Course Fishing – Things No One Tells You!Keith
Everything smells in course fishing
The fish smell. Your bait smells – whether it’s mouldy old cheese paste, sweaty maggots on the turn (which is when they get really ripe), fishmeal pellets or curry flavoured boillies. Yep curry! That’s course fishing
You’ll become an instant stereotype
And in so many ways that you didn’t imagine before holding a rod.
First, no one will believe your fishing exploits, even if you have photographic proof. “Photoshop”, they will shout, with a smug smile before asking whether you called in on the fishmongers on the way home. Thats if you can find one these days.
The best time to go is early evening
To begin with, you’ll waste hours during the day, watching an unmoving float or static rod tip, pulling your line back and forth through the sensors on bite alarms. No one tells you that all you have to do is turn up just after tea time and fish into darkness for the ultimate catch.
Prawns make an amazing bait
All anglers spend their fishing lives searching for that special bait; that pheromone of fish attractant that will make giant carp, pike and bream hurl themselves onto the bank at your feet in sweet surrender. Someone convinced me to give prawns a go. What a revelation. Those bad boys will catch almost anything that swims.
Carp isn’t the only coarse fish
Many course fishing anglers are obsessed with carp and think that the only way to catch one is to camp by the side of a large lake that’s known to contain monsters. They fish with three rods, a rig of bite alarms, and cast their baits into oblivion. And they’re fundamentally wrong. Lakes, ponds and rivers are full of beautiful fish that are worthy of anyone’s attention, so let’s hear it for roach, rudd, crucian carp, perch, bream chub and barbel.
Most fish can be caught under your rod tip
The biggest fish that many anglers ever catch will take a bait fished at their feet, so there’s no need to acquire competition-standard casting skills or spend loads of money on an expensive set up. Keep it simple lads.
Once you’re hooked, other sports will be spoiled
It doesn’t happen to everyone, but sometimes, when a new angler is making their way to the river from the car park, or at the bank tackling up, or watching a trout sip flies from the surface, or hearing the ‘cloop’ of a carp doing the same, there’s a switch – it’s deep inside all of us – that just gets flipped. That’s it. Suddenly you’re an angler and no matter how many times you go fishing you’ll want to go again and no matter how many fish you catch it’ll never be enough. You’re hooked on course fishing