Posted by Aqua Products Monday 22nd May, 2017
My Spring


It seemed to take an age to get here but once it did the Spring treated me really well, everything happened together and the relative go slow of winter turned into a really busy period.



My own personalfishing was testing, Fishing a northern gravel pit, the early spring saw me mostly fishing zigs or over very small amounts of bait and trying to stay mobile. I have to be honest and say I've been unsuccessful in this venture so far, however I’m sure things will change as the year moves on. On a more positive note I have fished a new water, Kellets which is on the Clearwater complex in northern Lancashire. Kellets is a new water I’ll be running beginner carp fishing tuition on in the future and so it made sense for me to get to grips with it myself. I had a great time on my 24h trip, catching eight fish up to 25lbs on simple tactics. Casting small pva mesh bags of pellet to a firm area of silt towards the far margin.



The start of the spring heralds the start of my coarse fishing tuition. Each year I help various anglers to brush up their coarse fishing skills. I also work with people who are fishing for the first time, helping them to get acquainted with a new sport is a privilege. I run a children’s session on Saturday mornings and we’re now up and running for this year. The Kids Club is open to children aged 6 to 16 years old and we try to help them to learn a few basic angling skills in a positive, friendly and safe environment where having fun is one of our top priorities! The youngsters float fish with maggots, which keeps me busy! I strongly believe that fishing should be fun, having said that I try to sneak as much education into the Kids Club sessions as I can without the kids realising they are learning!



The warmer weather has seen my carp tuition bookings become increasingly busy too. In fact I’ve just returned from the Linear complex in Oxfordshire where I’ve been conducting a 48 hour tutorial for a young chap called Jack. Jack wanted to learn to fish accurately at over 70 yards, he wanted to learn a few new rigs, brush his casting skills up and get to grips with spod and marker kit. We chose to fish Smiths and Hardwick on the complex as it offers a feature packed lake and a realistic chance of a bite or two. The session went really well with Jack landing nine fish up to 23lb 7oz and setting his new personal best in the process. The Smiths and Hardwick fish are really lovely looking specimens and the lake is definitely one of my favourites venues to fish in both my own fishing and on tuition. Jack and I employed the spod rod to bait a plateaux at around 85 yards with a mixture of pellet and particle and then fish Krill wafters over the top on simple blow back rigs. I have lots of carp tuition bookings in my diary and so as the year moves forward I’m sure I’ll be able to update you as to how they are going.



I’d like to finish this time by talking about the two UK shows that Aqua Products attend. The Northern Angling Show and The Big One were brilliant again this year and on behalf of everyone at Aqua I’d like to say thank you if you came over and had a chat, bought a lovely new shelter or some luggage, checked out the new Gear Guide, marvelled at the new Staxx system or the DPM3 bivvy, or just said hello. We all had a blast! I really enjoy the shows, they're hard work but it’s great to talk to fellow anglers and gain their feedback on everything Aqua. I know there's quite a few new products on the horizon too, keep your eyes peeled for them as I know they will be well received! 

Cheers Stromrod.




Andy Ormrod


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