Let’s See What Happens


My spot for the next few hour’s, let’s see what happens.

Richard

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Trip 36 Carp Fishing 2017


With the big change in the weather and a week of frosts here and snow up North.  I spent the first hour of my limited time here (when the kids are at school) looking around the lake and getting a feel for things.  I ended up setting on a nice swim at the back of the wind, the sun was directly shining on the margins.  This is in my belief, that with the extra day light hours and sunny days, together with the the frosts and the cold winds, the lake temperature should be at a steady level and the fish will continue to feed more.

Looks lovely and warm but there is a real chill in that wind.

I just baited both rod’s with pva bags filled with catalyst/Betafin Pellets soaked in liquids (as before) and added some catalyst Food Dip for an extra boost.  One rod was fished on a pop and the other on a wafter with paste wrapped around it – no other free offerings were put out.

At about 1215 my left hand was off and I was into to a fish, unfortunately it made is way to a small island which had a nice overhanging bush on it.  The fish managed to shed the hook, the safety clips did their job and drop the lead, but probably too late.  I have just over an hour and a bit to make amends.

It was not to be

Until next time

Richard

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Trip 34 Carp Fishing 2017


What a beautiful little corner of paradise I am in today!  The lake was still fishing very hard, so I thought I would try something different.  I had been dropping small bits of bait in this area on and off over the past month.  Thinking ahead for the odd day session however, why not do a night?  Its well known that if the fish are on the snags, they will venture out after dark, (that was my thought process) and with quite a few liners in the night, I was feeling confident, unfortunately not to be this time, we shall just keep on at it.

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Oh Fishing Again


After a lost fish on my day session, I am back out for another go tonight.

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Bit Fresh Out


Back of the wind and on the sunshine today, fingers crossed.

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I Find Myself Here Again


Let’s hope tonight bring some luck my way.

The kettle is on and I can sit back and enjoy the view and spot a few carp.

Richard

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Trip No 33 Carp Fishing – 2017


I am out for a few nights over the Easter weekend – as the wife and kids have gone to visit her family in Dorest.

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My original plan was to fish with Rob on the Mill Pond.  We thought that if we left it until the Saturday am before I arrived, we would get a feel for the number of anglers on over the weekend.  If we were lucky, they may only be fishing two nights (being Thursday/Friday) and then head home.  Unfortunately, this back fired on us and 4 anglers arrived late Friday afternoon and were on until Sunday.  Plan B, off to the Airfield Lake I go (also with the same notion that most of the anglers would be off home by noon, after already having done 2 nights), well my luck was in and with only 5 angler’s fishing – including me, on a 60 arce lake.

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After an hour or so of looking, chatting, working out where people had fished and what my best options where, I settled for one of the island swims.

I spombed out a mix of Catalyst & Betafin Pellets soaked in minominos & Betafin liquid, the Catalyst boilies which had also been soaked in the Food Dip.

Both rod’s had pop ups on to start with and if I had no joy, I would change over to a Snowman rig.

First day & night

There turned out to be more sunshine than I thought there was going to be today.  This took the chill out of the cold North wind and gave me a positive feel about the afternoon and evening.  This was not to be and the first 24 hours past without a fish, which is not an unusual occurance for this lake.  It being so shallow, an average of 3.5ft in the area I am fishing, I had also had a lot of bird activity of in my spots.

From Swans to Tufts and even Gulls diving down, the clarity of the lake is way better than previous year’s.

Second day & night

With a friend joining me today, a move may be in order, we shall see what fishy signs there are this morning.  The cold winds are still about, I may well be fishing the warmest area of the lake, which is one of the reasons I picked it.

Looking very appealing for a bit, I must say.

With the fish showing a couple of swims down to the right of me and being unable to cast there.  A swim move was clearly in order, all done and dusted by the middle of the afternoon, I soon found a couple of nice spots that the fish had shown themselves.

With the light fading slowly, I poured myself a glass of wine and remember that I had not eaten much at all today, better fix that then, Ridgemonkey time.

Third day & night

All that happened so far after the swim change, is that I have had a couple of bleeps on the margin rod and a good night sleep – not quite what I was after.  I was feeling a bit shocked this morning, I thought the move was the right thing to do yesterday.  I will have to mull things over and see what the morning brings, before I make any rash plans today.

There’s a bit of wind on the water and the wind is from the North, which is behind me, and the forcast is that there is going to be a frost tonight.

After a lot looking and thinking about my next move, staying or moving on to another swim or even going home.  As the family where away, I didn’t feel like a good option as I am just as comfortable on the lake as I am on the sofa at home.  So I felt it was time for a good look around the complex before I made my mind up.

After about an hour and a half of looking around, I knew I was better off staying put and seeing what the final night brought.  There was no other area which stood out.  Therefore, I got back to my swim and rebaited with fresh catalyst hook baits as well as tiny bags soaked in the food dip.  I placed these back on my stops and settled down to a rainy night under the brolly.

At around 2330 the left hand rod burst into life and I was finally attached to a nice common – well 10lb of fish roughly.  But it was a fish and a blank saver.  I was not going to complain.  We all must learn somthing from fishing, never give up, you will get there in the end.

Until next time.

Richard

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Trip 32 – Carp Fishing – 2017


With the school holidays on full flow, I am only able to do quick nights now.

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After a quick look around – a few anglers were on the spots I like, I had a look on one of the island swims.  The wind was blowing a bit of a cold NW wind, I quite fancied being on the back of this wind.

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So I put both baits just off one of the islands, in the lee of the wind and spomb out a bit of Catalyst boilies with pellets soaked in food dip.

With the moon coming up over the lake, I tucked myself up in my bag and drifted off to sleep.

At about 0230 the right-hand rod gave a couple of bleeps and the tip pulled down.  I quickly grabbed the rod and pulled into a very unhappy Common, who gave me a bit of a run around, but finally was safely on the net.

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It tipped the scales at 22lb 13oz.  I placed the fish in the recovery sling, got the rod back out and then got to work on the photos.

Pleasant sunrise this morning as I was packing up.

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Until next time

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Trip 31 – Carp Fishing – 2017


After a week of no fishing as man flu had struck, I just had to go fishing this weekend.  I arrived about 7pm to find the lake looking very pleasant and a few people about.  Probably due to the fantastic sunny weather, not that good for fishing on here, but it was just nice to be out and give it a go.

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With the night and morning producing no fish, I had kept my eye on the other part of the lake behind me.  And after seeing a few fish regularly I just had to move swim, in the hope that even if the fish drifted off, they would return later on.

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Well, the move of swim paid off, as at around 3 am the right hand was off, with a very unhappy Common carp and after a hard fight involving a snag.  I finally had the fish in the net.

With an early pack up, as I was out with some friends and their kid’s for the day, I was off the lake by 8am.

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Out For Few Days


Hopefully bag a few, dispite the wind direction change, still very pleasant to be out on the lake. 

Richard

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