Layer Slaying - Neil Raison

“After a two-year lay off, my mates and I decided to resurrect our social trips down Layer Pit. Fishing after work into the hours of darkness and then a swift pack up at 10pm.

The lake had suffered a fish kill, but after a lot of work from the club, bailiffs and members, things had settled down. Although some fish were lost and some removed, the reports suggested that it was still showing the good old Layer bite opportunities.

We had our first trip a few weeks before the clocks changed in October. I chose to try a successful method we used in the past, which was to clip up two rods and a spod rod at 70 yards before arriving. The lakebed is pretty featureless, so spodding a small area will create the feature. We only have three or four hours fishing time; the rods are always cast out first and laid on the gravel with the clutches set, then bait is spodded over the top. The spod mix consisted of Hinders hemp, corn and a small amount of pellet. The action was instant and bites often occurred before the sticks were in the ground.

Through the winter I managed around 40 to 50 fish, averaging five fish per trip, only blanking once. The best fish were 26lb 12oz and 27lb 12oz. Most of the action took place in darkness. Making the most of every opportunity to get out and wet a line. Even though we weren’t catching any monsters, it was great to get out with my mates and get some action through the colder months.

The rigs I used were six to eight- inches of 15lb IQ Soft joined to Supernatural braid, combi-style. The joining knot was covered with a medium Sinker and the hook was new Krank in size 10 with a single grain of slow sinking corn on the hair. I slid a PVA stick of scalded pellet down the rig then an anti-tangle sleeve, before clipping it to a helicopter leadcore leader. I like to set the top safety bead on the leadcore about six inches up the leadcore to allow the lead to sink into the silt and not affect the presentation of the rig. Plus, it gives a bit of movement and a shocker stop to help hook the fish.”