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