Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
The Cherry on the Top
29th May 2019
Rob Allen’s switch to surface tactics hits Christchurch for six, including a 40-pounder!
Surface fishing is quite possible one of the most exciting yet frustrating forms of angling. Being able to see everything that is going on within your baited area can often lead to more hair being pulled out than fish on the bank. However, if you get your tactics right and use balanced tackle, warm weather can yield some excellent surface fishing results.
Rob Allen took advantage of the beautiful weather recently, over on Christchurch Lake at Linch Hill. Throughout the course of his session, Rob banked six-carp, with all but one coming to floating baits. His catch was topped by two thirties and a fish known as Ben’s Common at 43lb 12oz.
Rob revealed: “On my first day, I had a great surface session, topping the day off with two thirties, with the best being a fish known as Honeypot at 31lb. The following day I wasn’t so luck and I ended up wondering back to camp rather dejected after a tough day of surface fishing.
“Upon my return to my peg, I noticed the guy next-door had left, so I decided to take advantage of the tall climbing tree in the swim he had vacated. Low and behold, I spotted a good fish slurping down some mixers right below me. I shimmied back down and lowered a hookbait onto the are the fish was feeding. Five minutes later, she was in the net! This made up for my lack of action through the day.
“The following day, I landed a lovely common off the bottom fishing over a bed of Krill and Bloodworm pellets but it wasn’t until my final day that I landed the biggest fish of the session. I had packed up all my gear, with every intention of going home, however a swim had just been vacated and it looked prime for a floater! After what felt like ages, fighting off every seagull in Oxford, I eventually tricked a large common into taking the hookbait. I couldn’t believe it when Ben’s Common was lay in my landing net! What an awesome result on the ever-faithful Krill Floaters!”