A Very Pleasant Surprise Indeed From Today’s Angling Session

I go out fishing as much as I can, and even if it’s just a short session, it ticks the box and that’s good enough for me.

After a number of lure trips so far this month, that have been more miss than hit, I fancied some brook fishing today.

Although I’ve enjoyed my stickleback stalking very much this year, I targeted a different venue this time.

I have fished there before but it has been some time. I have caught lots of small roach on previous trips, with one or two surprises along the way.

That was the case today, when after catching a tiny chub, I hooked into a much bigger fish. After a feisty battle, I slipped it into the net.

I’ve actually caught very few chub from there in the past, today that’s all I had, albeit just two fish.

Although it’s much wider and deeper than the stickleback venue, it’s still a brook. I do enjoy the challenge of these tiny, intimate waterways.

As you can see from the tackle list below, my rod approach was different. I thought I’d give it a go and it’s perfect.

At just six feet, it’s ideal for small, overgrown brooks. Plus, it has some backbone if required, like today.

If you’re interested in my brook fishing adventures, here are all the related blog entries.

Today, I fished with a Greys G Lite spinning rod (4-8lb) and a Shimano DL2500FA reel.

Loaded with 4lb Maxima Chameleon, as per the video, the other route I went down was the 1lb 6oz Ultima Virage fluorocarbon.

I used a 1/4 ounce bomb, as we had some rain yesterday, so there was a slight pull as I cast in.

The Chameleon went straight through to a Drennan Super Specialist size 16 hook, and in the case of the Ultima, there were two loop-to-loop knots.

Hook lengths were created by a 5mm bead and a size 6 shot.

I fished with single maggot and loose fed several into each swim.