First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

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First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by DWW » Sat May 09, 2015 8:55 am

Following my recent post on the forum for advice on buying a split cane Carp rod , I ended up with three ! ( Oh dear this traditional fishing tackle collecting is very appealing !)

One of the rods is a Rodrill's Carp rod . Eleven feet long and three piece . I had never heard of Rodrill's as a maker before , but the rod is fantastic , probably slightly more powerful than an Avon and a bit less than a Mk iV Carp .


I decided to try the rod out on the little syndicate water I have joined and see how it performed . I teamed it up with a Mitchell 410 reel which I was given by Oldtackle , and recently given a service by Nobby .

On arriving at the lake I started fishing for the smaller residents with float tackle and maggots , but all the while keeping an eye out for any moving carp . After a slow start the small Roach , Rudd and Perch started to make an appearance , but more importantly the Carp were starting to show around the branches of a nearby tree which draped into the water . So a few handfuls of maggots and some pellets went in next to the tree over a half hour period , then I moved in to fish the same area .

At this point I discovered that my now favourite bait of prawns hadn't made it out of the freezer ! ( Doh ! ) A quick check in the bait bag revealed some old hooker pellets so , they would have to do .

I float fished the shallow water next to the branches and the carp's activity grubbing about on the picnic I had provided them with soon had my float bouncing around and being knocked by the fish as they hit the line .

First capture ...
I went to catch another "wildie" and lost what felt like a bigger one on a hook pull .

The rod was great ! Really powerful and ideal for this type of fishing . Hopefully it will also be great for some Barbel fishing later in the year . The Mitchell was also excellent , and controlling the fishes runs with a finger on the roter worked really well . The reel is as smooth as a modern reel and will become my first choice for future trips I think ! ( thanks to Oldtackle and Nobby ! )

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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by Loop Erimder » Sat May 09, 2015 9:01 am

Well done a nice looking fish
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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by OldTackle » Sat May 09, 2015 9:51 am

Nice looking carp caught with a very nice looking rod Dave. I wonder if Nobby did some tunings to the reel? Sorry again Nobby, I should have serviced it before letting it go to give your back some rest, Sir. :Hat:
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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by Santiago » Sat May 09, 2015 10:16 am

Great account and a lovely fish. Interesting looking float, looks like an old plugged goose quill!
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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by Grazy » Sat May 09, 2015 10:33 am

A great way to test the new rod out well done on a good result and a lovely write up.

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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by Mark » Sat May 09, 2015 11:07 am

Well done that man.
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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by LuckyLuca » Sat May 09, 2015 11:10 am

A cracker of a carp! Caught on lovely gear too!
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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by SeanM » Sat May 09, 2015 11:27 am

Looks a lovely rod, and an 11 footer too. I'm sure it will work really well for the barbel later in the year.
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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by Richard C » Sat May 09, 2015 11:30 am

Lovely fish, well done :Thumb:
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Re: First Trip Out ....but I forgot the Prawns

Post by Nobby » Sun May 10, 2015 9:11 am

Excellent news, rod and reel both christened with a fine fish.

Rodrill rods don't show up that often, but they always seem well-made and quite strong too, I've yet to find a fine-tipped light rod from them. They were made in Tottenham N15 in Collingwood Road and for a while in 1963 they also marketed Black Swan rods. Later rods often have names, usually of birds and I have some images of another transfer, a yellow one, but I don't know if it's later or earlier than the leaping fish...I suspect later for no good reason.

Old Tackle, the 410 just wanted a check-over I was the other reels DWW had bought that were the problem...whole gears just rotted away in a Taiwan built 300A. They got replaced with 'real' gears from a 1954 Mitchell. Should last forever now.

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