Bob Nudd Masterclass - Decoy Lakes, Whittlesey, 16th July 2011
Bob was kind enough to bring along all the bait we would need for the day which consisted of Van Den Eynde 4mm & 6mm Carp pellets with both natural and halibut jellets for hookbait
|Potting in 6mm Pellets|
It wasn't long before knocks on the float and I hooked the first fish of the day a lovely mirror carp of around a 1.5lb.
The fish weren't settling and I'd foul hooked a number of fish, so Bob suggested that now the fish were here we needed to get them settled on the bottom as "up in the water" fishing in these conditions didn't look like it would work. Bob changed my small pole pot for the largest and we potted in a full pot of 6mm pellets. After 5 minutes the fish settled on the feed and it was game on...
I started on the natural jellets while Mark started on the Halibut Jellets and his fish were of a better quality, so I switch to the Halibuts and that did increase the catch rate.
|Bob and Mark retrieving the infamous Umbrella Fish|
I was suffering from more foul hookers than Mark, which resulted in a couple of lost fish. Mark landed a lovely carp of around 6lb and the Barbel were running well in my swim.
Bob was excellent, almost school teacher like keeping his eyes on the two naughty boys in the class, reminding us to feed if we hadn't already, watching the bites and giving a running commentary of what was more than likely happening below the surface.
|Lovely Koi/Ghost Carp|
I quickly pulled out the pellet waggler rod and attached a 1oz bomb to it. Bob used this to hook the brolly, with both Mark and myself using a landing net each we eventually saw the umbrella coming back from the depths... it was hilarious.
Just as the umbrella was out of the water, Mark's top kit went flying in the lake at high speed. It wasn't baited but did have a Carp Maggot red hook on it... Bob calmly used the rod he had previously retrived the umbrella with to recover the top section, fish still attached. The culprit? A small barbel, which I landed and Mark then put in his net ;-)
As the day progressed the stamp of fish got better. I landed two nice barbel at 4lb each and a lovely Koi/Ghost Mirror carp.
With the better weather, Bob managed to get some more action shots for us.
|Mark gets the victory with a 100lb net|
The day with Bob was the best days fishing that Mark and I had experienced. Bob's knowledge, passion for angling and the thrill of seeing the fish for the first time shines through, he is a true gentleman of the sport. He gave us lots of little tips, coaching and guidance throughout the day mixed in with amusing stories and of course the banter between Mark and myself.
For any readers thinking of booking a day with Bob, I can tell you it's a fantastic experience.
Finally thanks to Bob Nudd MBE for a very memorable day and to Mum and Mike for the present.
Link to Bob Nudd's website