As a full
time fishing coach and match fisherman, I get questions from time to
time about how I would go about fishing a particular venue that I have
never fished before. This particular question was sent to me about
fishing at Nasby reservoir in
would like to learn how to assess a venue I have never been to before
taking into account weather, wind, light conditions etc. Best swims.
Which method would you start fishing with? Feeding:
- how much, how often. Above all – how would you adapt and
change tactics when not catching. How long to give a particular
technique or bait before changing. Although commercials are what I have
access to I don't just want to catch carp so techniques for general
still water fishing would be great.
I have already looked for information as to where it is,
what species of fish are in there and what are the best areas to fish
and what are the best methods. The information I have so far is for fishing at
this time of year (late March early April).
I would expect to fish from the dam wall, which varies in depth
from 10 - 20 feet deep at short range. The main species I would expect
to catch are roach and bream and if lucky the odd carp which run to 20
lbs plus. (Already I have a picture of the venue in my head and how I am
going to start fishing it).
Due to the depth, swim feeder tactics will be the starting option,
the nature of the venue which holds a large head of carp tells me that
during the summer months a lot of pellets are going to be fed for the
carp, this tells me that I will need a fish meal based ground bait for
the Bream and Roach as this will be a large part of their normal diet.
As for hook baits, I would be looking to fish both worms and casters for
my target species. I would also take along some larger hard hook pellets
in case the carp start to show an interest, and I always carry maggots
when fishing a new venue. My ground bait: I like to mix my ground baits
for maximum effect because I would be aiming to catch 2 different
species of fish. As stated before , I would be using a bream fishmeal mix and
the other a much sweeter dark mix for the roach. A kilo of each would be
needed and mixed into 1 big mix before the session starts. Half kilo of
Dendrobena worms and 1 - 2 pints of casters will be the bulk of bait
needed for this day.