DAVE WOOD Tknowledge
Age: 30 Favourite Venue: Southern syndicate UK PB: 41lb 10oz he syndicate that I have been fishing this season, is one that I have fished on and off for several years now. Therefore I have built up
of which types of weed grow and in which parts of the lake each one thrives in. Throughout the year the different weeds and weed growth in the lake constantly change, resulting in my methods used to fish throughout the year changing as well.
At the beginning of this spring, when the lake started to warm up, the silk weed was the first to become active on the lake bed. Wherever I could find this fresh growth seemed to be winning areas, as it held an abundance of natural food sources.
Moving into April/may and the start of this year’s heatwave and the weed in the shallower end of the lake started to grow vigorously, but wasn’t unfishable with the right techniques. On a particular day I found the fish feeding in the fresh tassel pondweed and the first thing I did was to collect some of the weed with a gripper-style lead to obtain the length of the weed that the fish were feeding in. This then allowed me to fish my chod rig at the right length and the beads at the correct distance from the lead.
In recent weeks the weed types that were growing in the spring have died back and Canadian pondweed has started to become the dominant species of weed in the lake. A tool that I have used in recent years is the Deeper Pro Plus to inform me of the height of the weed and to help identify areas of low lying weed. This allows me to start pre-baiting and allowing the fish to keep these areas free of the Canadian pondweed. These areas that did have fairly thick weed growing have now been completely cleared by the fish and are now a regular source of action for me.
Don’t be scared of fishing in the weed, do some research on the types of weed and their life cycle that are present and, with your own techniques, this information will allow you to stay one step ahead.
IMAGES1 - A new PB, landed from a weedy southern syndicate earlier this year 2 - Weedy venues can provide you with great sport, given a little thought to your approach 1