Another canal venue, this time the Koudumer Far near Koudum. This is a much shallower venue with only about 1.3m to 1.5m depth. We went here to keep the wind on our back, as there was a possibility of more bad weather.
I have a feeling that it might be a hard day today. Although there are concrete platforms to fish from, I don't think this area is fished a great deal - perhaps only by a few anglers from the local Koudum angling club.
We all set up our poles and I also set up a light waggler. I set up the pole to fish at just 9m - and used top 2's (2.4m) for the rigs. Others went out a bit further, but at 9m the water got a little deeper - I think the local anglers are always fishing at 9m, so the fish have kept the bottom free of silt in this area.
A light 2g waggler was all I needed to fish across the far side in just 1.3m of water. The 2 pole rigs that I set up were a 4x14 Preston Chianti and a 4x16 Preston Inter Carbon. I scaled down to 0.08mm bottoms and went down to a size 16 B512 hook - might even have to go smaller today to get some bites.
As you can tell, I was not confident about catching much from this area. I mixed up just 1 kg of groundbait - a mix of VDE Secret and Expo, and some Super Crack Roach. I started by just cupping-in 2 small balls of groundbait with nothing in it on the pole line, and I threw in 4 balls over onto the waggler line.
When I started on the pole with the Chianti rig, I had a small Roach on the first put in. Promising. Then after 10 minutes another small Roach - and that was that. It was a real struggle to get bites.
I went over onto the waggler line after an hour, but it was still really hard to get bites. I was catching the odd Roach across, but I could never get more than 2 bites within 15 minutes of each other.
It was harder than I thought it might be. The others were all on the pole and really struggling for bites. Marco set up a waggler rod and had a few bites, but overall it was really bad.
The water was sometimes still, sometimes flowing to the left, and sometimes flowing to the right. When it flowed to the left I got some bites. I have a feeling we have just not had enough rain to get some proper movement in the water. I rained hard a few times as well, and the wind was still swirling around quite a bit. Not as pleasant as it could have been.
We didn't fish as long today as it was so hard. I only managed to put 20 fish for 1,100g on the scales, Nico caught some Skimmers late on the pip me with 1,280 g.
Marco weighed 580g with a few fish on the waggler, Theo had 280g on the pole, and Roger brought up the rear with just 120g.
Not what we had hoped for. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow.