Words and Picture by Stuart Forsdike:
This weekend I approached a new water. I d didn’t have time to grab the actual fishing rods but with a few hours spare I thought I would take the marker down and do as much homework as possible to get a good head start. On arriving at the water there were only 3 anglers. All in the deeper water (or so they told me). obviously not wanting to disturb them I worked my way round the lake looking for areas of silt or gravel and holes in old weed as well as depths etc.
This blog was meant to be about doing your homework but it turned into something a bit different. With a strong wind blowing into the deeper area of the lake most anglers were bivvy bound or seeking shelter. Whilst I worked my way round the lake I scared numerous fish with the marker rod. The fish were shoaled up in the shallower water (only 2ft) indeed it would have been the last place I would have expected to find them. It goes to show how important fish location is. There is no point sitting behind rods fishing blind when the fish are not in those areas.
Finding the fish is the biggest tip I can ever give anyone. If the fish aren’t in front of you, you can’t catch them!