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    Well i was all geared up to do another session on the park lake as it was being so kind to me all the bait was ready all new rigs tied for the lake all i had to do the following morning was load the car, when i had a phone call saying that one of my syndicates was open not my main one but i was still happy that i could get away from the hustle and Bussell of the park lake even though it had fished well and still was with fish coming out over 30 lb, but my hart is always going to be on my syndicates, well that phone call has thrown a spanner in the works fishing on the syndicate is totally different to the park lake so all the bait went  back in the freezer and a different mixture of bait was prepared ready for the morning, we that evening i sat there tying up different rigs as on the syndicate it was a different ball game when it comes to presentation the lake bottom is covered in silt, and i mean in some places its up to 4ft deep so i wanted to make sure that my rigs stayed on top and fishing all the time ,i had used solid bags to good effect so i was going to go in with that to start.
    Well i was up nice and early for the long drive to the lake i made i loaded the car and made a brew to take with me and i was of down the motorway, after what felt like eternity i final drove down the dirt track that lead to the gate, once i was at the gate my hart was racing in anticipation of how the session would go as i opened the gate and drove down to the car park i could see no one was there witch was a result, iam sure there will be a few tonight after work ,so i locked the car and took for a walk round the lake, well the lake is just a open expanse of water with reeds all the way round the edge of the lake and big trees around the bank for cover  so you can imagine that the fish do love to pratol  the margins so as i was walking round looking in all the swims i also kept a eye out in the edge for fish ,i climbed a few of the higher trees and could see that there was a good few fish in one corner of the lake witch was at the far end of the lake, the lake isn't that big only about 9 acers so it doesn't take to long to walk round.
    Well seeing them fish made my mind up i was going to start in that corner and if nothing happens or the fish do the off ill have to move, well the barrow was loaded with all the gear and of i went to my swim there was no rush as there was still no one around, arriving at my swim witch was named the ghost witch i wasn't to pleased about why couldn't the fish be some were else lol i decided to set my gear up as far back from the edge of the swim as possible so if the fish did come right in close i wouldn't spook them of, once the house was up rods were all ready to go i sat back and made a brew and then i would decided were my baits were going to go as there is no features out in the lake its just flat with silt and the odd weed bed close in , well all three rods were going on solid back and in the bags bi would have a mixture of small dynamite pellets and a small white almond pop up then over the top of that i will be putting a spod mix witch consists of corn, hemp. And pigeon mix that is just to keep them interested in the area , tea had been drunk and it was now time to put the rods out but i decided to take a climb up the tree to see if i could see were they were patrolling in the area.

    Once i was up the tree and looking properly i could see that to my right there was a small weed bed   coming of the reads for about 15 yards out and there was a few fish milling around that ,straight out at about 50 yards it looks like there was some fish feeding as the water was all coloured and there was some fish swimming around the cloud so that was two rods sorted the left had rod i was going to put down the felt margin as there was a overhanging willow about 20 yards down the bank i took a mental note of were the fish were and climbed back down so i could put the rods out, the left had rod went out spot on first cast just under the tip of the willow the middle rod took two cast witch meant tying on a new solid bag   and the right had rod again spot on tight up against the weed bank ,i  wasn't going to put any spod mix out just yet i would do that later for now i was just going to leave the bags on there own as i don't want to spook them of by smashing the water to a foam.
    Well once everything was sorted i sat back down at the back of my swim tucked away in the trees and made myself some breakfast as i was saving i put some mushrooms in nthe ridge monkey and them some bacon in the other ridgemonkey and made myself a nice sandwich then washed it down with a nice hot brew all while watching the water well it must have been about 10 o'clock in the morning befor i saw a fish crash out and it was nearly bang on my middle rod out were i had seen the cloudy area so i was well happy that i hadn't spooked them of with the two casts just as the ripples had stopped one of the members came walking though the trees into my swim, he was here for a couple of days to so we had a quick chat and a cuppa tea and i told him what i had seen and he then took of to have a look round and find a swim ,well i settled down in the chair to watch the water, well it looks like the other member had settled in a swim at the other end of the lake he must have seen some thing down there, while i was watching the water i decided to make up some fresh solid bags but i was going to change the hook bait for tonight i was going to take of the round 12mm round almond pop up and put on a 12mm barrel,.

    As the day due on a few more ppl turned up so hopefully ift might move the fish around more if there up the other end, i had only seen that one fish during the day crash out i was hoping that they were still in the area so i decided to climb the trees behind me to have a look well once i was up there the cloudy area from this morning had gone and the water was gin clear so it looked like they had done the of from that area no i was thinking do i keep it there ready for the morning i decided that i would stay with that spot for the night  the left hand rod was going to stay in the same area as well but when i looked the the right i saw a few fish milling around and feeding on top of some low lying weed, no what do i do with the right hand rod do i move it on to the weed or leave it just of it ,the fish don't seam to be moving of the weed ,but i no that the fish will be more comfortable away from the the weed of a night but i might take the chance and put one on the weed so at least if they move back on it in the morning ill have a bait there i still have two other rods that will be ok for the night i no that the willow tree does bites of a night and so does open water  so i was happy with them two for tonight, so i reeled in the rod that was near the weed bed tied up a new bag and cast it onto the low lying weed were the fish were active during the day i left the other two were they were as i was happy with the spots that they were on.

    The sun was setting and i was sitting out side my shelter cooking tea when i had  a couple of bleeps on the rod that was on the weed then a fish launched its self right out the water on my spot, now have i been done of had it just touched the line i didn't want to risk it so i turned my tea of and re done the rod then sat back down to have my tea i just hopped i hadn't spooked the fish of, well as it got dark i sat there watching the water with a cup of tea hoping to see some signs of fish but i  didn't see or hear anything well into darkness so i decided to get my head down as i wanted to be up at the crack of dawn but i hoped to be u[p before then, well lets just say i had a good nights sleep not even a bleep ,so i was awake just as it was getting light and was sitting on my chair with a nice steaming hot brew looking for signs ,and i  see a few but it was on the other side of the lake near a few others and nothing near me so had i made a mess of things by staying here i don't no the fish were here yesterday  so they might turn back up today ill give it till about 3 if they don't come back then ill move before the overnight gang turn up later well i sat there for a few hours and i see nothing on my side but the sun had come over the trees now and was hitting myside of the lake so this should warm up the water over my spots and bring the carp with it.

    After i had some brekkie i decided to climb the tree behind the swim to see if i could see any fish well once i was up there i could see a group of about 10 fish all around the area of the rod that was cast on to the weed i stayed up the tree for about a hour and i could see two fish that were happy to swim over or near my bait so all i needed was for one of them top drop down and i would be in, i climbed back down and sat there just watching the water and tying up a few new rigs ,i redone the rod that was near the willow with a fresh rig but left the other two i would do them later if i stayed here well i was glad i did when about an hour later the rod that was on top of the low lying weed melted of i dropped the cuppa i was drinking at the time and ran to the rod as i picked up the rod it torr of out into the lake i dropped the middle rod to get the line out of the way and tried to get some control of this power house of a fish after a while i managed to get some line back on my reel from the fish but it started to kite towards the willow so i put some strain on it and turned it away from there but there was a lot of weed on my line now that it had picked up on the way in so i had to be carefully well a few minutes later i had the fish in the margins and it was using the deep margins to full effect but after a few gulps of air she slipped in the net and she was mine, i was well chuffed as it was one of the scaly ones big scales down its side ,i made sure the fish was safe in the net in the edge and got all my stuff ready for the photos, well on the scales she went 28lb 10oz a few photos and i slipped her back as it was getting really warm now.
    I re done that rod with a new bag and cast it back on top of the weed ready for another if they were still thereafter that fish i decided to stay put i was going to try some thing different on the rod that was near the willow i was going to put a Ronnie rig on with a yellow almond flavour pop up and  bait it with  mixed  sizes of my almond flavoured boilie the rig was cast close to the tree and i used the rings that it made to get the bait spot on then sat down to just chill out and hope that what i have done would get me another bite one of the A team would be nice that evening a few of the members walked round for a chat and to see what was happening as they were down the weekend i told them what i had seen and what the fish were doing and they went of to look round, one of the lads that fish's here was coming down for the night and was going to bring a Chinese in so i didn't have to cook witch was a result as i couldn't be bothered well after we had scanned our tea he decided to set up in the next swim which was about 200 yards down from me which was ok as i needed a camera  man lol well i did the same as the night before and got my head down early so i was up first thing well i didn't get that good nights sleep like the night before because at about midnight the rod i had changed to a  bottom bait tore of but that fish came of so I climbed back in the bag and got some sleep I was up early and started the slow pack down I was just going to keep the rods out for the last few hours I had to be away for 10, I climbed the tree to see what was out there and i looked all over the swim and there was nothing to see not last yesterday were there was a big group of fish here o well at least i had one it could have been better but that's fishing i climbed back down packed the rods away as there was nothing there and made my way home but i couldn't wait to get back down so lets see what happens next time i down


    be lucky


    As a family, we lived together in Yelvertoft for a number of
    years, from the age of 4 years old until I was 8. During those
    years, I was taught how to fish. I caught the bug. The bug for
    fishing. And then that’s how it all started...
    Initially, we lived with my Nan and Pap, in their big farm
    house. During this time, they decided to build their new
    home, ensuring it was wheelchair friendly for Pap. They
    began the build of their dream home in 1992, with it being
    completed in 1995. The house was complimented with an
    acre that housed a wheelchair friendly fishing lake with a
    large variety of fish stocked; roach, chub, tench, perch
    crucian carp, mirrors and commons.
    I still remember my first little rod and reel which sadly I don’t
    have anymore despite having looked everywhere for it. It was
    a small 6ft rod, matched with a small reel that was quite old
    which sounded and felt like a coffee grinder, but it did the
    Every time I saw Pap heading out to the fishing lake, I wasn’t
    far behind him with my little rod and reel, desperate to catch
    some fish for myself. I would help myself to his maggots and
    other bait pots while he got me set up with a little float. My
    older sister Charlotte would sometimes follow, so we could
    share rods .
    If Charlotte or I weren’t fishing, we would enjoy watching
    Pap reel them in, because he would always catch.
    Pap’s lake wasn’t just for his use, he opened it up as a day
    ticket fishery. Providing a wheelchair friendly lake with
    disabled toilet facilities… it soon became a popular venue,
    not just for the locals but anglers further afield. This meant
    that if all the swims were taken, my rod had to stay packed
    away as they were paying customers, but I didn’t mind as this
    didn’t stop me from going around the lake and talking to the
    anglers. I would watch how they were fishing, looking at their
    rods and reels and other kit they had. I was envious of their
    fishing kit, particularly how quiet and smooth their reels were
    – the total opposite to mine!
    Christmas was around the corner, so when writing my
    Christmas list, a new reel had to be at the top! A new, quiet,
    smooth fishing reel, my dream had come true! I was so
    excited to get my new reel, I can still remember unwrapping
    it to this day. It was my pride and joy, I couldn’t wait to show
    my Pap, allowing him to spool it up with line and to then
    finally get using it.

    As I got older and the fish getting bigger, Pap taught me more
    and more about fishing and the different techniques to catch
    fish. My favourite was catching the chub off the surface using
    a bubble float, small hook and single maggot, using a catapult
    to spread some maggots in front of the hook bait and slowly
    reeling through the freebies. It worked every time! Catching
    the chub was great fun but I hadn’t caught a carp by this
    After watching Pap catch numerous carp, I wanted to catch
    one. With a bit of help from him, I managed just that.
    WOW!!! This is different, harder fighting, aching arms,
    although it wasn’t a big carp it was big to me, still being
    young. I wanted more!!!
    As the years went by, friends and I would fish “the little gem
    of Yelvertoft”. Mainly being, my good mate Dan Mclaven,
    who was new to fishing, but it didn’t take him long to get the
    bug either. As me and Dan started fishing more and catching
    more carp, it was time to write another Christmas list. This
    years, included a two rod carp set up, bite alarms rods and
    reels (I still kept my quiet, smooth reel on my small rod).
    With father Christmas bringing me my new carp gear, I was
    now completely addicted to carp fishing.
    From the age of 11/12, Dan and I loved catching the carp on
    sweetcorn or luncheon meat and often, I would ask Pap if
    we could camp next to the lake and fish through the night.
    Even though it was a day ticket, dusk till dawn, he let us as
    this kept us out of trouble!! We never used to catch much
    through the night but it was fun camping out with our
    sandwiches and cans of coke. We did however catch plenty
    of carp through the day.
    Yelvertoft became more popular over the years and required
    people to ring before they came to book . The carp got a lot
    bigger with a couple even reaching near the 30lb mark.
    Although as the years went by me and friends would still fish
    “the little gem of Yelvertoft” but also started to venture out
    to other venues, closer to Kettering .

    Fast forwarding to 2010 things began to change. Sadly Pap’s
    health started to deteriorate and was diagnosed with
    Alzheimer’s disease. This had a huge impact on his ability to
    get out to the fishing lake.
    In 2012-2013 the dreaded otters invaded and totally wiped
    the lake out, coupled with bad floods, the lake was virtually
    empty. Still surviving were some small roach and the odd
    perch. As a family we were devastated
    In August 2016, Pap sadly passed away, a very sad and
    difficult time for the whole family.
    With Nan now being on her own, we visited as much as
    possible, however a year later after Pap passed away, Mum
    and Dad decided to sell up in Kettering and move back in to
    Nans house. At this point, the lake had become very over
    grown, water levels dropped, weed and lilly pads had spread
    virtually all over and the boardwalks and wooden bays had
    become rotten and very unsafe. This was a real eye opener
    for Dad and I, we were very sad to see how quickly, the
    “gem” had deteriorated, so we needed to do something
    about it.
    We sat down over a couple of pints and tried to come up
    with a plan, as to what we’re going to do and how we are
    going to do it.
    Fast forward to 2017…Operation clean up!!
    We started this project to get Yelvertoft fishery back to its
    former glory and to open it back up as a day ticket again. A
    lot of hours and graft have gone in to it with Dan and I
    putting in some hours but most of all, my dad. Dan and I
    tackled the out of control weeds and lilly’s, whilst Dad
    focussed on the boardwalks and bays.
    It’s now starting to take shape, all boardwalks and bays are
    completed, complimented with new benches. One taking
    pride of place, located in Pap’s favourite swim on the lake.
    That swim is now called “Pap’s swim”.
    We are currently looking at re-stocking the lake and carrying
    out some water treatments to help control the growth of
    weed. We also need to protect the lake from the otters with
    some fencing.

    We as a family cannot wait to get “the little gem of
    Yelvertoft” back open again and seeing the fish grow, people
    fishing the lake, especially me. It means so much to me and
    my family and it will be a place I can teach my children how
    to fish.
    Keep a look out “the little gem of Yelvertoft” will be back!!


    Well I had a operation on the Wednesday that went all well and  I was itching to get back out on the bank, so got hold of a good mate of mine  and we both decided to go on a Sunday to a lake that has its ups and downs, if you catch it right you can bag a few if not it's a wait and hope, that  the carp gods are going to give you that 1 bite
    So come Sunday morning i got up early and loaded the car then drove round and  picked my mate Dave up and hit the road , after about  an hours journey we arrived at a lake called north view and decided to hit there specimen lake , so we  got all gear round to the swim we picked  and set u, all the rigs were tied and we were going to use the  strawberry ice pop ups from Lancashire carp baits, and the taska   camo green leader with the bassline tungsten chod beads and chod 60mm sleeve to keep everything pinned down and a nice small lead as its only a small lake I cast one  close to a island to my left and the other on a zigged strawberry ice 18mm pop up on a taska lead clip on a the taska lead free leader in open water.
    I had 4 carp and lost 1 sadly my night pics of a koi I caught didn't come out but I'll be back there for another go , just wanted to also thank taska for taking me on board the team and Lancashire carp baits as well , no matter who you are keep doing what you love,  you will go as far as you want to tight lines all.
    David Johnstone 




    After 20plus years with mainline I've decided to move on we have not falling out in anyway, i just wanted to try something different and I've heard of munch baits over the years and after looking into what they do bait wise i was really impressed and had a talk with them and agreed to join them, well i took the cream seed its a bird food based bait and as its coming up to winter this wood be a good bait to start with.

    the first session using the bait would be on one of my syndicates so a bit of prep before that i took a bag of the cream seed and pored the bait glug over them and left it to soak in, just to give it a boost the bait, now i would leave this for a few days ,and i was going to take some particle as well that would be the dead reds witch they do witch is a mixture of seeds and some maggots this would get them grubbing around as well, well early Monday morning i loaded the car with everything and of i set for the 3 hour journey i just hoped that the traffic would be ok as the m6 can be a nightmare at times well i was lucky this time it was ok and after 3 and a bit hours i was driving into the carp park well it looked quite busy there was 8 cars already there but some of them might have just done the night, so i looked the car and went of for a walk round.

    i can to the first swim that commands a big peace of water from here i could see most of the lake i stood there for a while and i saw a few fish down the far end but by the look of things there was a few ppl down there and if you get to many down that end they can move out as its a very shallow bay that's were most of the fish spend the summer down there but as the weather is going to change and we are going to get wind and rain and its going to be a bit colder i was thinking of going into the big bay up this end the wind s supposed to change and blow up this way, the bay only has two swims in it and its around 8 ackers in size so that wont bother me or the fish so i walked back to the car and loaded the barrow and as i did this one of the lads walked into the car park and after a chat he told me that

    the fish were on the move and making there way down the lake as they had past him this morning so were i was going was going to be a good shout we he loaded his car and i made my way to the big bay i was going to go into a swim called the ghost its named this as some ppl have said that they have felt that some one was watching them in the night and seen a figure in the woods behind it so this should be fun.

    Once at the swim the i sat at the front of the swim and watched the water the wind was lightly blowing into the bay now but i sat there for about an hour and didn't see nothing but i just had a felling that this is were they would end up so i started to sort my gear out the house was up and everything was in place but before i put the rods out i decided to have a quick brew, while i was drinking the brew i saw my first fish but it was a long way out but it looked like is was coming in the right direction towards the bay, I sat back in my bivvy and tied up three new rigs the rigs i was going to use was the Ronnie size 2 straight point gripz and munch baits cream seed pop up as hookbait , these were all tied to a helicopter rig with a evolve Shure link leader and a big 4oz dumpy lead, I first had to find three spots to place my baits on, i took the marker of and was just going to use the lead to fell around , with the first cast i was aiming towards a big weed bed to my left after about 5 casts i found a small clean patch of silt about two rod lengths of the weed bed once the rod was out there i spombed out about a kilo of cream seed and 10 spombs of dead reds to get started the middle rod i cast the rod towards a second weed bed that was a bit further out i found a similar spot but really close to the weed bed and i baited it with the same the thrid rod i found a nice silty spot that was in open water at about 100 yards out with no weed around it and again i baited it the same as the others,

    After i had sorted everything i made myself another brew and sat there just chilling and watching the water when the bailiff came walking down the wooded path i made him a brew and we chatted about what's been going on and what's been caught and i found out that most of the fish have been coming out from up the other end that's why most of the anglers were up there but the wind had been pushing up there for awhile now, but it had changed and started to push towards me and we were both saying that the fish would move on it and we even see a couple of fish in my bay just behind the big weed bed that i had two rods in front of, so i was really confident of a bite at some stage, after about half an hour he went and i was on my own again it was about mid day till i see my next fish and it was this side of the weed bed so it looks like they are moving in closer, know i started to think should i have put a rod closer in but i sat on my hands knowing that were i had put my baits were good spots, as the sun started to go down the wind stopped and the water went flat calm and looked like a mirror so if anything moved i would see it, a few more ppl had turned up and gone up the other end they didn't even look down this end witch i was pleased about, witch meant i had the whole bay to my self and i saw a few shows before it got dark then into dark i heard quite a few more shows witch i think were over the back of the weed bed i think but as it got later into the night i heard less so i decided to get my head down as i wanted to be up early just so i could watch for showing fish well i had a good night sleep as the bobbins stayed in the same spots as before i went to sleep and sat there watching the steam coming of the kettle when i heard two bleep's from the first rod i cast out then as i looked at the rod it burst into life and the line was peeling of the spool i was on it in a shot and as soon as i picked the rod up it was still taking line but after a while i eventually managed to slow the fish down then it hit the weed bed and all went solid so i kept pressure on the line and it started to move slowly towards me and i pumped it towards me then the weed must have come of as the fish bolted of to the right and over the other two rods so i dipped the rods in the water to keep the fish away from the lines well it went right down the margins so i had to really give it some welly to get it back out in front of the swim then it went back and forth till i finally got the fish on the surface and take a few gulps of air and then i slowly pulled it over the net cord and it sunk into the bottom of the net,

    I was well happy with that a fish on the first night and it looked like a good twenties and had a few apple slice scales on the side of it, i made sure the fish was safe in the net then i started to get my camera and weigh slings ready, well out on the scales the fish went 28lb 4 oz fish was gently placed on the mate and same water pored over it to keep it wet then a few self takes and i then took her back to the water and watched her swim of back into her watery home, i

    sharpened the hook and then i rebaited the rod the cast it back on the spot and then baited it back up with more cream seed then sat back and made my self a cuppa and watched the sun come over the trees and see if there were any signs of fish in the area, well it got to about 10 o'clock and i hadn't seen any signs of fish any ware a few lads walked round looking and stopped for a cuppa and we put the world to rights, i reeled the rods in at mid day and went for a walk round the lake to just see if there was anything happening i climbed a few trees down the bottom end and all i could see was bream cruising on the surface i had a few cups of tea with the other lads and found out that one other fish had been out last night down the end were everyone was fishing but they hadn't seen much down there, so i walked back to my end of the lake witch i had to myself as i turned the corner to the bay i see a fish crash out right over were my rods would have been i was not happy i should have kept my rods in, back in my swim i tied new rigs and put on fresh pop ups ready to cast out again it was now about 4 o'clock so i really needed the rods out there, all three rods went out first cast and were on the spots, and i rebaits all three spots with a mixture of boilies and particle and then sat down with a brew.

    The evening drew in and i had seen a few fish but down the other end i just hope that they hadn't moved down the other end away from me, i had a nice chicken curry and a can just to wash it down and watch the sun go down over the trees just as the last bit of sun disappeared a big fish came out right over my right hand rod witch filled me with confidence i decided to get in the bag as it was getting chilli and just listen for any fish that moved out in the bay, but that plan didn't work i must have fell asleep because i was woken up at around 2 o'clock in the morning by a massive liner witch had me running to the rod but as i got to the rod i watched the bobbing drop to the floor, i climbed back in to bed and soon drifted of to sleep to dream of carol Vorder man lol but i was interrupted in that by a one tonner as i scrambled out the bed it was tacking line like it was tied to a express train i managed to slow it a bit but the big weed bed to my left must have helped and it all went solid i kept the line tight and i felt the fish moving towards ,me i kept pumping it towards me and as it was getting light i could see a big bed of weed coming towards me and i now had to work out how to get

    it in the net i pushed the net deep under the weed bed and scooped it up and dropped the rod and just started to pull the weed out the net i could see the line going in the net so i new it was in there i slowed down a bit now, the more weed i took out the net the more line i could see then i saw a back and it looked a chunky one to after about 10 minutes i had all the weed out the net i saw my prize.

    I set up the camera and weighing equipment then i transferred the fish to the weigh sling and on the scales she went 26lb 2oz i was well chuffed with that ,i took a few shoots of her then i returned her to the water now it was around 8 o'clock i had to leave by 10 so i didn't put that rod out, i packed it away and just left the two rods out and started to pack down my gear and just sat there for an hour on my chair watching two rods ,while i was sitting there some one came round the corning with all the gear and wanted to no when i was going he had seen me catch the one this morning and saw me packing down and wanted to get in my swim so i said now mate i reeled in my last two rods and left him to it and drove the long journey home but it was a nice drive as i had not blacked and i was thinking if it would be worth driving back down the following week as i new i would be able to get back in that swim, well you will just have to wait until next months talking carp to see were i end up




    Well after the result at the park lake i was keen to get back to the syndicate to try and get one of its gems, well things didn't really go to plan ,it was a Sunday and i was getting my gear ready for a early start Monday morning when i had a call from work and there was a few urgent things that needed to be done over the next few days so that was the syndicate out of the question, but as the local park lake was not even five minutes down the road i could get a few overnighter in so that was plan two, I still carried on getting my gear ready but there was a few different things that i would be using that i wouldn't use on the syndicate the main thing is that i would be using a lot of particle and chopped boilie, so the jars of mainline power particles were pull from the shed i was also going to mix this with some sweetcorn just to mix things up a bit i would also take a few kilos of cream seed ,once this was all done i could sit down and relax for the evening.

    Come the morning i was up early and started on what i had to do well i managed to get most of it done and by two o'clock i was out the back getting mr gear out the shed and loading the car, once the car was loaded i said my goodbyes to the wife and i was of to the lake i had and idea were i wanted to be and it was the same swim that i had a fish the week before as the fish were holding up just of the spit were there is a big weed bed so as soon as i got to the left hand side car park i was happy that the swim was free there was some one in the peg next door to this but they were packing up so i grabed my rod bag and quickly ran to the swim so no one else could claim it ,once this was done i could slowly get the rest of the gear to the swim once it was all there i started to get the brolly up first as it looked like it was going to rain ,once that was up all the rest was set up then i could concentrate on the rods .

    Just as i started to do the rods the heavens opened so i forgot that idea and put the kettle on and made a brew and waited for it to stop while i waited for it to stop i tied up 3 new rigs ,all 3 rigs were going to be the same as i used last time on here ,it was going to be a kd rig using 15lb deception a size 8 fang twister and a few baseline bits to keep it all on the lake bed ,after about half an hour the rain started to ease so i could now get the rods on the spots ,i had the spit of land to the left of me with a few overhanging trees that were the left hand rod was going to go, i was not going to go tight to the spit as it was quite weedy there so i found a spot that was about two rod lengths of in between two weed beds that was very clean and as you pulled the lead on the marker rod back it glided like it was on glass i popped the marker float up it was 11ft, i placed the marker rod on the floor and picked up my rod and baited it with a cell dumbbell topped with a yellow cell corn topper ,then i cast it spot on right next to the marker ,then it was time to put some bait out,10 spombs of chopped cream seed was fired out with another 20 spombs of dead reds  and corn .

    The other two rods were going to cast into open water to my right about 40yards just in front of a very big weed bed were i had had fish before, the marker rod was cast out just to find the front of the weed the both rods were baited with the same as the rod near the spit and the cast ether side of the marker rod then again i spombed more chopped cream seed and munch baits dead reds over the top then all rods were left on the floor so the `12lb  line would sink and ly on the lake bed after about 5mins i was sure the line was tight to the bottom and place the rods on the rests and sat back in the bivvy and had a nice brew, it was about four o'clock when i saw my fist fish and yes it was no were near my rods it was over the bar to my left in another swims water but at least i had seen one .i had a few people come down for a chat and there was quite a few people walking around the park lake so it was quite noisy so i was quite happy as it started to get dark and most of the people in the park drifted of home and the lake became quiet and i could relax for the evening,

    As it got darker the fish became very active witch they have done over the last few weeks and they were closer to me as well witch filled me with confidence ,i sat there drinking tea and listening to fish crashing out all over the pond ,so i

    thought if there this active they must be feeding, lot of the fish that i had caught had been between 10pm and 4am in the morning, at about nine o'clock i started to get liners on the two rods that were out in open water so i sat on my hands ready for a take as this is how all the other bites had first started the liners were becoming very farce and most of them were where the bobbing was hitting the rod so i was up and down like a yo yo, well as the time passed the liners got less and less till they stopped i had ether been done or they had just feed and gone ,now do i put more bait out or not i decided to just put another 10 spods out just so i new there was bait there over the two rods ,now it was gone 10 and this is the time that the bites were coming so i sat up for another hour and in that time i heard a fe w fish just behind my two right hand rods in the weed so all they had to do was come out and there is a meal waiting for them,

    Well i fell asleep and the next thing i new i was woken by a few bleep on the left hand rod witch was away from were i had seen and heard the fish so i sat up and thought i would have a brew and just watch i looked at my watch and it was 4.00 ,and as i sat there i heard fish rolling to the left hand side of the swim so the fish that were on the right had moved, while drinking my cuppa i had a few more bleep then the rod burst into life it took abit of line and stopped so when i picked up the rod it was solid in the weed bed behind my spot ,so i kept gentle pressure on the rod and line and i felt a kick and it slowly started to move i kept the rod high and slowly began to gain some line on the fish after a while it came free and shot tom right and found another weed bed and had to go through the same as before, slow pressure and it was moving and getting closer eventually a big ball of weed was in front of me ,not having felt it kick for a good 5 mins i didn't know if the fish was still on so i scooped the whole weed bed up then put the rod on the floor ,with my head torch on i started to rip the weed out of the net and i felt the back of a fish so it was still on thank good, after i got most of the weed out the net i could see that there was a very dumpy mirror in the net it wasn't massive about mid double but i was happy with that ,i got the Shure care oval mat ready and the sling and scales and weighed her on the scales she went 18lb bigger than i though. a few pictures and i returned ,

    The left hand rod was re done on the distance sticks to get the right distance and

    then rebaited and cast back on the spot then i spombed another 10 spombs over the top ,while i was doing this the fish had seamed to moved again and were back on the right this time they were showing over the top of the two rods and i started to get linners on both rods again as it was getting light by now i decided to stay up and have a brew and watch the water and fish, but as soon as i had lit the stove the bobbing on the right hand rod hit the rod and took a bit of line it couldn't take to much as i had the clutch was done fairly tight to stop them taking to much line ,but even so it found a weed bed ad was solid so gentle pressure and she slowly started to move and in the low light i could see a big weed bed moving towards me ,well i kept the rod high and reeled slowly till finally the big weed bed was in front of the swim i had no fight from the fish i still don't know if its on or not, so i turned on the head torch and i looked down at the weed bed and i could see the leader and the top of the hook lenght the lead had done its job and come of ,when i started to pull the weed of around the leader i felt the back of what felt like a good fish so now i started to panic how was i going to get the weed and the fish in the net well i sank the net and pushed it as far as i could out and under the weed and lifted it up, then i dropped the rod and tried to pull it towards me at this time i must have touched the fish with the net as the water exploded and all i see was the net going forward the fish was in the net so i lifted it as much as i could and yes there sh was lying in the weed in the net i had broken the cord on my net but i wasn't bothered about that.

    I started to pull all of the weed out of the net so i could lift it and the the more the weed i took out the bigger the fish got it looked like one of the big commons in the lake i didn't know witch one it was yet as they were all tagged i would see when i scanned it later eventually i had just the fish in there and it was indeed one of the big commons ,once i had got everything ready mat, scales sling etc ,i lifted her up on the scales and the needle swang round to 30lb 6oz well i was well chuffed so i slipped it into the retainer and placed her in the edge ,well i text mike who normally walks round the lake early in the mornings and he said he would be there in a min and as i put the phone down nutty Luke turned up ,with a 30 you have to have it verified by three people so i was glad he came ,well i zeroed my spare sling up up she went on the scales they said it went 31lb bigger than

    when i weighed her no i was well chuffed ,i scanned the side of her and it had been chipped and on a quick look she was last out in march at 29lb 14 as it was over 30lb i got to name her and i decided to name her after the wifes mother who no longer is with us so a few snaps and nora was sent on her way, as it was a quick overnighter it wasnt long before i had to pack up but while i was sitting there i made one last brew and was just thinking that this little park lake is going to be one hell of a water soon as some of the fish are packing the weight on in a few years time there will be more than a dozen fish over 30lb and thats not bad for north wales ,well i packed up and drove home one happy chap