I returned to the upper Trent last night for a few hours bit bashing after work. As is usually the case now I put out a second rod with a small deadbait in the hope of a Zander or two. Rather than nail the deadbait to the bottom I fished it on a paternoster this time with a polyball to keep the bait a couple of feet off the bottom. There is quite a bit of flow in the spot that I was fishing so hopefully the bait would flutter about a bit enticing a fish or two.
On the other rod I fished a feeder with maggot and chopped worm. As you would expect it was a bite every cast on this rod and I caught a Perch on every cast for the first ten minutes. Just as I was about to cast the feeder out the deadbait rod pulled round and I hit into a fish that I thought was a Pike as it was fighting deep and wouldn’t come up. It was only when I got the fish close to the bank did I realise it was a decent Perch. After a quick photograph I weighed her and she came in at 2.3. Not a bad start especially on a deadbait.
I put out another deadbait in a different spot and put the feeder rod out again. Bites were still coming thick and fast on the feeder catching 4 Perch for every Roach and Skimmer before the deadbait rod was away again. I struck and felt a couple of thumps on the rod tip before the fish was off.
The next bite on the deadbait I did manage to hit and land a small Zander about 2lb. I’m at the stage now where I think you could put a deadbait out in most Trent swims and there would be a good chance of catching a Zander. They seem that widespread.
As the evening the bites on the maggot and worm dropped off considerably. It was as if the river had died. It didn’t matter where I cast I couldn’t get a sniff. The deadbait rod however was a different matter. I got several more bites where the rod wrapped around only for the bait to be pulled off or i’d have the fish on briefly.
I stayed until well after dark but no more fish were forthcoming. It had be an interesting evening and the paternostered deadbait is certainly something that I will be trying again.