Normans lake averages about 6-7 feet and has two small islands with willow trees overhanging the water. I opted to set up opposite the largest island which had a willow dangling its branches into the water, this would be the first area I would target, with my second area being the corner peg on my right which had numerous reed beds which had died back in the margin.
Gemma fished a waggler on the marginal shelf on our left which also benefited from a willow tree sweeping its branches onto the water surface.
To kick off both swims we catapulted a few pouches of red maggots. Straight away the water boiled with small roach which was a sign that the silvers were active and would hopefully trigger the large stripeys to investigate the commotion.
I opted to use a small 12g free running Drennan swimfeeder on a 6lb mainline tied to a small swivel with buffer bead in place to stop any damage to the knot on the cast. My hook length was 4lb and that was tied to a size 10 barbless hook.
Gemma's rig consisted of a small crystal waggler fished on a 6lb main line, connected to a micro swivel and 4lb hook length with size 14 barbless hook. She used a simple shotting pattern which consisted of a no 4 shot 6 inches above the swivel and a tell tale shot 6 inches below the swivel fished a couple of inches over depth to help combat the water movement.
Once my swim feeder was loaded with red maggots I hooked four maggots to the size 10 hook and cast towards the island landing the feeder below the willow branches. Immediately I was getting movements on the rod tip indicating there was a lot of silver fish activity around the feeder and brushing past the main line. After a few minutes the rod tip wrapped round to indicate I had a fish on and I was soon reeling in a small roach which had somehow managed to get the size 10 hook in its mouth. I began to catch a steady stream of roach for the next thirty minutes before i decided enough was enough and I would get the king prawns out to stop the roach from biting.