Harthill Pools 15/05/2011


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Today we decided to return to Harthill Pools, we have been here before last year and it was not a bad day at all, today would prove to be a little different for a number of reasons.


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I arrived outside Nathans at around 05:30am, today was Nathans & Sarah’s 2nd year anniversary, as a treat Nathan had bought Sarah a day licence so she could fish rather than being a spectator which Harthill charge the same price for as fishing, who said romance was dead?


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We picked up a McBreakfast on the way and joined the motorway then got some miles between us and home to get there early.

We arrived at around 06:20am to find a sign reading “No Fishing Until 07:30am”, the reason we got there with some time to spare was to get a peg close to the car park as last time we ended up around the other side, the bank on the other side is sloped and very difficult for me to negotiate indeed so we dropped a bag and bait bucket on the pegs and returned to the car to wait.


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At around 06:40am the owner drove down to the car park, I think we past their house on the way in and I think he was driving down ready to give us a telling off for starting before time, when he seen us waiting rather than fishing I think he took pity on us and told us we were ok to start, what a nice chap.

I was fishing 2 feeder rods today, last year this would of cost £7.50, this year it cost £8.50 but I still feel this is about average, I noticed on the board on the way in that a season ticket is available for the price of £125 but Harthill does have a closed season during the colder months so it’s not a full 12 month.


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I had purchased a “Guru Pellet Cone” for about £3 off ebay, it comes with three different sized cones and 1 baiting needle, I wanted to test this out today as some places don’t allow feeders and making PVA bags or nets up all the time can be both time consuming and expensive coupled with the fact if your table gets wet then you have to start all over again.

The pellet cone system is ideally suit to those who use a quick change bead or something similar where the hook link can be removed and replaced with ease, out of interest I tried to form a pellet cone by simply passing the hook through and compressing the bait around the line, this gave hit and miss results with the bait falling off some of the time but it’s not impossible to do, just more difficult.

 As you can see from the picture below you firstly pack the cone with whatever ground bait or pellet you are using then pass the baiting needle through the centre, pull the hook link through the bait until your hook is hidden within the ground bait or pellet, gentle squeeze the cone while pulling the hook link and it pops out, attach and cast job done. I also found that the small cone shaped ground bait was ideal for use with the catapult, I fired them out like pellets around where I was fishing, they stayed intact while in flight just perfect, I had tested a few in the margins and they broke down just fine.


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I had an unexpected introduction to a fellow angler called “Ed” while at Harthill, to my surprise somebody actually reads this stuff, it does not feel that way when I sit here writing it, it feels like I’m just writing about what I did just in case the old grey matter gets a little cloudy, it was a real buzz for me to realise a few people read it so I have ran the spell and grammar check..............twice.......... even that is no guarantee of perfection.

Ed is pictured below, he is beside himself, I mean literally, I messed around with photshop to having him standing there and fishing at the same time, was nice to meet you Ed, hope to see you again somewhere.


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The fishing itself on the day was real hard work, everybody around the water seemed to be having a hard time getting a fish, my total was 10, 5 Roach and 5 Bream the biggest of which was 3½lb.


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Sarah managed to catch 5 fish by float fishing about 2 rod lengths out, to be fair she did really well considering she is new to the practical side of it, Nathan had about 6-8 or so on the feeder rod, there was 2 blokes over the other side only managed 1 Bream between 3 rods so to be honest we had done well to get what we did.


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As the fishing was proving to be hard we decided to pack up at around 15:30pm and headed off home.

I still enjoyed the day at Harthill because wherever you look is picturesque, apart from the toilet, it still has the same birds nest it had in it last year with bird crap down the wall, no toilet paper, not soap or hot water to wash your hands, I always take my own toilet roll and alcohol hand wash with me wherever I go so it’s not that big of an issue for me but I still feel a little whiz round with a mop & bleach every now and then would make it seem much better.