Bob Nudd Masterclass - Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, 14th October 2017
|The Window Feeder|
- Cleaning worms - grab the worms out of the bag and put on a maggot riddle, wash them of with a little water and discard any worms that are dead or not very lively. Leaves them extremely clean ready for chopping
- Chopping sweetcorn - leaves a lovely cloud with different size particles in the swim
|The first fish coming to the net...|
Next part of the masterclass was casting, settling the rig and pulling it into the feed area. The rig we set up a fixed paternoster is pretty much tangle free however you have to make sure you hit your line clip. Once the clip was hit, keeping the rod high to see when the feeder had hit the bottom and keeping a watch for bites straight away as the hooklength is falling through the water. Normally any bites during this phase would be from roach or hybrids taking the bait on the drop.
The next phase of the cast was to bring the rod down to the rod rest and on your knee still maintaining a bend in the quiver tip watching for bites all the time and then to tighten up to the feeder.
Once the rod is settled, leaving the rig for a few minutes before slowly lifting the rod and pulling back around a metre or the length of the hook length and then resettling the rod.
If after around 5 minutes, no bites time to recast and repeat the process. A lot easier to do it with instruction than to actually write it down!
|Over the moon with the first fish, it was a clonker!|
Braid certainly has a lot more feel than monofilament and I could feel every pull and twist from the big bream at the end of the line. Hearing the noise of the leader knot moving through the rod rings and a beautiful bream of 5-6lb graced the net. I was overjoyed!
A few more casts and another drop back bite resulted in an even bigger fish estimated around 7lb which would be my new personal best however it wasn't weighed separately.
|The best fish of the day|
The next hour was very quiet so we tried changing the hook bait to a worm tipped with maggot or back onto dead red maggot. Bob commented that he was very surprised we weren't getting pestered by any smaller fish when using double live maggot.
Finally the tip nudged slightly and lifting into the bite another good fish was on. During the retrieve I felt the rig catch the zebra mussels and then everything went slack. This time the hooklength had been cut. To try and clear the snag next time I would get a bite or retrieve the rig I'd stand up to provide a little extra height.
The day zoomed by. I had a total of 10 bites all day however landed 8 fish for around 25lb. Mark had 4 fish next door which we think was due to using monofilament rather than braid as all my bites were more like roach bites according to Bob.
A great day with Bob, he is a true gent has vast amounts of knowledge and likes to have a good laugh too, book a day with him at BobNudd.com you won't regret it!
Conclusion - What I learnt...
- Leaving as much of the hook showing to increase hook up rate
- Use barbed hooked when allowed
- Casting and ensuring you hit your line clip to reduce the risk of tangles
- Keeping the line tight on the rig throughout the cast watching for bites on the drop
- Moving the feeder to encourage a bite
- Striking using braid is a simple lift due to the directness and lack of line stretch
- Use of the window feeder to get particles into the swim
- Fishing with the rod on your knee ready for the bites
- If the wind is from left to right, cast over your right shoulder to minimise the risk of the rig tangling (wind right to left, cast over your head and left shoulder)