With a hot week in the gardens this week, it was looking like a good weekend for fishing. Ian arrived on Thursday night and had already bagged a nice 30. By the time I arrived on Friday evening, there were a few anglers on and it was very obvious that if I wanted to stand a chance of bagging a few carp, I would need to double up with Ian. If I blanked for the first few nights there was a good chance that Sunday night would produce. By then the lake would be pretty empty.
I had studied the Lakebook on my home computer and I knew the spots I was looking for when I arrived. I arrived just before 7 pm and got straight to work with the maker rod. There had been a great deal of weed growth this year, I didn’t wish to spend too long thrashing the water this evening any fine-tuning. This would be best done on Saturday at noontime well away from the carps feeding times.
These are small areas I haven’t mapped yet, you still get the full picture of the lake and where I hoped the fish would be or transit at some point over the weekend. I just need to stop them there and get them to put their heads down. This swim is full of features and can be very tricky, you can see why.
I baited up with my ground bait mixture of crushed hemp, Catalyst ground bait, hemp and a good load of the Catalyst particle syrup, I also spombed out a few of my boilie mixture. Both rods were fished with a 15mm Catalyst wafter and a 12mm natural pop up which are perfectly balanced.
With the sun setting over the estate, it was time to relax with a bottle of ale and look for signs of carp.
My first take happened at just after 3 am and after a bit of a fight the fish was in the margins. I had managed to keep it away from all our lines and I was just getting ready to next the fish and the hook pulled out. Joy! These things happen from time to time, just to test you.
With the rod back out, I settled down in the to reflect on things and soon drifted back off to Dreamland.
I was awoken by a single beep and a kingfisher sitting on my rods, it was diving after the minnows. I watched him for sometime before I decided to take some photographs and a short video for my vlog about my trip. It was wonderful to watch and makes you realize it’s not all about fishing.
Around 11 am, I flicked the Deeper out and much to my amazement the Deeper had picked up a nice show of carp; just at the back of a weed bed. This made me re-evaluate my tactics and moved my rods two wraps closer.
Within an hour, I had a take, it turned out to be a Tench. It must have been one of the smaller fish in the above screenshot, but at least there was some action. I gave it until 1430 and then baited up with more ground bait and boilies all set for the afternoon, evening, night, etc
The day drew to a close with another magnificent sunset, but not much carp activity. I was still feeling very confident after seeing all those fish on the Deeper early on in the day. This was clearly a holding area and with a nice amount of bait out there, they would surely feed at some point tonight. Just before midnight, my right-hand rod was off and a long battle ensued, not helped by the fact I had been in a very deep sleep. I was struggling to completely wake up. The carp finally was in the net and I was greatly relieved. I set about sorting out weighing and photographing the fish. Lucky for me, Ian was about to help, I just couldn’t fully wake up.
Photo done and fish returned. I set about sorting both rods out, I managed to pick up the other line on the way in (this was also was very hard work). I finally started getting my head together and got both rods back on the spot. All I had to do was to write up the capture and get my head back down; this was going to be hard going, as by now I was fully awake.
Ian, unfortunately, lost a carp about an hour later as it kited under the tree’s to our right. I was awoken in the morning by the Kingfisher on my rods fishing again, I never get bored of this and is just fantastic to watch.
Do I stay or do I go?
I can do another night, however, it’s going to be a hot one and those carp are not going to be in the mood for food, not until at least dark hours again. It’s a shame I don’t live closer as I would surely head home for the day, return and set up again tonight. I do believe I will be heading home this morning.
With some thought put into this decision and checking the diary, I felt it best to head home and come out another day,. I was pretty tired and felt that I would not fish my best tonight – unless some sleep was had. So, a day trip was planned the next day on the Estate Lake and a quick overnighter in the week, this would be a lot more beneficial and productive.
Until next time
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