Inspired by reading an article by Stef Horak in July's C.A.T., I decided I would give the caster and hemp a serious go. I have tried a similar method before, but this time I thought I would try to build up the swim using just the casters and hemp and try hard not to be tempted to add any maggots, even though I had a pint with me. I don't know why but I can't seem to buy casters without buying a pint of maggots too ? On the first cast I had a small tap on the rod, but nothing worth striking at.
On the other rod I tried first a boilie, then later a small pellet. The pellet started to get a response straight away, the rod tapping and nodding every so often.
A nice way to start the weekend
In the last light before dusk the pellet rods tip bent round, I connected with a powerful fish that steamed off hugging the bottom and heading downstream. I turned it and brought it up and out in front of me in the 'snag free' water. Grabbing the net I thought I was now in control...., but not for long as it went off on another surge, crashing into the lilies and cabbage's to my left. Finally after putting up quite a spirited fight, I managed to coax the fish into the net. It had fought well for a mid size fish, as they often do, the size of this ones fins in proportion to its body, probably gives a bit of turbo boost.