As things began to warm up through the start of February, so did the fishing. The fish didn’t really show much more, but the activity around the baited area certainly increased. I started to receive liners and knew pretty much when the takes would come. With daytime temperatures up to 12 or 13 degrees on occasions, I made sure to see the bank as much as I could. With some further new stock fish being added to the lake, it seemed to have woken the lake’s larger fish.
With the increase in action, I played around with the rigs slightly, switching between the pop-ups and bottom baits. It soon became apparent that the fish seemed to prefer a small white tipper on a wafting hook bait, rather than the more blatant pink heaven. Presenting this bang in the middle of the spot, I would bait sparingly with 4 spombs or so at the start of the night. I would usually receive action around an hour or so into dark and this would last until midnight or 1am. On some nights, I would have three or four takes before the action subdued. I did try and bait up again, sometimes after a fish or two or three fish, but every time I would replenish the bait I would never receive another take. In short, I had to bait heavy enough at the start of the night to receive as many bites as possible without overfeeding, as any replenishment through the night would stop the action. It was a difficult balance and it was only through trial and error that I came to the conclusion. Sometimes I would place all three rods on the spot, other times I would just leave the two, but almost always, the most bites came to the wafters and white baits.