Woodstock Pond – a Festival of Fish

Woodstock Pond in Newport is a lovely established lake next door to School Pond and Morgan’s Pool. All part of Newport Angling Association’s fishery complex on the outskirts of leafy Newport. Regular readers (all 7 of you) will know, that I recently smashed school pond to pieces on the waggler(click here).Woodstock pond is a mixed coarse lake reputed to have a few carp to around 20lb, tench, some big bream and skimmers as well as the usual silvers.

The day I fished, turned out to be a real scorcher, luckily, I had packed the world’s sportiest sunglasses just in case of a a rare Welsh day such as this. A day where the sun actually permeates through the seemingly ever constant band of thick grey cloud.My usual set-up for this kind of fishing  tends to consist of my Jon Wilson Quiver – a great rod, Drennan Red Range Reel – a great budget fixed spool, loaded with 6 pound line with a 15gram Drennan method feeder and pre tied 4 lb Guru Method feeder rigs on the end.

Gracing the bait bucket on the day were my old favourites Dynamite Baits 8mm Robin Red pre-drilled of course, a bag of mixed pellet from Cwmbran tackle; view their wares here, a tub of corn , and Dynamites Bait Feeder X ground-bait and fans favourite artificial corn. After last weekends escapades, maggots had been firmly banned by Caitlin.

I didn’t put in any free offerings at the start of my session as the sun was really blazing down and I didn’t feel the fish would be feeding heavily. Also using the method at range, I felt that I might be better off keeping my free offerings all in wrapped up in one tidy little package. I mixed the feeder X with the corn juice and some corn and mixed pellets. Then I slowly added little bits of lake water until I had reached a suitable consistency. I started with just a fake corn on the hair rig to try and entice more bites whilst the swim was getting going. At the start of the session I made the decision to concentrate purely on fishing tight to the island, and for once I was going to stick with this spot. After the first cast it took a few minutes before the rod tip started twitching, it suddenly looped around and we were into the first fish of the day a lovely little F1.

 

For the whole day the fishing was bite a chuck with a mixture of F1s and small commons being the order of the day. The fish were in the 1-3lb bracket. I eventually moved onto robin red pellet topped with artificial corn to try and entice some larger fish. This technique was semi successful and the stamp of fish did improve steadily throughout the day. All in all it was a great days fishing and I managed to land around 25 fish to put together a good weight by the end of the day. Next port of call is to return with a keep net and scales and see if I can put together a bag of 50lb. Potential quest?

 

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