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Fishing in Ponds & Pools
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Fishing in ponds and pools at the beginning of springponds
At the beginning of spring the rivers are still cold. On the other hand stillwater heats up more quickly in the sun. All the same you have to find a good place to fish, have the right ground bait and the right technique…

In ponds and pools fish become active as soon as the sun begins to heat the water. Rivers do not heat up so quickly.

Places exposed to the sun and sheltered from cold winds are preferable. Fishing is more difficult with winds from the east and north whatever the season, and winds from the west and south are more favourable. The lighter the wind the better the fishing. The angler should position himself with his back to the wind and fish where the surface is smooth. Of course south facing spots are the best but at this time of the year it is more a question of the most sheltered spot. The use of a large parasol which helps to reduce the effects of the wind will make life more comfortable for the angler, and appropriate clothing which gives protection from the wind is necessary.

The angler should settle down quietly taking care not to make any quick or sudden movements. The spot should be prospected carefully and there should not be too many reeds.

Next, well coloured ground bait should be applied (special mixtures for ponds and artificial lakes are excellent). As these mixtures are rich in breadcrumbs they should be normally moistened and left to rest for thirty minutes, the breadcrumbs will have expanded and the moistening can be completed if necessary. The ground bait should be sifted in order to remove large pieces which fill up the fish too quickly. The balls should be the size of an orange and 5 or 6 should be thrown in where fishing is to take place. The wind can be a problem: with the angler’s back to the wind the surface current is towards the centre of the pond and the current on the bottom will be in the opposite direction. Consequently you will need to fish further in from where the ground bait is thrown in as the current will move it slightly towards the bank The balls should be moderately compacted. Afterwards nut sized pieces should be thrown in between bites.

The equipment should be strong but simple. The rod should be 5 to 11,5 metres in length according to the choice of the angler and the place…. Pole elastic is a real advantage as large fish can turn up. The float should be fusiform (the wind can get up) and the float tip must be visible (several colours if possible). If the sun is low watching the float can become quite difficult so sun glasses can prevent excessive fatigue. A 10/100 main line should be sufficient at this time of year, the leader should be 7 or 8/100. The hook should be a n° 20 with a pinky, maggot or sandworm for bait. Grouped weight consists of an olivette or even better several soft weights which can be spread out if necessary. A small weight should be placed at the end of the leader.

The angler should start by fishing at about ten centimetres from the bottom. After that it is a question of tactics : if the fish take the bait as it sinks (the float does not immediately take on a vertical position or comes up) the weights should be spaced out, taken off the bottom and groundbait should be thrown in. On the other hand, from time to time the angler should return to the bottom and, if the fish are there, group the weights.

Bernard Breton
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