On Sunday, I took a short drive up to Biskop Ärno, an island in the northern reaches of Mälaren, and fished for about 4 hours starting at around 1pm. I found a spot about half way along the road bridge on the left-hand side as you approach the island. Close in were a fair few lily pads, but they were not too thick and I could easily cast a waggler into the clearer water beyond, still within a rod length of the rod top.
I set up two waggler rods, one for on the drop and one to fish bottom:
- a 13 foot with a semi-loaded crystal insert waggler set between 2 and 3 feet deep with a single no. 8 dropper set 9 inches from the hook, a size 14 Tubertini series 18 to .13mm Preston Innovations Direct Mono
- a 14 foot with a slightly larger 2.5gram loaded crystal insert waggler with a 3 no.6 bulk 18 inches from the hook and a single no.6 dropper 9 inches from the hook (size 12 Tubertini series 18 to .13mm Direct Mono) set 3 inches overdepth in 5-6 feet of water
Due to the steeply sloping bank (and no platform onto which I could place a seatbox), I waded out just a few steps before I was standing in thigh-deep water with my keepnet stretched out to the left and my free-standing Octoplus groundbait stand to the right, holding some spare kit and the bait bowls.
Before starting to fish, I chopped up a large handful of worms, mixing them with casters and some corn, which I then chucked out over an area of couple of square metres, close in the far side of the pads.
I then started spraying red maggots every cast to an area just beyond the worm and casters. Fishing on the drop with the 13 foot rod, bites came from the third cast to double red maggot on the hook. The majority of the fish were roach in the 3-6ounce range with smaller bleak and some larger rudd.
Occasionally, I would throw out a few grains of corn with one on the hook. This tended to bring larger roach and especially rudd (to about 10 ounces) but I would also miss more bites, likely from the smaller fish.
I spent a shortish time on the bottom rig towards the end of the session, and despite putting two grains of corn on the hook, I only caught a number of 10-12 ounce roach, rather than a tench or even a bream that I was hoping for.
I finished the day with a mixed bag over 17 pounds.
Although not visible in the picture, I also had the odd small perch. I also landed a couple of silver fish of about 7 ounces that I did not recognise: they had a dace-like body, but the scales were smaller than on a dace and they had a largish sized mouth. You can see all bar the head of one of these mystery fish at the top of the picture, and the second directly below it at the bottom (its head is also covered). Unfortunately, it was raining when I was packing up and I was in too much of a rush to get a better photo of them.
At least I have a good excuse to go back, perhaps with one of these!