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Fishing Weekend Using the Single Hookbait Approach

With the weekend starting to close in, it was time to put my work boots away. It was time to think about heading out to the local lake for a round of fishing. While I was deciding whether or not to do it, I received a call from my buddy across the pond, in France. He mentioned the beautiful fish that were caught over the past week and how it was time to join in on the fun. Without hesitation, I was ready to go and knew it was best to head out as soon as possible.

My Mini Getaway

I rushed home after a gruelling Friday at work and made sure to prep as best as I could. This meant taking out my wonderful Nash Dwarf kit while also making sure the equipment was ready to go (i.e. my Nash Scope Bivvy). The planning stage went by without worry and quite quickly, I was ready to head out on a 2-hour trip on the Eurostar for a mini carp fishing holiday in France with accommodation, which had me all giddy inside!

Setting Up

As soon as I arrived there, I knew it was a great decision as I spoke to the local anglers and their opinions on the fish. They were making the same claims as my friend stating there were plenty of fish. However, I noticed not a lot of them were heading to the bottom of the lake and only seemed to be focussed on the top end. This is when I started moving around as other anglers set up their overnight positions. I wanted to make sure my point of view was unobstructed and I was able to prepare for a good round of fishing. This is when I positioned myself closer to the centre of the lake as it provided a great view. I learned a lot from the local anglers. While talking to them, I also made sure to focus on what was in front of me even though the lake was quiet. I knew it was a risk to set up where I did but it also came with a big reward if it paid off. It was sometime around this point in the day when I noticed a fish jump out. It was closer to the other end of the lake. This is when I made sure to prep because it was time to dig in.

The Wait

As soon as I got to the place where I had seen the fish jump out, there was a massive amount of water in the area. I knew this was all mine because no one was anywhere near me. They were all focussed on other areas. I was trying to stay as calm as possible while making sure my approach was a success. This is when I knew it was time to use bait as a way to draw the fish in. I ended up using the Nash Ctiruz pop-up because it was going to work better than the other options. I also went with the Cray pop-up at the same time for my right-hand rod. As I set these up, I was ready to settle in and wait until something locked in. It wasn’t smooth sailing as most of the night went without action. The few bites that were made didn’t work out at all and petered out quickly. I still felt confident about what was happening and felt it was only a matter of time. This is when I put up the new bivvy and sat back.

The Result!

It wasn’t until the next morning when I started to see a change in how things were going. There were a few questions about whether or not the fish were there but I had to keep going. I didn’t have to think long because the left-hand rod locked in. It was time to take action because there was a considerable amount of pressure on the other end. I had to negotiate through the weed beds while making sure there was enough pressure to keep the fish in place. While it wasn’t the biggest fish in the world, it was still a great catch because I was looking at a zip linear. It was one of those situations where the weekend trip did end up working out as intended. I had a lot of fun and the catch was good!

What to Prepare for a Successful Fishing Trip With Kids

Kids nowadays, with their endless technological options for fun and entertainment, sadly, don’t find the outdoors too attractive as compared to video games like Fortnite . If you’re struggling to pry them off of their phones and computer screens then a family fishing trip would be a fantastic way to cultivate their passion for outdoor adventure. It’s a beautiful way to spend some quality time with your kids and most kids would love the experience of pulling their very own fish out of the water (if they catch any).

Why “if they catch any”?

I say this because kids would like to be able to catch something to call it a success. But as adults, we all know that fishing isn’t about catching a fish, it’s all about the trip; the practical lessons we learn from it like patience and persistence, the feeling of belongingness to this world that only nature can provide and best of all, the time for us to relax – to detach ourselves from the stress of daily living and technology.

Dad and son fishing

We’d like our children to have fun and enjoy their fishing trips and the first step to doing this is to encourage them. So here are the things to prepare for to make you and your children call their trip a success:

  1. Food and Drinks: How much you will carry depends on how long the trip will be and how much you can carry but remember this, your kids’ and your appetite will be enhanced by the sea air and water activity so be sure to take as much as you can. Be sure to bring in nuts and seeds too as they’re a great way to pass the time while waiting for something to reel in and/or while exchanging stories. Here’s a few examples:
  • Homemade Beef/Deer Jerky
  • Almonds/Sunflower Seeds/Peanuts
  • Granola Bars
  • Lots of Water
  1. Quality Clothing: Probably the most important decision to make for fishing trips. You don’t want your kids to shivering when it’s too cold or scalding when it’s hot. Here’s what to bring depending on the weather:

Cold Climate

  • Rain Gear: It’s easy to get soaked especially during a heavy downpour so  be sure to buy quality rain gear like the Wallrest Poncho to keep yourselves dry
  • Heavy Jacket: heavy jackets are life-savers especially after a cold snap and comes handy during a long morning boat ride
  • Socks, Hats and Gloves: It’s recommended you get insulated hats and gloves and possibly wool socks for additional warmth as it’s important to keep your feet, hands and your head warm not to freeze out there.

Warm Climate

  • Hat and Sunglasses: It reduces the glare of the sun against the water which allows you to spot fish easier as well as protect your face, neck and ears from the harsh sun
  • Sunscreens: Basically, these protect you from harmful UV rays and a sun burn which will be a problem when you’re nowhere near a hospital
  • Rain Jackets: These allow you to continue with your trip in any case of a downpour rather than turning back and spoiling the whole trip. Buying a Wallrest or a pair of Frogg Toggs will do the trick.

  1. First Aid Kit: It’s always recommended you carry an emergency kit to treat minor wounds such as cuts, scratches, insect bites, and headaches. Don’t forget your medications if you’re taking any.

 

  1. Equipment: It’s a fishing trip and it can only be successful if you have your rods, reels, lines and lures with you. These are the basic pieces of equipment every fisherman should have. One tip though is to provide your kids with easy-to-use equipment – there are a variety of simple poles available which are designed specifically for kids at a young age.