Only One Night


Only one night this week, things to do.

Fingers crossed.

Richard

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Club Lake


On the club lake today in the rain.

Richard

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Trip 35 Carp Fishing – 2022


I had the opportunity to come down on Wednesday late afternoon this week. I wasn’t really sure about fishing this week, however, a few fish had been coming out, and this gave me a bit of confidence. I was keen to get in the Daisy swim, which is to the left of Badger island, Ian and I have been watching fish for the past week in a particular area.

I arrived just after 5 pm to find probably the only angler on the complex packing up from that very swim. That’ll help to see if the carp are still in that area and sure enough, I could see them myself. He had had a few during his day session.

My big issue was the heat of the coming few days and whether could I deal with it or not. I checked the forcast and there’s a good chance of a reasonable amount of wind from the North again. I drove around to Badger Island and looked in the first swim in order to consider fishing that spot from this lovely shaded swim. I felt that I was likely to lose anything I hooked, plus it was really was the Daisy Swim water and I like to think I’m pretty considrat to other anglers. I really felt I should be in the Daisy Swim and if the first 24 hours were horrendous, I would have to move early evening Thursday, after the heat of the day passed.

The Daisy Swim

I’d been thinking over the week about what to do if I did fish it – regarding baiting up. Clearly, the carp are here and feeding, despite as far as I’m aware, no bait being introduced. Bags could easily go off course and end up on top of this small plateau I’m fishing around and the swan would love that. This also goes for my spombing skills! I decided on single hook baits with a small scattering of sticked out boilies. I also need to keep an eye on the areas Ian and I had baited up last weekend, – just in case they finally fancy a feed after last week’s epic fail

I was all sorted by 8pm. I sat watching the lake with a lovely cool breeze blowing my way.

With a few single bleeps early on in the night, I drifted off to sleep feeling confident that something would come my way over the course of the night.

Night’s Sky

That was not the case. I wondered if I needed to think a lot more about my bait positioning over the coming day.

Sunshine

The sun had appeared over the New Forest, with a gentle breeze and hopefully continuing throughout the day and keeping me cool as much as possible.

Wind in my face

It’s just before 3pm and I have a nice breeze blowing in my face, I’m surviving in the shade of my bivvy pretty well. The carp are really doing my head in, I just can’t get them to pick up bait, this is despite my best efforts. I switched around hookbaits over the course of the day, in between when the carp drift by. I decided, as long as no one goes on the island, I’m going to fish into the area we normally fish from the island. I don’t believe there’s a great deal to be gained by putting the rods around the plateau at night, due to the lack of action and I believe I witnessed their return this morning. How I tackle tomorrow, is really something I need to put a great deal of thought into; whether I sit it out trying numerous options or just knock it on the head, go home and regroup (waiting for better conditions). There’s clearly something about that spot that interests the carp, it could be overwhelming full of natural food sources, or I’ve just not got all the elements correct to get a bite.

After some thought, I decided to move to Badger Island, as after 24 hours of various combinations of hook baits those carp can do one! I would’ve gone home tomorrow morning if I had still been blanking and I’m sure that would’ve been the case. This way around I will be happy to stay two more nights. 

Tea on

Tea was on the go by 1930, and with most things sorted out, it was nice to relax again. You wouldn’t think it takes so long to move swim.

I put a few spombs out and tied new rigs, flicked them out, and started to relax.

Perfect

I’m hoping after seeing carp over here this morning one of these rods will burst into life overnight.

In the shade

I’m glad I’m in the shade with the wind blowing in my face today. Not a bleep last night. I’m going to leave the rods as they are and wait until I get a pick-up or it is packing up time, there’s no real point in changing anything.

As the last night draws in, I sit cooking tea on my Weber and look at this wonderful view, thinking will I catch actually but if I don’t it’s been a very relaxing and calming few days, watching the lake, along with nature and completely avoiding the news – which is so full of doom a gloom. I really wonder why I listen to it anymore.

Morning

That’s it morning and packing up time, I need to be pretty prompt at getting home today. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks, as it’s school holiday time. It’s a shame it’s my 6th night blanking, but these things happen and I will be back full of enthusiasm, as always, hunting for those unknown lumps.

Until next time

Richard

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God Bless The Queen, Long Live The King


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Back On The Bank


I’m back out on the bank after a fabulous two weeks in southern Ireland, plenty of beach time and so other great adventures.

Alpaca Trekking
Empty Beaches
Spike Island prison
Blaney Castle

And plenty of other fun trips out with the family, but now I’m back out on the bank for a few night’s.

Fingers crossed

Let’s hope I’ve finally got the weather on my side.

Richard

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Trip 34 Carp Fishing – 2022


This week the weather isn’t looking particularly great, but with any luck, the north winds will keep the temperature down and I could be in with a chance of a bite or two.

I was hoping to fish somewhere different, but with the prospect of 25+ degrees C, if it actually materializes, which so far this week isn’t until very late afternoon, we could be ok, only time will tell each day.

Looking down

I’m back in the same swim as last week, because the only other areas we fancied – which were dictated by plenty of cover, were already taken. I did fancy being with the north wind in my face, but that area was already taken as well. As you know I’m quite fond of this swim and this area of the lake.

Tucked away

I like to try and keep as much of the vegetation as possible intact, but it’s a little tricky at times. This week, I’ve got some flaked maize that’s been soaking up the Catalyst syrup for the past 10 days and smells absolutely pukka, this should float down nicely at settle on top of the silt and push out a load of attention over the next few day’s and get those carp digging about.

I switched over to 12mm White catalyst pop-ups last week and I’m going straight

Sitting, watching

Nice morning to be able to sit and watch the world go by, on the day after Boris Johnson resigned, without all that media hype.

No action overnight, which isn’t too dissimilar to the past few weeks on the bank, we can only hope that it pan’s out to be a similar session. But with the pressure over 1030 MBs, it could prove to be a tough one. I’ve followed the same routine as the previous trip, where the carp moved on over the next 48 hours, as they have done previously.

It’s coming up to 2 pm and the carp are just not tempted to pick anything up yet. I’m going to reel in soon, and head over to Ian’s swim for a bite to eat and a drink. I will re-do the rods with a different color hook bait, just to see if it spurs them into action. I’m debating whether a wafter may prove to be more effective, there’s no lack of carp showing, just can’t get a pickup.

The sun has now gone from my swim and it’s a lot cooler. I’m glad of my portable USB fan and Anker power station.

Portable Fan
Anker Charger

Both amazing bits of kit and the Anker keeps all my Tec stuff fully charged for a good few nights, not flattered yet over my three-nighters, the winter months will be the real test.

Cloudy Sky

This morning the sky is cloudy and a lot more wind and the prospect of the angler on the third Badger Island swim heading off today. I think this could be a contributing factor in me still not catching, will see later on today/tonight. I sort of feel that swim cuts me off by blocking a couple of channels into the sanctuary area. I’m sure they still come through, however, they may be a bit weary of things more, as the carp are still very active off the island, around Ian’s swim, and out in the more open water areas.

The conditions today are so much better and has lifted my confidence levels up over the last 24 hours.

Swan
Perfection

Just back from a few hours in Ian’s swim, baits spot on, I can only hope that the last night brings all the components together and we catch a few each. It has been hard going, but neither of us like the heat, which dictated the swim choice and we are happy with that. Unfortunately, this can result in not the best captures, but that’s the way it’s got to be with fair skin. It could be so much more of a disaster this way around, we both enjoy our time on the bank, having a great social, much more relaxing, and may catch a carp.

Morning

Stunning morning, I’ve been up since before 5am hoping to catch something, despite the carp out there and around my baited area, it’s a blank this time and as long as the temperature doesn’t go higher, I will be back out for one more go next week, before the school holidays kick in.

Until next time

Richard

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Deeper Mapping


How does the fish Deeper page help you plan out your fishing trip when you are sitting at home?

Before the haters get on their high horse and say it’s cheating. I’m only looking at the bathymetry of the lake bed and understanding the whole lake’s contours and how the fish travel about their underwater highways.

My lake

Once you have mapped as much as I have, you get an understanding of when you see carp topping and moving around. Of where they have come from and where they are going to. I don’t believe it’s taking away watercraft as I screenshot all the swims and their prominent features when I’m looking on my laptop or tablet in the comfort of my home. You still have to put the time in to get as much information as I have accumulated, which is no different than spending time over the close season mapping feature with a marker float and jotting it down on paper. The world has moved on and we don’t send letters handwritten anymore, we send emails.

Back to the subject in question.

Firstly, find the area that you have seen the carp showing and then search on your personal page for that area, zoom in and study the contours. You can work out where the best spot in the swim is to intercept them from.

8 ft drop off

An 8ft drop-off may be leading down from a 5ft gravel bar.

5 ft Bar

You still have to observe the carp’s movement around the lake and comprehend their reasoning as to why they will be moving.

Once you have located your hot spots in multiple swims, you can simply arrive, find the carp, check your information, and set about getting the rods and bait out extra.

Measuring

You can measure the distance from your swim and calculate the number of wraps needed for 10ft, 12ft, or even 13ft rods, flick a lead out and feel it down if you’re after that ‘donk’ or simply chuck a bag out.

Same spot

This is the same spot, but without any overlays, it also helps you understand where the carp are traveling from or to.

Horizon makers

You can zoom out and check for horizon makers, all this is at your fingertips. This can all be done at home and you can build up a portfolio of swims in a very short space of time. I use to do all this in a notebook with a pencil and sketch put the treeline and distance to the spots. To this day, I can’t understand why distance sticks took so long to come out as a tool for fishing. I use to walk out the distance and use power gum on the line, I also counted the number of posts along the fence line and then stuck a peg in the ground. On occasions, I moved other people’s pegs but that’s a whole different story. We all had bank sticks, so why on earth didn’t we think of distance sticks in the 80s?

The above spot (example) in this write-up is where I’d had quite a few fish from over the years and also where my bleak winter of 2022 finally came to an end after capturing 3 carp and losing one.

18lber
26lber
22lber

This does not take away the watercraft of arriving at the lake, looking for carp and talking to other anglers. It’s about understanding what you can see, what is underneath that you can’t, and when a carp shows you know exactly what’s out there. After all, the effort I put in with marker floats and mapping lakes by hand, is simply not going to be as accurate.

Top Tips

The bigger the screen, the better understanding.

Until next time

Richard

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Trip 33 Carp Fishing – 2022


I’m out on the syndicate for a social few nights with Ian, who I’ve not seen since before my camping holiday in late May.

We meet at the gate, just before 1030 am, and had a look about in a few swims. A couple were occupied, so we settled for Badger Island. I set up in the Jungle Swim and Ian set up in the one I was in last week.

Jungle swim

I got the marker rod out, to check that the spot I was interested in was still feeling perfect. I had previously found this spot with my Deeper and has been producing fish for me over the years very well.

In the middle of nowhere
Need that deeper water
Got it

If you ever wondered why my rod tips are always so high, it’s because of the boulders and these 2ft bars.

2ft bar

This is when the water levers are up, it can get problematic when they start to drop over the summer months.

With the maker float popped up on the perfect smooth clean silt spot, I like to fish. I spombed out a good few kilos of Classic Corn Boilies 🌽 .

Hideaways

After last week’s success, I put a 12mm PPS pop-up on each rod. After having a long chat and a drink with Ian this afternoon, I came back and flicked the rods out.

Morning

The night was completely bleep-free, with the odd crashing carp and the wildlife coming back to life a bit more than normal in the early hours. I’m hoping for a morning take before I have to pop up the road to Salisbury hospital for a routine appointment. With any luck, I’ll be back by noon, get those rods out, and pick up an early afternoon fish.

We’ve 18 degrees today, the pressure is slowly building up over the session, and the wind is due to slowly pick up as we go through the day. There are similar conditions tomorrow, so it’s looking very hopeful over the coming 48 hours.

Bivvy Life

After coming back from the hospital, my swim was now in the shade and the best place to watch the water was from the bivvy. I was hoping it would rattle off before long and praying I wasn’t too late.

The answer came about 1315, the right-hand rod was away and kitting extremely right. I headed out into the lake as quickly as possible, trying to gain ground, which was proving impossible at this point. I was mindful that this had happened before and there was something out they that had caused a hook pull before. It passed that point and was heading for a very dead tree in the water (between Ian and I), waking out further and around the tree in my swim. The carp was now between me and the bank, going along the margins, I needed to gain ground before it came into contact with the big tree.

Big tree

It rolled just to the right of the tree on the other side of it, if I hadn’t been up to my waist in the lake and beyond the bush facing towards the bank it would have been gone! It swam between me and the tree. I worked my way closer to the bank coaxing it back out into open water, missing my right-hand rod, so glad I have my tips so high up, as this would not be possible to achieve. The carp was finally in open water and me back closer to the bank, it finally rolled on the surface. It was a mirror, which is nice, but I did think it looked a bit like one I had in early spring.  Can’t complain, mirrors are pretty rare in here, it finally rolled into the Nsr50 and I could breathe a sigh of relief, as I hadn’t missed the lunchtime feeding spell.

It was the same fish
20lb 11oz

Well happy with that, Ian came around and helped me out with the photography and video, it was safely returned with a snap in the water.

Water shot

With that over, it was most definitely time for some lunch. I grabbed the Weber and headed over to Ian’s swim, he still had his rods out and was hoping for another carp, after the 12lb 5oz Common at around 0930 this morning.

Nice Start

It was burgers, mushrooms, and onions for lunch, with a small beer to wash it all down with. I was back to my swim just before 4pm, the wind had picked up and was looking very carpy.

Just before 4.30pm, my left-hand rod was away, straight out and off to the left. I was lucky because as I gained ground, it started to come straight in, however, it kept breaking the surface. I just hate that. It was now also heading right and along the back of the 2ft bar in front of me. I held the rod as high as possible and walked towards the bar, I started to rise up it, the fish was off out into open water, but I gained ground and got it safely into my margins, gently played it out under the rod tip until it finally slipped in the Nsr50.

Hard fighting
14lb 11oz

I’m hoping I’ve got some good footage, as I’ve brought along my Sony Handycam, it was running both times, unfortunately, when I go around the tree/bush you can’t help but walk off-screen.

I got the bait back out there and settled down for the evening. You just never know if another one may come my way before dark. This is so much easier than going through all that in the middle of the night trying to spot which way the line is going with my head touch with no glasses on!

It was getting close to 10pm and I was thinking it was time to get my head, just as the right rod burst into life and instantly headed right, which at the range I was fishing could be problematic. It was also heading out further, I slowly got the carp coming back my way, but it was still going right. I’m aware of a shallow bar to my right, so I had to lift the rod up high, rest the butt on my chest and keep pumping away, gaining line as much as possible. I just missed the snags but something was wrong, I couldn’t gain more line. I grabbed my small net, kept the pressure on, and headed up the margins. As I got closer it was apparent that the fish had picked up some braid that was still attached to a spomb and the underwater sunken tree branches. These were fun trying to walk over those, as I got near, the carp was on the surface and netable. Once in the net, it was a matter of getting the briad untangled from the trees, wade back with the carp and my newly found spomb – bit of a bonus.

Came with a free spomb!
13lb 12oz

Once the fish was safely back in the water, I had to remake my rig and get it back on the spot, it was definitely time to get my head down now.

Just after 1130 pm the same rod was away again, this carp was doing the same as the last one, it was starting to feel a bit like deja vu, when I felt the lead knocking on the boulders, this fish was holding the ground much more than the last one. You can never really tell until they are in the net, my rod was up as high as I could get it and the carp had clearly found something, all of a sudden the line went slack and I reel in with that sinking feeling, my rig was all intact, the hook was still perfect. I got another hook bait sorted and flicked it back out and we shall see if the next one outwits me or not.

I was awoken by my Delkim screaming away at me in the middle of a dream, all confused putting my waders on and grabbing the right-hand rod. They are liking that area. This fish was less problematic, it felt going left was the better option, I could tell it was like the one I lost last night. It was holding its ground in the open water, plodding from left to right, as I was getting closer, I had to get out more into the lake as it was heading left more and trying to get around the big tree in my swim or even under it! I was not having that and the carp knew it and just ripped back off out into open water. It was still in control and off out into the middle, trying to replicate the same move as it had just tried, I was having none of that and was out around the front of the bush. It moved right into the middle of the swim. Time for it to plod away under the rod tip for a few minutes before it was in that Nsr50.

Peach
25lb 4oz

What a perfect way to start the morning off and with steak and chips on the menu for the BBQ later, let’s hope it doesn’t rain, mind you the carp do love a bit of rain here, showers preferably.

Cloudy & Windy

The conditions are looking spot on today and with the odd carp crashing out it’s looking very favorable indeed.

Water shot

First-light water shots aren’t great in this swim, as the sun is shining on the other bank. Luckily I got to see some this morning, as we now have rain and a drizzle, come on that big lump we are all hoping for (someday out of here).

Breakfast/lunch was had on the Weber again and the chance of a lunchtime take was fading away, the wind had picked up nicely and there was broken cloud cover.

Perfect
Stunning

This swim is like my own personal world and a real tonic from what else is happening currently in the world, shame I can’t bring the family and live here.

I’m planning on topping the swim up with a couple more spombs about 1430 and then head over to Ian’s swim for the afternoon, some light refreshments, tea on the Weber, then head back and get the rods out for the evening. My lunchtime take finally happened, but it was more of a tea time take, on the right-hand rod yet again, be interesting to see what color hook bait I’ve got on the other rod, as I’ve forgotten.

This fish tried to go both left and right but I walked along the margins, it was off out into open water again, after a few attempts, it happily played itself out under the rod tip and was in the Nsr50 again.

Happy

They just drop in the net, and happily sit there until I get them out and do the snaps.

Happy days
21lb 11oz
Best I got

Not the best water shot, but the video footage looks ok.

It’s just about 1630and was definitely time for tea.

Looking good
Absolutely fantastic

With tea over, it was back to my swim and rod’s back out on the spot by 1930hrs. Hopefully, I will get a few takes tonight, if not, I will certainly catch up on some sleep, one way or another, winner-winner chicken diner!.

What a place
Island/Bays
Open water

Ian and I are the only people I can spot on this part of the complex and it’s a Saturday night.

Wow, after the last 48 hours, these last 12 hours were completely bleep-free, I wasn’t quite expecting that. At least one bite I would have thought, I was woken up in the night thinking that it would be an early morning alarm call, but no. You can see how these carp move in and out of an area, probably because of the lack of angler pressure on the far bank and there are a lot of sanctuaries for them to hide in. I hope Ian has caught last night, he is staying until this afternoon and stands a good chance of a take then as well.

It’s 8 am and packing up time for a day of family fun, not sure what yet.

I will be back again next weekend and hopefully, the weather will be favorable, but it’s July, and those hot summer days can’t be far off when my swim selection is down to sheltered swim under trees, trouble with being fair-skinned.

Until next time

Be lucky

Richard

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Trip 32 Carp Fishing – 2022


At the beginning of this week, I was wondering if I would actually get out fishing with the temperatures forecast to 26 degrees. But as luck would have it, my wife ended up working from home Wednesday/ Thursday. The weather change was now due Thursday, it was a perfect opportunity to get down the lake again.

I arrived at about 1230 to find that it was completely empty and I could pick any swim I liked. I checked the weather again, thunderstorms were due Thursday afternoon till Friday am. The wind was due to swing back from the North West to South Westlys again and the pressure was due to be dropping over the next few days.

My Pitch

This could only mean one thing, get back into the North West corner of the lake, and wait for the wind to change. This was going to be some time tomorrow morning before the pending storm, let’s hope it all comes together, there’s a nice breeze on the water and a few fish moving around this end already.

High Tips

My baits are on the normal spots I fish in here and with a load of 15mm Classic Corn Boilies put out, we will see how the next few nights pan out.

The carp were clearly in the small bay to my right. Having fished it last year and knowing these carp and how they fight, I’m not sure if I would land anything I hooked, some thought will need to be put into that.

The night was deadly quiet, with only a couple of bleeps early on that give me a lot of confidence going into the night. The forecast is still looking pukka for later on, which is when I believe I will stand a better chance of catching.

Roll on the Thunderstorms this afternoon.

I left the rod’s out hoping for my normal noon/1 o’clock take, and sure enough, it ripped off. The fish was heading out into more open water and to the right towards a known boulder. Despite keeping my rod tip as high as possible, alas the carp bumped the hook off. I couldn’t believe it, I’d waited all morning for it and it has done me on a boulder. Gutted

Time for lunch

I think it’s time for lunch, the rain had missed me so far, I’m not sure if it will make it here.

The afternoon passed and with only a bit of light drizzle, that was it for the rain and a bit disappointing, but the carp are still showing. The temperature is so much cooler than yesterday, but the pressure was clearly still dropping and I felt there’s still a good chance of a carp or two over the next 24 hours, the wind had turned and was finally picking up.

Weather looking better

Hopefully, this evening and tonight will hopefully help and produce.

I’m a bit perplexed this morning and really need to put some thought into what’s going on, with these carp at night. I’ve not had a bleep all night again and this is despite the carp being all around me. Other than the one run from yesterday, I’ve had no other action. I’m concerned that they are not loving the deeper water that I’m fishing in and had produced may a take over the years.

Egg box

It’s like an egg box out there – full of boulders, I’m getting more frustrated and may just have to try.

I was thinking of moving, but my daughter has gone to school feeling ill, I’m likely to get a call from the school to come and collect her. I’ve even packed up a few bits and pieces and put the Weber and Fox cool box back in the car – just in case. If she makes it through the day, I may move this afternoon and do the last night over there, tricky swim to set up in as it’s quite high up and the ground is rock hard in the Daisy Swim.

I got my breakfast on go and just before it was ready, the right-hand rod was away, which had been out there for coming up to 48 hours. It absolutely ripped off and nearly picked up the other line, as it’s kited left more and more. I was mindful of that boulder, which caused the hook pull yesterday lunchtime. I walked backward slowly pulling the carp away from that area, once it’d completely avoided it, I waded out into the water, and pulled the Nsr50 out with me, and around the bushes. The carp by now was trying for the bay to my right, it didn’t really stand a chance. I needed to be mindful of the small channel between the tiny island, it has a lot of underwater obstructions caused by the overhanging trees. It was now under my control, rather than the other way around and soon slipped into the Nsr50, wasn’t a monster but well-built fish.

Safe in the Nsr50
11lber

With a new lease of life and a blank saver landed, I put on a fresh bait on, recast to my spot, and got my breakfast back on the go.

I was feeling a lot happier and the odd carp had started to show around my baited spot, which was hopefully due to the wind picking up and really pushing down this end of the lake again. I was even hopeful of my midday run.

Just after 1215, the left rod was away again, amazing how it had sat silent for so long.

This carp did the same as the other one with the exception of plowing straight across the front of the swim in the last minutes of the fight, going for the bush and the snags just behind it. I sunk my tip straight away, unfortunately, this involved catching the line of the left-hand rod and now would involve that being recast. I had no other option, as there was no time to pass the rod over the top, as I needed to get the carp under control before doing that.

Pukka
18lb 10oz

That’s better, I recast both rods back out, you never know I just may get another just this afternoon, as the conditions are still pukka.

Just before 4 pm, I used my throwing stick to put a load of 20mm Classic Corn Boilies out, as I didn’t want to spomb. I think these carp don’t like the noise, we are due some rain showers and a bit more bait out will certainly help me.

Rain

Here comes the rain and with any luck, may well bring a couple of bites tonight. I intend to be off the water by 10am tomorrow morning, which will be before any daytime bites normally happen, fingers crossed for tonight. 

The rain moved in and the wind picked up, the conditions were awesome, just after 8pm the right rod was away again, this one headed hard right. I had to wade out as far as I could, to make sure I could get the carp away from the tree-lined snags off to my right and with the tip down as far as I could. I pumped the fish along until it was in front and I could play the carp out under the rod tip until it was ready for the net.

Stunning
16lb 13oz

The fish was safely back on the water, I was soaking wet by now as it was pouring down the whole time, glad I had my waders on and only had a wet top. I quickly got the rig back out and I got back in the bivvy, I stuck the stove on to warm myself up and dry out.

Just after 10.30, that very same rod was away again, not such an issue this time, was pretty much straight in the net.

Baby
10lber

I’m not going to complain, because at 8 am this morning I was still blanking and had lost one. The weather change has certainly worked out well for me in the end. Even if this turns out to be the last carp of the trip. I’m feeling very confident that I should get a least one more bite, even the rain has stopped and the stars are now out, still got a good blow on the water, which is keeping me feeling that I’ve definitely got another chance coming my way.

It’s clear and the sky is starry now, until the sunshine tomorrow morning.

I was up about 0445 for a call of nature and thought I’d better get back in the sack to grab a couple more hours. It’s going to be a busy day for me and quite a late night. Just before 6 am, the right-hand rod was away again, which was nice and a surprise, the lake earlier was flat calm, the sun was coming up over the forest and I felt my time had passed. Just goes to show you how wrong you can be on this water, these carp can surprise you at any time of the day.

They were no real issues playing the carp into the Nsr50, it pretty much came straight in, apart from a near issue with the other rod when I took the rod over the line and then discovered that I needn’t of bothered. That was sorted, the carp just played around under the rod tip for a long time, making me realize that it wasn’t no 10lber this time.

Huge Tail
17lb 6oz

My biggest fish of the trip, with a few hours to go to bag a twenty, here’s hoping!

What I realized was all these fish had come to the Pink Pepper Squid, with the exception of the first take (which I lost). I took the chance to bring the other rod in and change the bait over to one of those, hoping to bring another take my way in the next few hours. I would start to pack up around 8 am, which would get me home before 10am, to give me more time to sort things out and spend time with the family over the weekend. It’s going to be a sunny one and hopefully, it may dry out my bivvy before hone time.

Sunny Day

If I’m unlucky, I could get caught in the odd widespread showers today, but it looks good so far.

Rod on the deck

Bivvy is down, the rods are on the floor and that was it, not a bad trip in the end, in fact, I’m well-pleased and can’t wait to get back down next week.

Until then, be lucky

Richard

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