With a free day and the conditions as they are, there was no way I would be wasting this opportunity. I just had to get down the lake and in one of the day swims. It was clearly obvious that the carp were keeping away from the main part of the lake. When I arrived just after 9 am (after doing my school run bit), there was only one-day swim occupied. However, there were a lot of night anglers and apparently, there where only two night swims vacant last night – the fish will defiantly be feeling the pressure on them.
I kept away from the open water day swims and headed to the bay areas, with plenty of cover for the fish. The other day angler was also thinking on the same lines as me and had opted for one of the swims at the end of the sanctuary area. This left me with the other end of the bays, which I think personally is the better option for me today.
I could fish up against some overhanging trees or alongside a small island. I decided that both rods along the treeline would be more favorable as the wind was pushing hard into that part of the bank and I gained a bit of shelter from the island.
I set up both rods and clipped up the distance and as it was daytime (and fishing had been hard going), I decided I would use bright baits again just to get the carp’s curiosity going. I put on some Frank Warwick Miracle Berry Wafters and a Caramel Cream wafter. I flicked them out along the tree line, one nicely in a small cove and the other by a set of pads and sat back on my chair watching the lake.
Just before noon time, the rod (with the miracle berry wafters on) ripped off and I was into a very hard fight common carp. Who tried going out past the island and then along the left had margins but I gained control and it was safely in the Nsr50. The pics were done and the fish was returned home and I quickly flicked the rod onto the spot again.
23lb 4oz Common
I had a few more liners, close to packing up time but that was the only fish.
Until next time
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