It will appear odd to many that a “Traditional angler” and by that I mean, I choose to use cane and pins rather than the new high tech stuff could be using products from a company like Laguna. After all is said and done they produce products which are highly innovative in there design and function. I think it was this completely new approach which attracted me when I came across their web site at the beginning of 2014. It is often forgotten that some of the names most revered amongst traditionalist the likes of Walker and Stone were never slow in coming forward with new ideas to improve their already impressive catches.
During the Spring and Summer I enjoyed a lot of success with DinnerBell Sweet Chilli and Garlic either as a ground bait supplement mixed with brown crumb and Mole hill dirt, full of amino as you will see I do like to experiment, or directly on a mini method feeder with a 6mm pellet as hook bait. Both methods resulted in some lovely days with multiple catches of Tench and Crucians.
Keen to explore new ideas I started to use fake Corn skins soaked in Krill SAC Juice with a 6mm Krill pellet pushed inside which improved the number of takes even more on the mini method rig. As for the float rig I tend to use 3 small Gilt tail worms the majority of time for both Tench and Crucians, One morning I had the idea to dip the worms in a watered down Krill solution which resulted in my best Tench last year of 9-2 and best Crucian of 3-3. I carried this method forward into the Autumn and dipped both Prawns and Lobs to enjoy plenty of Perch of 2lb and a best of 3-5.
With the onset of Winter and frosty mornings it was time to go seeking the Chevin. I had read all about and seen the video of Christian making cheese paste using the Laguna Blue Cheese SAC juice however I had used the Peter Stone recipe with great success for more years than I wish to remember so why change and could I add Banana? Eventually curiosity got the better of me and an order was placed.
When I made the initial batch my first reaction was how simple it was to make compared to my old method ,which was a real pain, secondly because of the simplicity it would be consistent every time. Without doubt this has been my most successful Winter on the Kennet targeting Chub. Even on the coldest of days I could normal get at least one tug on my simple touch ledgering rig. My obsession to experiment led me to a couple of conclusions during the winter, when making the posh paste version with Banana SAC juice a combination of Gorgonzola and Bleu d’Auvergne cheeses definitely improved my catch rate which I put down to the natural sweetness of both complementing the Banana.
During the last two weeks of the season I also started to flavour crust, I cannot claim to have come up with this idea as a good friend and superb Chub angler has been doing it for years with other products. I simply cut a tin loaf from any supermarket into 1” chunks leaving some flake on each peice then put a tiny amount of Blue Cheese SAC juice into a large sealable sandwich bag and rubbed it all around to coat the inside of the bag. Finally I threw the crust in and placed it in the freezer overnight to suck in all the additive and flavour.
On the river I found the Chub loved this and will using again next winter together with the paste.