Killykeen Forest Park, Foxholes - 27th May 2012
The first day the group had decided to fish within Killykeen Forest Park at a spot know as the Foxholes. Paul and the rest of the group had fished here before and the lure of some irish tench proved too much.
Foxholes is accessed via a forestry road which can be closed without notice, so be warned.
I opted to set up the following to tackle my swim:
- Pole at 12 metres with 7' depth (top 3)
- 10' Bomb Rod with a running cage feeder at 40 turns
- Waggler rod to fish shallow at beyond pole range
The feeder was recast every 10 minutes for the first hour to get some bait on the deck and I would then leave it for 20 minutes or until a bite.
Bites were not coming very quickly at all, in fact all the lads were struggling.
After a biteless 90 minutes I tried the pole line which saw some limited success with a couple of small roach/bream hybrids coming to the net.
It was proving a very tough day and while the weather was great for getting a sun tan, the bright sun and cloudless sky wasn't helping the fishing.
We all packed up around 4pm and went to weight our meagre catches in...
I weight 1lb 9oz which was top weight of the day, Paul weight 1lb 7oz and the others had around one pound, with the exception of Glynn and Bernard who both blanked...
Being a natural venue, watercraft plays a lot bigger part. If the fish are not there and not willing to feed then there is not a lot that you can do apart from trying to find them. We would be returning the next day on the same swims, so hopefully the catches would be better tomorrow.
|Fred waiting for the tip to fly round...|
|Bernard with his unique wave|
|Glynn also on the tip|
|Paul baring all on the pole|
|Malcolm and his normal exuberance|