I arrived down the lake at my normal time to find 4 cars in the car park, which isn’t a bad number. I parked up and took a walk about. I worked out an area of the lake which was pretty much left alone and would give me a fair chance of a carp. The weather was pretty bleak, there was a NE wind blowing, which comes down the lake and you can’t really hide from that. I also didn’t want to set my brolly up as I need to keep an eye on the far margins, they’d produced the odd carp recently.
I set up my rods and flicked one to my left and the other one to my right along the margins. I scattered some 12mm Catalyst boilies with 8mm Catalyst pellets soaked in the food dip over each hook bait. One rod I used a pva bag as I wasn’t sure if the pads had stated to shoot or not.
After spotting a carp show just before noon, I was soon around the other side of the lake and set up with two 12mm Catalyst pop ups over a handful of 8mm Catalyst pellets.
Hopefully, this will produce a fish within the next hour or so.
I was getting a few heavy liners again and was also getting worried that I may spook any carp out of the swim; as this has happened 3 times now. I think it may be time to carry my captive back leads with me, I’m not a fan of the running down the line sort, as this has resulted in a few fish lost over the years.
Just after 1230, the right hand rod was away and this was no way a small carp. After getting it back out from under the overhanging trees, it was away into open water and on a mission. As it had been so long since I’ve hooked a half decent fish, I was playing it a bit to carefully than was necessary. It was finally under control after what felt like a lifetime and a few scary moments, it was then finally in the net and I could breathe again!
18lb 10oz Mirror
I was over the moon. It had been some months since a stunning carp was in my hands.
I soon had the rods out again, I very nearly moved, but I was interested to see if this was a one off, or do they move along these margins?
It’s absolutely lovely now with the sun out. I was hoping that another carp would come along this margin and find my hook baits, as this area must be the warmest part of the lake. There’s still a hope as I have just over an hour to go.
Unfortunately, that was that.
Until next time