Just a quick post tonight about my first session pole fishing, down Stanton FC’s Nutbrook Canal.
I never really fancied fishing the pole before, but having spoken to the match anglers at Stanton I began warming to the idea. I found a cheap pole in Dragon Carp and bought a few pole rigs. I was all set for my first session.
I was really surprised how difficult it is to handle a pole, especially if all you have done is used rod and reel before. The pole I had was an 11m pole, not the longest by any means.
I quickly learnt how difficult it was to ship in and out, to handle the pole in a cross wind and by god!! How heavy the cheap ones are, my shoulders and biceps were aching for hours after.
I also found that with the little fish, I kept bouncing them off when I shipped the pole backwards, the pole tip bouncing all over the place combined with the elastic and barbless hooks seem to be the problem.
Pole fishing is harder than I thought, the poles are very heavy, the technique of shipping in and out quickly and smoothly can be hard, I didn’t have any pole rollers which probably didn’t help.
Accuracy seems to be much better, placing the hook bait directly over the feed seemed to bring a lot more fish than I would have usually caught at the Nutbrook Canal.