Once work was out the way i couldn't wait to get the rods back out ,i wanted to get back on the syndicate as i new the big common loves to come out in the cold weather but the weather had different ideas it went really cold -5 at night and just above during the day so in my head i new i never had a chance on the syndicate so were else could i go i new of a day ticket water that fished well during the cold months, so that's were i would go for two nights the following week, the lake was about 15acers in size with two big islands in the middle with a big bar that runs in-between the two ,the depths run from 4ft down to 15ft at its deapest ,there is also a very good head of fish in there witch love the bait even in winter it seamed the more you put in the more you catch even on the coldest of days.
That weekend was spent sorting the gear out and bait ,it had wormed up a little over the last few days so i was going to take more bait just incase they were on the feed i was going to take 10kg of pigeon conditioner and 4 tubs of mainline particle mix ,i would take a few kilo of 15 mm cell but might not use it as these fish seam to like small bits and bobs, well the Monday came round and i was up bright and early for the long trip well 160 mile till i get there , once the car was loaded and i had made a brew i was of i wanted to get there before it got light ,the traffic was good to me on the day and i was there a good half hour before it got light, i parked the car in the car park there was only a few cars already in there so i chance of a good swim i set of for a walk around the lake the first angler i came to he was playing a fish so i stopped and watched him net it and it looked like a good mid double after a few snaps for him and he slipped it back and a had a chat with him for a few minutes and it turned ot that that fish was his 6th of the night so it looked like there was a few fish held up in the middle.
i carried on around the lake and now i was in the swim that was directly opposite the angler that had the fish,this swim was in between the two main islands and the angler was casting onto the main bar that runs between both of them, the bar was wide enough that we could both fish on it but still be a good 60 yards from each other, i sat there as the sun come up sitting on the edge of the swim and i counted 8 fish jump on the bar in front of me so that was it i was going to set up in this swim ,i rushed back to get my gear i loaded the barrow and rushed back to the swim incase some one turned up, the first thing i was going to do was try and get a quick bite , i had two solid bags made up so i tyed them on to my rods and cast them both out on to the bar and placed them on the floor while i sorted out my buzzers , i just put the second rod on the buzzer wen the line pulled out my hands and i was in the rod had only been out for less than 5 mins this was a good start because i had hooked this fish in shallow
water there was only really one way it could go and that's away from my so it tore line of my reel at a rate of nots,so after slowing the fish down i finally had it under control but because it had gone along the bar the line had picked up some dead weed and that had gone over the carps head witch made it a bit easier to get in so after a few minutes i had it under the rod tip the only problem now was that it was deep margins so it took a further few minutes to finally land it i looked into the net and it looked like a good scaley twenty pound mirror.
Well after sorting the mat a camera gear out i slipped it back then tied another solid bag up and cast it back out on to the bar this time i managed to get the rod on the buzzer and the bobbins on ,then it was time to get the house set up as the weather didn't look to good so the house was up and sorted and just Intime as it started to chuck it down so i fired up the kettle for a cuppa till it stopped then i could find some propper spots and get some bait out there, while i was drinking my brew i was watching a few fish crashing out just abit further than were my baits are about 130 yards out , the rain finally stopped so i could now sort out my spots and get some bait out there , my pigeon mix was prepared at home so all i had to do was add some sweet corn , some crumbed boilie and some mainline spod mix to finish it of, as i was mixing this the right had rod gave a few bleeps as i looked at the rod the bobbin had lifted to the top of the rod but that was it i looked at the line and i could see it lifting out the water the fish was kitting right so i picked the rod up and lent in to the fish it soon woke up and tore across the bar again picking up some dead weed on its way witch slowed it down and i managed to get it close in and that's were the weed fell of its head and it went mental close in going from left to right and using the depths in the margins to help it ,after a few minutes of the fish going backwards and forth i slipped it in the net.it was another scaley 20lber, a few pictures and i slipped her back ,
I left that rod in and reeled the other in, because i was going to sort my spots out and bait up, i got the marker rod out and started to cast around on the bar were the fish had showed and i found a nice clear patch around 15ft wide with dead weed ether side so i thought that would do so i clipped the marker rod up and used the range sticks so i could get the spod the same distance i also clipped the rods up at the same distance ,once this was all done i started to spod the mixture out there i wasn't going to put the hole lot in to begin with i thought because of the amount of fish i had seen out there and the amount that is in the lake, i would put half in then if a big shoal did come across my area it would keep them there, but first i would tie up two new solid bags and cast them out on the spot once i had done this and set the bobbins i began to start spodding well after what felt like forever i had put out what i wanted and cleaned everything and sat back down for a brew and something to eat as i was starving, I really enjoyed my ham and mushroom toastie done on the ridgemonky ,why i was eating and drinking i was watching the area i had baited for any signs of fish a few had showed were the bloke on the other side had hes baits but he hadn't had any more since i saw the one that
morning a few more ppl had turned up on the lake so that activity should keep the fish moving around.
I had decided to tye up a few more solid bags ready for when i get any action i was using small pellets in the bag and the bags were only mouthful size so not to big i had done about 8 solid bags and i thought that would be enough when the bailiff came round we chatted for about half an hour and i learnt that most of the fish have been coming out in the afternoon when the sun was on the water and it warmed up a little this filled me with confidence as the sun had just started to come out as i was fishing in quite shallow water so it would be the warmest place so i couldn't wait for the action to start, well the afternoon came and went and the buzzers stayed silent a few fish had showed but i think the bulk of the fish had done the off well it soon got dark and the gates were looked so no one else can get in during darkness and i still had not had a bleep well iu thought i had messed it up with the bait when while i was cooking my lovely curry that my wife had made the left had rod went into meltdown i dropped everything and i was into a hard fighting fish that was in no hurry to come in i managed to turn my cooker of while i was playing the fish so not to burn my food, well this fish didn't wont to come in it fault like a demon and i managed to get it near the net and in the torch light i could see it wasn't a massive fish probably a low double at best but in the net it went and i was right it was a small one so i unhooked it and let it go but that was another fish to the tally and just as i was attaching a new bag to that rod the other one was away this was a different fight it was slow and steady and kept low in the water witch made me think this was a good fish they go to mid thirty in here so one of those would be nice in the winter well after a good old tussle i managed to get the fish in the edge and keep it away from the other lines and then when it poped up in the tourch light it came up side first and i could see that i had foul hooked it and i was right it was a really good fish it had 4 big scales on its side and looked nice a black in its winter colours well i landed it and unhooked it and let it swim of gutted that i had foul hooked a good 30 and it was so close to my hook bait and i didn't hook it in the mouth , o well not a lot i could do about it ,two new rigs tied up and cast back on to the spots ,at least i new that the fish were on the spot.
Kettle fired up as i needed a nice hot brew to warm my hands up as it had turned quite chilli but no were near as cold as last week as i drunk my tea i was wondering if i had done the right thing in coming here and not the syndicate it was nice to actually catch a few fish but the big common was always on my mind ,i had still had two nights to go so if the fish still carried on feeding i was in for a good session, well it was getting quite late so i decided to hit the sack i was soon asleep and you guest it i slept like a log with not a single bleep i woke up to a single bleep just as it was getting light but that's all it was a bleep well i could see the hot breath in the cold air so it wasn't warm ,i fired up the kettle for a nice brew that should warm me up well as i sat there watching the water 3 more ppl turned up opposite me and started to cast out on to the bar now they were casting no were near me so that was good .the good thing about them being there it would force the fish my side hopefully as my traps were already set, the sun was just coming up over the trees opposite me and the right hand rod signalled 3 bleeps then tour
of i was up and on it after a few seconds it fell of and as i was reeling that rod in and not happy that it had fell of the other rod burst into life this fight was like the one last night that i had foul hooked i was hoping that it wasn't the case and after a few minutes it surfaced and thank good it wasn't it was hooked in the mouth and it looked a good fish a good mid twenty a few more gulps of air and she was mine it was another fish that had a few scales on the side and in its winter colours ,on the scales it went 25lb 6 oz i was well chuffed with that and a few self takes she was slipped back to her home. Well just as slipped that fish back the bailiff came through the trees into my swim he asked how i was getting on we chatted about what i had caught and then i told him about the one i had foul hooked and when i told him it had 4 big scales on its side ,he looked at me and said that was the biggest in the lake he said the last time it was out it went 36lb i was gutted and i made him a brew and we spoke about the fish that was in there and how many had been out then he went on his way.
After he had gone i attached a new solid bag and cast it back on the spot and redone the other rod now i was thinking that i might put another few spods over the top of each other it might just kick start them into feeding ,well as i was doing this a angler turned up in my swim and asked were i was fishing to as he was going in the next swim to me ,i thought what the hell the who lake and he wants to go in the next swim to me ,but that's what you have to put up with on a day ticket lake ,it turns out that the lads on the other side had told him i was having a few and to get over near me witch you cant blame him for at the end of the day your there to catch fish, well he turned out to be a nice bloke and we had a good chat about the lake and things ,well just as he was going next door one of my rods melted of and i was into another fish well at first it toor of then it charged towards me so i had to reel in fast to catch up when i did it was only a few yards from the bank well the angler how had turned up who's name was andy netted it first time and we both looked down and the fish looked around the scrapper twenty mark so with everything still ready from the last fish i had a few snaps and slipped her back,i attached another solid bag and cast it back on the spot and sat down andy had gone back to set it he had decided to miss one swim then set up that with give us both more room to play fish with out catching each others lines witch i thought was a good idea.
well the morning had started of well and i thought the action would continue but how wrong was i as the afternoon went on i had no further action on the rods but the fish seamed to be on the other side of the bar and were not coming my way ,i think i was just kicking the odd fish when they moved my side then went back the other side of the bar , well the sun started to go down and it looked like some of the fish have move nearer to my side witch i was pleased about as it would be nice to have a few more fish before i go home ,well into the dark i could here the fish crashing out on top of the bar but i couldn't actually see were so i wasn't sure if they were on my side or not i could just hope they were near me, well as the evening went on i started to get a few liners witch made me think i they could be on me or i could be to far and they have come close in, well i didn't have to wait long to find out the left had rod was away and i was into another carp it was the same old fight like most of the others shot of and picked up dead weed witch in the end slowed the fish down and made it easy to get in after a few minutes i had the fish in the net after a quick look it was another mid double ,this is good fishing for the winter i didn't take a picture i just slipped it back re attached another solid bag clipped it up to the right distance using the range sticks then cast it back on the spot ,i took a walk up the bank to see andy
just to see how he was getting on he hadn't had a bleep all evening so i helped him a bit with his rigs got him to change them to small pop ups in solid bags clipped him up at the same distance and he cast them back out and told him to come and get me if he needs a hand in the night and walked of back to my swim ,once i was back i made myself a brew and put on the chilli that the wife had made me she def knows how to look after me lol .
Well after my belly was full and i had drunk my tea i decided to climb into the sack and warm myself up and listen to the radio for a while well i must a drifted of because the next thing i new a buzzer was screaming at me so a quick scramble to the rods and i was attached to another hard fighting fish that was going mad this fish didn't pick up and weed on the way in so it was going mad in the deep margins going up and down and using the depth of the lake to its full advantage well after a few gulps of air it was finally in the net ,no wonder it was going mad it was a torpedo looking double so a quick look and it was slipped back ,good job i had pre tied the solid bags as i was getting through them and it makes it a lot easer in the night .i attached a new one and cast it back out on the spot and got back in to the bag as it was bloody freezing the temperature must have really dropped during the night ,well i soon drifted of and i woke up just as it was getting light the water was flat calm and i could see a few fish crashing out down to my left witch could have been over andy i had a walk down to him to see him playing a fish in so i grabbed the net ready to net for him but about 10 yards out the hook pulled i was gutted for him but he said ha ho these things happen but it turned out he had two fish in the night both small double but didn't want to wake me up i was well chuffed for him while we was having a cuppa one of my rods screamed of so a quick jogg back to my swim to see the left had rod was is melt down i picked the rod up and the fish had kitted to the left and again after a while it picked up weed so it was just a case of pumping the fish back and once it was in the deeper water in front of me andy turned up and first time netted it for me it looked like a 20 to me so we had a quick picture and slipped her back ,i clipped the rod up and attached another bag and cast it back on the spot i didn't have long left at the lake as i had to be of the lake by 10 so i had a couple of hours to see if i could catch another one during that time i thought i would brake down all my gear and just leave the rods out ,well the sun was out so if i didn't catch anything else the sun would dry my mats and net so i didn't have to put wet stuff in my car , well it wasn't to be as i didn't get any more action on both rods so at 9.30 i reeled both rods in and made my way back to the car on the way back i was thinking if i could have done anything better to get more bites ,well i suppose i could have put less bait in at first but ill never no ,it was a brilliant session for this time of year so i cant complain ,once the car was loaded it was the long treck home ,on the way home i started to think about the next session and couldn't wait to get back down the syndicate