fish was in the net.
I also had a number of fish [Roach and a few Rudd and skimmers], threatening the 1 pound mark as well as my share of small fish. This session was almost a repeat of a similar session at this spot some 4 seasons ago. Although not fantastic big fish by any means, but I have always believed it is harder to catch a 2 pound Roach than a 20 pound Carp, which seem commonplace today. If you dont believe me ... try it !
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