Is it ever going to stop raining in August for more than two days? I do hope so, as part of the annual family two week holiday is in Wales and the wife not very keen on this camping game. We may just end up in a cottage, somewhere or even two week’s doing day trips around Hampshire & Dorset.
After looking at the forecast and the fish I had heard in the night the last time. I was extremely keen to get back into this swim. I am very confident that the fish are in this area and for some reason or another this swim has not been fished that much this year.
I had my girls with me for a few hour’s and they loved sitting on the bivvy with the door open at the top.
As I had put some bait out before I left the other morning. I simply clipped up a flicked the baits out onto those spots and Spombed some bait over the top. By the time I had done all this, the rain arrived. This was perfect timing and one of the reason the girls came with me was to avoid another wet set up. I ended up with an angler to my right, way out on the island and also one to my left on the other island, which I though could be a help to push the fish over my way.
My rainy view
After the wife had collected the kids, I settled down to a rainy night. watched a few things on Netflix and then dropped off to sleep. All that happened in the night was a load of liners, this kept me on edge for a take and the man on the island had a bad cough oh and the geese were behind me. This resulted in a very sleepy Richard in the morning.
I re-baited the left hand around at first light, as I had convinced myself that the bait must have gone. Nope, still on there, I was amazed that I had no fish at this point. I drifted off to sleep again, only to be woken by a take, this was a 11 lb ish Common who gave me the run around for its size. It’s the tails on these carp, they are little pocket rockets.
I re-baited around 11 am with a few Spombs of pellet and groundbait-mix, with a few broken catalyst boilies and fresh bottom baits. I wanted to let the swim settle down for the day and coming night with no more bait being put out unless I had a few more fish.
As the sun was setting on my last night, I had totalled 5 five all about 12 lb. I think I am trying out the Hutchy bait pyramid effect, trouble is I will be at home by the time the big fish arrive.
This little greedy pig, picked up a 22mm Catalyst bottom bait.
I did have a good day with the camera.
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I managed to get a few action shots, a good few wildlife photos and I bit more video footage. I am getting on great with the Fox Warrior 22ft 3.25tc rod’s, that I have been sent by Tackle Fanatics and the warrior landing net is finally getting a good test as well.
The night was full of sleep and shooting stars, I think the fish were watching as well. Not a sniff until around 7 am, just after I had taken a few photos of a kingfisher sitting on the rods.
Another hard fighting airfield lake carp.
The biggest of the trip, think I may be back in this swim soon. I feel there is defiantly fish here and I am sure there will be a lump about amongst them.
It’s pack up time and a very pleasant day for a walk in the New Forest with the family.
Until next time
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