The Helomavaart is a venue I've fished once before when I came up with Ingo and Roger during the winter. We had quite a few Roach on the pole and it showed much promise.
There have been rumors that the Bream were in the canal, so we were all hopeful for a few fish.
I opted to fish the pole today with Roger, but Phil, Vince and Martin opted for the feeder. If the Bream feed well, Roger and I could be in for a good stuffing.
I set up 3 rigs. A Chianti 4x16 rig, an Inter Carbon 4x18 rig and a 1g Power rig.
At the start I cupped-in 10 balls rich in casters, dead maggots and chopped worm. Then I loose fed hemp and casters over the top all day long.
I quickly started to catch small Roach and skimmers and it was to continue like this until I got my first Bream after about 2 hours. The bites from the Bream were very delicate. I caught all but one Bream on the light 4x16 Chianti rig.
The fish wanted the bait just dead-depth and they very slowly stopped the bait for the float to just dip under the surface very slowly. As soon as I put in balls rich in chopped-worm, the small fish disappeared and the Bream return. When the Bream were there it didn't matter what was on the hook, they just ate everything.
I had a very enjoyable day today catching about 12 Bream and loads of small Roach and Skimmers. I really thought I was going to get hammered by the feeder anglers, but I managed to stay close to them.
Phil had a great day on the feeder, and could have had much more if it wasn't for some blank spells during the day.
We will definitely coming back here for another match.