Mas­sive Trent catch Try the tac­tics which banked a huge haul of bream

Feeder tac­tics take huge haul of bream from Bri­tain’s most pro­lific river

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News ed­i­tor

“I was even get­ting bites be­fore the feeder had a chance to hit the deck”

“IF I hadn’t bro­ken around 20 hook­links on the snags I would have smashed the river record out of sight,” said match fish­ing ace Paul Gould­ing, fol­low­ing an amaz­ing con­test on the Trent.

As it was, Paul still came ag­o­nis­ingly close to the five-hour tar­get when he banked a catch weigh­ing 177lb 7oz.

He was fish­ing a swim that he de­scribed as be­ing ‘four feet deep with five feet of fish’ dur­ing a con­test on the fa­mous water­way at Holme Marsh.

The clas­sic com­bi­na­tion of a ground­bait feeder teamed with a worm hook­bait saw him hook a fish on his very first cast, and from the on the Daiwa Dons an­gler from Work­sop never looked back.

“I knew I was on the right peg, es­pe­cially when I net­ted 10 bream in as many casts. I was even get­ting bites be­fore the feeder had a chance to hit the deck,” Paul told Angling Times.

“It was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. This guy car­ry­ing a deck chair came up and parked him­self be­hind me. He told me he fishes the river all the time, and he said ‘you don’t mind if I sit be­hind you, do you?’

“I said ‘not at all, but can you do me a favour and go and bor­row an­other net off of some­one… and he kindly did just that.”

But it wasn’t all plain sail­ing for Paul, as an un­der­wa­ter snag cost the loss of what he es­ti­mates to be more than 20 fish

Had he landed those he would have smashed the cur­rent five­hour River Trent record that stands at 192lb 8oz and was taken by Mick Vials in Au­gust last year.

De­spite the frus­tra­tion, Paul stuck with his trusty feeder rig in through­out the match in or­der to keep the bites com­ing.

It con­sisted of a 6lb Daiwa main­line, a 4lb hook­link and a size 14 Dren­nan Su­per Spade.

A feeder packed with ground­bait and chopped worms with a sin­gle den­drobaena on the hook saw him land more than 50 bream in the in­cred­i­ble catch, which is his big­gest ever from a river.

“There’s no doubt in my mind I would have had over 250lb if I hadn’t had to con­tend with that snag, but how can you com­plain about a day’s fish­ing like that?” Paul con­tin­ued.

“The guy who sat be­hind me who I talked about ear­lier said he’d never seen any­thing like it be­fore, and I speak for both of us when I say that nei­ther of us prob­a­bly ever will again.”

GROUND­BAIT FEEDER This feeder rig is sim­ple to tie, with a link swivel run­ning on 6lb main­line, and stopped by a quick change bead. The hook­link can there­fore be changed rapidly, im­por­tant in snaggy swims. QUICK CHANGE BEAD Th­ese handy lit­tle gad­gets are pop­u­lar with river and still­wa­ter an­glers alike. They come in two parts which push to­gether, and not only cush­ion any­thing above them, but en­able rapid hook­link changes. GROUND­BAIT FEEDER This sim­ple open-ended feeder is packed with chopped worm – worm and caster is an­other favourite for big-river bream. The feeder is plugged ei­ther end with ground­bait.

Paul Gould­ing – close to Trent match best.

HOOK­LINK The hook­link con­sists of 4lb mono tied to a size 14 Dren­nan Su­per Spade hook. This is baited with a sin­gle den­drobaena, and Paul’s rig took more than 50 bream, with many more lost to the snags.

Holme Marsh, scene of Paul’s amaz­ing catch.

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