The bottom of the Road Lake is light in colour and to help your rigs blend in we recommend the use of the Korda "Gravel" Colour components. A full range of tackle, including Spombs, Markers, Korda Touchdown, Safezone Leaders and all the Korda terminal tackle you will require is available in the on-site shop. Prices are identical to the UK, but we ask that you pay in Euro's as we cannot accept card payments at this time.
Concealing your mainline is important because the water is deep (18-20ft) so the line angles are often steep which can result in much of it being off the lake bed. We recommend the use of semi slack lines to make sure that last line is pinned to the bottom near the hookbait. We regularly see anglers making mistakes and not sinking their lines properly. So....
Here's how we do it:
1. Ensure you hit the line clip on the cast and feeel the lead down until it hits the bottom. If you don't feel the lead touch down, it may have landed in weed or deep silt and a recast is recommended.
2. Gently sink the line through the surface film by holding the line between your finger tips, ensuring that you do not dislodge the lead and drag it along the bottom.
3. Plunge the tip section of the rod under the water and rest the butt on the buzzer for at least five minutes, which will take the line from just under the surface (where a bow can form in the line) to midwater.
4. Start to pay small amounts of line off without moving the tip section, this allows heavy lines to sink to the bottom without being dragged by surface tow/crosswinds. Continue to pull line off the spools until the line stops tightening, which means it has sunk as much as it can. Only then does a light bobbin get attached (Korda Stows are perfect for this).
On the Road Lake you will not require big powerful rods, anything over 2.75lb TC will be fine. In most swims you will not be fishing any further than 80 yards, so it is nice and easy to bait up with a catapult, throwing stick or Spomb.
We insist on a mainline diameter of at least 0.40mm. We recommend Korda Touchdown Green in 15lb, which sinks really well, blends in with the green tinged water and is man enough for the task. Check your line diameter before you leave the UK, although we do stock Touchdown in the on site shop. Shockleaders are banned on the Road Lake but are not necessary due to the short to medium casting distances required.
We insist on Barbless Hooks Only on the Road Lake (we recommend a Size 4 Korda Curve Shank B, Krank B or Wide Gape B). A lost fish must be able to free itself of the rig in the event of a crack off/cut off. Without exception, every fish caught which was trailing line has had a barbed hook in its mouth.
Each angler on the Road Lake is provided with Distance Sticks, an Unhooking Mat, Landing Net, Gigantica Scales, Weigh Sling, Weigh Staff, Refresh Bucket and Carp Care kit. So please do not bring any of these items with you. We do require a 50 euro deposit for these, which can be returned to you at the end of the week providing these items are not damaged or used toward your 'Honours Board' at the end of the week.