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Peter Growns with a nice pole caught FBF common carp.

The continuing weather pattern trends producing frozen spells, followed by milder, windier and ultimately wetter periods, contributes to make everyday life a real challenge through the dark winter days. As this very much seems to be the trend over recent years we all need to adapt and accommodate to it to get the best from our chosen sport.

Silverfish sport continues to surprise

Having made the above statement it has to be said that, the brave souls that have made the effort to get out on the bank at FBF have been richly rewarded. The silverfish sport on this wonderful venue continues to surprise, inspire and excel. Roach shoals are in most pegs and simple short pole, waggler or feeder tactics will provide active sport from these hardy willing foe. Casters, maggots and hemp are the staple baits, feed a little and often to keep the fish in your peg and actively hunting the feed. The hybrid’s and skimmers are often not far away from the roach shoals (although normally a little further out from the bank). The best way to target these is the long pole or feeder with groundbait and micro pellets as your base feed and then 4mm expander pellets, corn or maggots the best bait alternatives. There are a few bigger bream in with these shoals along with the odd ‘out of season’ tench, and carp. Get things right and an a fantastic days sport is on the cards, sure to keep you warm and wanting more.

Graham Bridger with a nice FBF feeder caught Bream

Graham Bridger with a nice FBF feeder caught Bream

This is the typical stamp of hybrid available on the venue.

This is the typical stamp of hybrid available on the venue.

Carp still feeding well

Carp sport has been, predictably, a little slower. Although they have fed well in spells, interestingly! The December open match was won by Keith Lewis with a bag of 3 pole caught carp to 17lb for a collective 31lb total. The key at the moment seems to be to fish the earlier (wider, deeper) pegs as the fish appear to have moved out of the shallower waters around the island.

Cell boilies get good results

Steve Newell visited from Eastbourne recently for an active day session. He fished the far bank margins with Cell boilies and landed a 13lb 12oz common along with several smaller examples. Steve used a PVA stick mixed with crushed boilie and this may have given him the edge on a very cold day that saw sheets of ice floating down the center of the lake!

Jonny Watt with a quality ‘organic’ FBF F1 hybrid.

Jonny Watt with a quality ‘organic’ FBF F1 hybrid.

Bream and quality roach

Frank journeyed from Hastings and was rewarded with a great winter day’s sport. Frank fished the method feeder from the dam end with small boilies as hookbait. He caught an 11lb common along with a 6lb example with plenty of bream and some quality roach. Well done Frank, top return in the conditions.

Another quality hybrid is netted.

Another quality hybrid is netted.

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