This was another Friday afternoon – evening trip. We were joined by Anthony Sullivan (of Hook, Line & Sinker fishing guide fame). The aim of this trip was to try out different baits and try for some new species. Anthony wanted to sample the pond with a view to bringing charter clients here for some decent freshwater fishing. So, the baits to be used included:
- Live-bait, including goldfish
- Pork luncheon meat
- Palm oil seeds
- Variety of soft plastics and plugs
When I arrived, Ben Urlwin had just been broken off and was soon into another fish (Amazon Redtail) as I was setting up – the fish took ledgered live-bait. I set up a float and dropped a live-bait by the pipes at Post 6 whilst I set up a spinning rod for lure fishing and another float rod for carp. I periodically ground-baited sweetcorn in front of the post. Meanwhile, the other anglers arrived and started fishing the restaurant at Post 5, with a variety of baits – live goldfish, chicken livers and palm oil seeds.
My live-bait wasn’t being touched at the pipes. Ben, however, picked up another good cat on live-bait. I had a good half hour spinning, trying a variety of lures, without a touch, including fishing to the south near the aerators. I then returned to my live-bait and picked up a reasonable cat out in the middle of the pond.
Down at post 5 Steve got an Alligator Garfish on the goldfish livie.
Encouraged, and with a fish already under my belt, I returned to spinning a soft plastic and almost immediately hooked up a decent fish, as soon as my lure hit the water – my first Alligator Garfish, unfortunately foul hooked.
After a few more casts, I decided to try floating sweetcorn as I’d noticed a lot of activity where I’d been ground-baiting. I soon hooked up a nice Jelawat.
It was now late afternoon, and I settled down to bait fish, first live bait and then fish heads near the restaurant for catfish. Anthony had had one bite on boilies, then picked up a Jelawat on palm oil seed. But the magic bait seemed to be pork luncheon meat – the Amazon Redtail Catfish were in a frenzy for it – in the couple of hours fished after dark, Anthony went into double figures on Amazon Cats, including a nice 18lb fish:
I picked up a further 3 catfish – I had one take on live-bait that I missed, but took all of the others on fish heads. Interestingly, fish head appears to be better than livies for the Amazon Cats …….!!
My finally tally was:
- 4 Amazon Redtail Catfish
- 1 Alligator Garfish
- 1 Jelawat
The group total catch numbered well over 20 fish, with 3 different species caught.