I have long been a fan of imitation baits from Enterprise Tackle and their ever-growing range of products caters to a wide range of anglers. Over the last few years I have been using Enterprise products more and more with great success. Here are my top three catches using their products.
A brace of barbel weighing 15lb 8oz and 11lb 12oz – River Loddon
The autumn of 2010/11 left me with a burning desire to catch a big barbel from my local River Loddon. Being a front-runner in the Drennan Cup campaign I needed to use baits and tactics that I had one hundred percent confidence in. Placing my faith in the trusty mag-aligner rig using an Enterprise Tackle mag-aligner grub slid over the hook shank I knew this would give a chance in tricking one of the rivers wily residents in this difficult section of river. Two short evening sessions after work produced three fish weighing 13lb+ and brace of 11lb 12oz and 15lb 8oz. This is undoubtedly the best barbel rig I have ever used.
8lb 5oz chub River Loddon
In February of the 2010/11 season I was chasing a big chub on the River Loddon. The stretch is a notoriously difficult low stock big fish area and when fishing venues where bites are at a premium confidence is everything. During this time I was using one of my favourite tactics the mag-aligner, which can be very effective when fishing for big river fish in low, clear conditions. This rig involves threading an Enterprise mag-aligner grub down the hook shank ,which creates a line aligner effect, helping the hook to twist and turn in the fish s mouth, in my opinion one the best rig inventions in recent years. Big chub can be hard creatures to trick, yet this rig accounted for 18 chub in a short three-week campaign fishing a few evenings a week and culminating in the monster I was hoping for weighing 8lb 5oz.
16lb 7oz Bream Berkshire Pit
Big bream are a creature that has always fascinated me and in the spring of 2008 I had a burning desire to target this species and try and up my personal best. I decided to concentrate on a difficult Surrey stillwater that held just a dozen fish in 9 acres. I knew it was going to be difficult fishing, but I had confidence in the Enterprise imitation maggots I was using. After several nights on the bank I had the bite I had been waiting for and I was soon holding a colossal bream, weighing 16lb 7oz, aloft for the camera proving the worth of imitation baits.