Challenging Times – Martyn Davies

March, so what can I say about it other than it’s been cold, frosty and extremely hard on the fishing front with 2 heavy downfalls of the white stuff in as little as 3 weeks it has certainly made even sometimes just day to day activities an absolute bloody mission!! Let’s hope that the Beast doesn’t return to complete the hat-trick anytime soon!

But with the evenings slowly starting to gain extra minutes of daylight as each week passes, Wednesdays see me head over to my dad’s after work for some grub and a catch up so I decided that I will pack the absolute essentials into the car each week and nick just a couple of hours on a local little park lake that’s on the way. So leaving straight from work at 4pm and pulling off the lake just on dark this gives me a couple of hours to chuck the rods out between horrendous conditions but still giving me a fishy fix even if they weren’t playing ball. Sitting in a stuffy office all day it’s nice to just get out, clear the head and lungs whilst having the chance at catching one along the way and by scaling down and being extra prepared I can be set-up or packed down within minutes.

If you have been following me on my social media recently you would have noticed that mid-March I was due to take part in a 48hr match. I had a ton of stuff to sort out, Bait to prep, rigs to tie and living in a one bed flat it wasn’t the easiest of tasks but still, match weekend had arrived and it was time to put all the banter over the week leading up to the event into action. We came 6th choice of swim which wasn’t good nor bad but we felt happy with what we had in front of us to play with over the course of the weekend. So with my lucky penny and baiting approach that I had in mind the hours of daylight slowly passed and we did see one show just on dark which was encouraging as the start of any match is always pressured with leads, spombs and just general bankside disturbance so to see one show in our area of water left us going into the night knowing at least a fish was in the vicinity. My hookbaits of choice going on a previous match at the venue last year were to be The Juice Dumbells in 10mm alternating the colours until I found out what worked and the NEW Dumbells in the pellet colour on the other. I felt I could cover a lot of options this way and fishing one rod as a roving rod I wouldn’t be leaving masses of bait everywhere if I wanted to re-cast regularly. I had decided from the off that one rod would continually see bait over the course of the weekend and this would be Triple-N Boilies crushed and crumbed, maggots (Dead and alive) with a generous squirt of the Triple-N Stick Mix liquid. I felt this would give off loads of attraction not much bulky food content and may just may catch a carp’s attention if any were to patrol the island.

Saturday morning proved this right as around 7am I received a real twitchy take and to my dis-belief I was bent into a fish which at first I genuinely thought it was a Tench but doing battle and using every trick in the book to break my heart but we finally had a Mirror slipped into the net! I had broken the blank spell, bagged my first fish of 2018 and we were on the scoreboard! Whoooooopp whhoopppppppp!! This one slipped up to The Juice Pellet Wafter which is always encouraging when you are using a new bait for the first time and have been lightly glugged with the Hemp Oil for a good couple of weeks. I always like to glug my hookbaits for as long as possible to allow them to soak up as much as possible giving maximum leakage and attraction whilst sat amongst any free offerings.

In the sling and hoisted onto the scales this deceiving block of ice went 20lb15oz and was more than welcome on a very fresh Saturday morning. I was over the moon at finally breaking the blank and getting off the mark for the year as I can honestly say winter has been a test beyond belief. I’m now hoping the run will continue and this is a sign of things to come! My take on the match and how I approached channel talking bait, tactics and everything else in between it can be viewed over on my YouTube so go check it out HERE 

It’s now the last week of March and I have just returned from my second show of the year The Big One where it was great to meet so many of you and talk all things carpy, Thanks for popping by and don’t forget if you bag yourself any fish on any of the bait that I or the other guys may have sold you make sure you send it over to the Bait-Tech Carp Scene Facebook page and we will happily share your success. So with Wednesday 4pm in sight and the long weekend nearly upon us I will be heading out to  purchase my club ticket for the upcoming season, eat chocolate, chocolate and obviously more chocolate and hopefully go walk it all off with Ziggy around some of my target lakes for the year! If you have made it this far thank you for still being awake but on a serious note, Enjoy your weekend and most importantly stay safe! Go bag a biggy! Until next month…

Tight Lines

Martyn Davies

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