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    well after the result in the last session i was keen to get back down the lake next week i had three days on the bank so was fired up and hoping that the weather would not take a turn for the worst, the temperature was just in to double figures so still not that could to nock the carp of feeding as this lake very really does a fish after December or really bad weather, so i really had to make the most of the next month, so during the week i decided to go and bait up the swim i had the result in last week and just hope no one is fishing the swim when i bait up or when i start my session, i was going to bait up with a mixture of munch baits citrus range and the cream seed and a few jars of the dead reds the maggots in this should keep them grubbing around when all the boilies have gone i was going to do this every other night before my session, i was going to leave early on the Monday morning to beet the traffic and get there for sunrise if i left late then the motorway would be a nightmare.

    i was up early before the alarm had gone of a quick wash then got dressed and then packed the car then all i had to do was to make a nice brew for the journey well the drive was fine and the traffic was non existent and i pulled into the layby and opened the gate then drove down the road alone side the lake it was just getting light as i looked across the lake to see if there was anyone in the swim ive been baiting and it was free no one there which i was chuffed about i past a couple of other bivvies' on the way round in the normal winter spots i parked the car in the second car park and loaded the barrow and done the walk through the wooded area to the woods swim and parked the barrow and sat there on the front of the swim just watching the sun come up and the mist roll of the water just looking for signs of fish, i sat there for a good hour and i didn't see anything so i decided to get my house up and have a brew the wind had started to get up and bow down the lake away from me which meant i would be fishing on the end of the wind, and with the sun coming up it should make the water warmer on the back of the wind.

    Once my house was up i fired up the cooker and made myself a nice warm brew after i had drunk that i would sort my rods out i was only going to put singles out as i had put bait out the night before and some might still be there if nothing happened tonight then i would put bait out, the rigs on all three rods were going to be the same and they were my fav long range rig the ronnie rig with a size 4 mugga and a white munch baits pop up hook bait, for the


    boom section i use taska evolve coated hook link as this is very stiff and its coated with fluorocarbon so sinks like a stone i use this for all my boom sections, the first rod was cast into the gully on the right hand side of the sunken island the the middle rod was cast to the left hand side of the sunken island then the the third rod was going to go straight out as a roving rod witch i would use to cast at showing fish if i see any in open water, all three rigs were cast out with small pva mesh bags from castaway pva if found these are the best on the market, once all three rods were cast out i put the kettle on for another brew as i do love my brews , the weather was def good for this time of year the sun was out but there was a few clouds about and the wind was blowing from the south and i was sitting here in a tea shirt which is mad for November. When i arrived there was only two other ppl on but now there the lake is quite busy there is 9 ppl on nut there still is loads of space to move if you want to, but iam staying put as ive baited up and i no they will turn up in these weather condition.

    I was making a few fresh rigs just incase i needed them if and when i get a fish, i made myself a fresh brew and sat down at the front of the swim just watching the water when i heard a fish crash in the snag tree to my right were i had a fish from the week before, so i walked over to it and then climbed along it to the end of it were you can normally see them as they don't always come out to fee, and after a while i saw two fish swim in and under the tree i had baited up just of the edge of the tree incase i wanted to put a rod there, i didn't put one there straight away when i turned up as its a funny old swim they are there all the time but they don't always come out of the snag i was on the tree for a good few hours and i must have seen about 10 fish swim in then swim back out in to open water right over were i had baited so i climbed back to the bank and got a bucket of bait and climbed back along the tree and then baited up with a few jars of dead reds and a kilo of mixed cream seed and citrus bottom baits on the clear spot on the edge of the tree on the route they were feeding,once i had done this i stayed there for at least an hour to see if any fish came back to the spot but they wouldn't come out this side of the tree, they stayed in amongst the snags and out the other side to were you couldn't fish, but i still thought it was worth a go by putting a rod on the spot, i climbed back along the tree and back to my swim, i rebaited the rod and walked up to the snag tree and cast it as close to the tree as possible after a few casts i hit the spot and the rod went down with a real hard crack, then walked back and placed the rod on the rest tightened the clutch up so if i get a bite it cant take to much line then the bobbing was hooked on and i sat back and put the kettle on.


    Sitting on the front of the swim drinking my tea and watching the water for signs of fish when i heard some one coming down the path it was one of the lads from the other side just having walk round and have a chat so i fired up the kettle for him to have a brew and we sat back down at the front of the swim chatting about everything this and what had been out, he didn't no that i had one last week so i told him were i had it from and he was surprised as nothing really comes of the snag tree now as it was hammered years ago so its been left alone that's

    why i think i had one from there and i was hopeing i have one this time, a few fish had come out while i was away but that had come out of the normal winter spots and amongst them one of the A team had been out a fish called dickies fish at 49lb the others were twenties, well we had a good old chat and he was on his way around the lake, by now it time was getting on and i was getting hungry so i decided to do some dinner, the wife had cooked me a nice chicken curry and pompadoms by the time i had finished my dinner it was getting dark so a quick wash up of everything and it was dark so i fired up the kettle for a nice hot brew as the temperature was dropping fast and the air had that cold feel about it but i was ok as i had nice warm clothing to put on.

    Well about an hour or so into darkness i was sitting on the front of the swim drinking tea and listening for fish i heard one and it was to my left down by the snag tree so i knew there was fish there still it was just a case of will they feed, then just as i looked away i heard another so i decided to walk up the bank and just sit there to see if i could see were they were, i sat there for a while but nothing happened so i walked back to my pit and layed down on the bed, well that was it i must have dosed of as i woke up and needed to have a call of nature and looked at the clock and it was gone midnight and the temperature had really dropped so i made myself a brew and got back in the bag ,i was lying there thinking were the fish might be and if they are still by the snag tree when i had a few bleeps on the rod that was out by the sunken island so i was up and sitting by the rod to see if anything happened you can get quite a lot of stretch at the distance i was fishing so i was keeping a eye on the line with my headtorch to see if the line was moving in any direction but it wasn't so i just put it down to birds or a liner, so i claimed back into bed and drifted back of to sleep, I was woken up several times during the rest of the night buy liners but finally i pulled myself out my pit as it was getting light and there was a mist coming of the lake which made it look spooky, I made myself another brew and sat at the front of the swim just thinking,i had done nearly 24 hours and had nothing bi new that there was fish by the snag tree it was a case of trying to get them to feed there vas they were very spooky there, and i had liners on the rods that were out by the sunken island, now do i bring one rod of the island and put it in closer on one of the bars between me and the island just to see if thats were the fish was.

    I decided to bring in the right had rod of the island and put it at the back of the bar that was about 60 yards out, a fresh bait was tied on then it was cast just past the bar and pulled back till i felt the silt at the bottom and left it there,then i used my spider spod the put out a few kilos of cream seed and citrus bottom baits and some munch baits dead reads just to get them grubbing around if they came into feed, as iam sure this is were the fish was coming through to give me the liners in the night, once this was done i now felt confident on all three rods as i had all areas covered i had a few phones calls to make about work as we were waiting for pictures of the new products to come threw, we after about an hour i had finished what i had to do and i

    was back in fishing mode i made myself some scrabbled egg for breakfast and a nice hot brew and just as i had finished i had a few visitors which was ok as i hadn't seen them for a few weeks so it was good to catch up and chat about what was going on at the lake and the other ones we fish we swiped story's about each lake and who we caught them and a good laugh about other things which'd passed a few hours by the time they had gone it was lunch time and i thought in would go and have a look at the snag tree and see if anything had happened and to see if the bait had been touched, well i climbed up and walked along the tree and come to the spot well i looked down to see all the bait had gone and there was my hookbait sitting there on its own, now i was gutted i had been done so i went back to the swim reeled in the rod and i was going to change the rig i made the hooklink alot shorter to 4inches in length and put on a 4oz lead that i thought would sort the fish out if i hooked one, well i took 5 cast to get it back under the tree onto the spot then i was back out onto the tree and baited up the spot again ready to see if they came back, i stood non that tree looking all-around it but i see no signs of carpi must have spooked them of or they want there and came back at night and feed.

    It was getting on a bit on the second day and i hadn't seen a fish today but i was still confident that they would turn up, i was sitting there just chilling and thinking about stuff when i had a text from one of the lads over they other side saying he had one that afternoon not big a scrapper 20 but said that the arm of the lake was live with fish, well now what do i do i was confident were i was but there was loads of fish on the other side in the wind, i new from the past that if you are on loads of fish its mainly the small ones the bigger fish stick to smaller groups so i said to myself stay put and stick it out if you mess it up then thats fishing,well now i was staying put i started to make myself so dinner i had steak and chips tonight which the lovely wife had sorted out she sorts all the food out or i would be living on pot noodles lol,well half an hour later i was tucking into a nice meal and i must admit it was nice,at that stage the moon was up and the clouds had gone looks like it was going to be a cold clear night on the pond tonight the wind had gone and the water was like a mirror and flat calm, i was into my second night and i was still yet to bank a fish but there was still time i had tonight and tomorrow night to try and sort it well as time was getting on i got into my bag to get warm as it was quite chilli and i soon drifted of to sleep, and i couldn't believe it when i woke up and it was getting light i had slept all night, that meant one thing really i hadn't caught anything and the liners had stopped so i must be this side of the fish if they were still here, i was watching the mist roll over the lake when i see one fish then another and then another well in the space of half an hour i saw 6 fish all show just behind were i had moved the rod the one just behind the bar at 6o yards so i had made the right choice on moving the rod well i was thinking shall i move the other rod to that distance but further down the bank towards the bar that go's out to the sunken island for the last night,

    Well i wasn't sure if i should do this so i thought i would take a look out on the snag tree spot well i walked out then looked down into the water over the hard spot and yes you guessed it all the bait was gone and just my hooklink was there now i didnt no what to do i need to change some thing so i thought i no what i would try i would use a bottom bait rig and a nice supple hooklink,so a short while later new rig and bait tied on and a small pva bag tied on to stop tangles and the first cast i hit the spot and again the same mixture of free bait was put on the spot,bobbin on tight and clutch tightened up ready now do i move the other rod ,10 minutes later i was winding inn the other rod to move it towards the bar,on the bank new hooklink and bait it was cast over the bar and into the silt with the same free bait around it,now it was a game of waiting to see if what i had down would work now i had move two rods from when i started to what i thought would be the best areas for a bite on what i had seen all i had to do now was wait and see if the gamble pays of,i was sitting there tying up a few new rigs that i might need when i looked up and just as i did i see a big black shap come out the water on the middle rod over the bar and then again i see 4 shows in 15minutes now my confidence was sky high and i carried on doing my rigs when i had two bleeps on the middle rod then 3 more i was up and standing by the rod just watching when i see the line moving to the left well i lifted up the rod and it took on that curve that everyone likes to see then it took of at a rate of knots to the left i had to try and keep the rod high so i can keep the line out the way of the bar just so i dont get cut of well the fish came over the bar easy and now i just have to worry about the snag tree to my left and stop it going in that after about 10 minutes of the fish twisting and turning i managed to keep it away from the tree and it was going up and down in front of the swim,i still hadn't seen it yet it was staying deep and out of sight but i soon had it up and taking air and i see it was a big fish a good 30+ now all i could think of is please stay on and another 5 minutes she was in the net and i was staring down into the mesh at a fish that could go 40lb now i made sure the net was safe then sorted out the net,sling etc,once this was sorted i carefully lifted the fish out onto the mate then into the sling and up onto the scales well we watched the needle swing round to 40lb 9oz well i was chuffed with that two fish in two weeks and both 40lb fish i was well chuffed with that so i putt the fish back into the retainer for a short while while i sorted out the camera then i took a few pictures well loads of pictures on the self take camera. i then watched her swim back to her home.


    i was well chuffed with that another 40 i couldn't ask for much more than that it was getting dark by the time i had sorted everything out and i just managed to get the rod out and bait up before it got to dark, i was sitting there in the dark with a big grin on my face thinking about what's happened now and last week when i looked at the watch and it was 9 oclock and i felt knackered so i climbed into the sack and drifted of to sleep i woke up as the sun was coming up i hadn't even had a bleep on all three rods but i cant complain as i had caught on both trips, well i had to pack up soon and make my way home i new that if i kept this quite i would have a chance of getting back in the swim next week so i packed up and drove home i passed several anglers on the way round the lake but i kept quite just bin case they went into the swim, well

    once home i couldn't wait to get back down there the following week soo in those few days i got my bait sorted and rigs tied so everything was ready .well you will have to wait until next month to see if that trips go's as good as the last two


    tight lines







    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