I've had a ticket on the lake for a few years but i had never fished the lake, this year i was going to give it a go . i had walked around it plenty of times so when i did decide to give it ago i new a fair bit about the lake and the habits of the fish in there ,ill give you a little insight of the lake ,its about 110 acres and treelined all the way round ,the lake is very shallow the deepest part of the lake is only 10ft and the shallowest is around ft and the lake bed is mainly silt with the old gravel patch but they are very hard to find ,one side of the lake has swims but on the far side of the lake you had to boat across to get to the few swims that are there as you couldn't walk all the way round ,on all the visits to the lake i had not see many people fishing the far side so i thought to myself i was going to pick the last swim on the far bank and concentrate on that and keep the bait going in that area ,the lake didn't have loads of fish 100 max ,there was four 40s that we new of three mirrors and 1 common ,i decided to use mainline cell as i had total confidence in this and then use some mixed particles to keep them grubbing around.
the first trip was going to be a four day session ,so the car was packed with everything i needed and i was of down the road towards the lake ,i soon turned down the muddy path that lead to the carp park of the lake, i puled into the car park and was surprised to only see a few cars as the lake had down o couple of fish the week before, i locked the car and walked through the small gap towards the lake, and as soon as i did i see the first angler so i had a chat with him to find out were the others were and after that i new that there was no one in the swim i wanted ,so i was of back to the car and loaded my barrow up and was of down the path to the boat house were there was three boats for the anglers to use ,once everything was loaded and my life jacket was on it was time to row down to the far end of the lake ,when i reached the swim i could see that the massive Lilly bed that is normally down there had started to grow witch i was pleased about as i wanted to fish one rod up close to these.i unloaded the boat and set about setting up all the gear once this was done i put the kettle on and sat back to drink it and watch the water ,after about half an hour i see a fish a good one as well, you can only use the boat to get to the swims not placing rigs so this fish was well out of my casting range about 200 yards out but i could put one as close as i could towards the spot.
The other two rods i was going to cast towards the Lilly beds one ether side so if any fished moved past the Lillys I would have a bit waiting , i tied up two Mainline pineapple pop ups and they were mounted on chod rigs ,i was using chods as the area was think with silt and i new fishing this way the bait and rig would be active all the time ,the third rod was going at range with a helicopter rig as close as i could to were the fish showed, all rigs were cast out and around 100 baits were put out with a Taska venda throwing stick then I spodded out a mixture of particles over each rod,now that everything was done it was time to sit back for the four days i was there, peace and quite no one can get to me with out a boat and i wont see anyone as I am right down the far end.
well for the rest of the day i sat there on the edge of the swim drinking tea and watching the water for signs of any fish but i had only seen the one fish earlier in the day so going into the night i was not to confident of a bite but you have always got a chance as long as your baits in the water, well during the night i heard several fish out towards the long range rod but by morning nothing had happened ,i sat there watching the water drinking a brew when i see a really good common show over the dead pads witch was close to two of my rods and a big fizz of bubbles came up, so i was up and sitting on my hands just in case something happened and yes your right nothing happened, so come mid day i thought i would reel in and have a walk through the trees to see if i could see any fish down the lake, as there is no path it was going to be a struggle so after being cut to bits trying to see any fish i gave up and went back to my swim were i tied on new baits and got them back on the spots ,then decided to put some more bait out in case some had been eaten then sat there on the end of the swim watching the water ,while i was sitting there i see another angler in the boat with his gear half way down the lake ,looks like there will be another angler on this side of the lake at least if i get one and i need a camera man there will be some on my side to come a do the pictures .
well as it got dark i see the same common clear the water in the pads again and two more fish in open water as the wind was pushing down my end the fish must have moved on it ,all i hope is the big shoals of big don't visit my areas tonight ,i had sat there watching the water in to darkness just to see if any more showed but nothing did so i got settled down under the brolly ready for the night ,well the night, well i soon found my self nodding of sleep but i was woken in the early hours by a absolute one toner so i was out of the bag and pulled into a very hard fighting fish that had torn though the growing pads and i could feel the line grating on the stems of the pads so i kept the line tight and it was soon cutting the stems and i was back in contact with the fish witch tore of down to my left so i had to really give it some side strain to make sure it didn't reach the tree roots that were in the edge i manged to get the fish in front of me after about 5 mins and it was tearing up and down the margins the problem with fishing shallow lakes is the fish can really only go one way and that out as it cant go down as its not deep enough,well after what seamed like ages i finally net a good mirror ,i made sure that the fish was secure and set abut getting everything ready as it was just starting to get light i thought that i would put the fish in the retainer and get some good shots when it was light.
I got all the gear ready for a self take as i didn't want to row up to the other bloke as it was still bite time and didn't want to spoil his chances, well i had the fish in the weigh sling and up on the scales she went 37lb 4oz i was over the moon with that and the first fish out of a new lake,so after a good few snaps i returned the fish and watched her swim away ,after i cleared everything up i tied a new rig and cast it back to the same spot i didn't want to put any more bait out just yet in case i spooked any fish that were around ,so after a few hours the sun was up and it was getting really warm and i had not seen any fish so i decided to scatter some more mainline cell out around the rod that i had the fish on after i done this i sat back to do myself a good full English before i reeled in ,i had decided to rest the swim for a few hours to see if more fish would move in as the wind was really blowing down my end now ,after i had finished my breakfast and washed it down with a cuppa i decided to climb up one of the trees that were on this side of the lake some lads had put a platform near the top of one of them so you could stand up there and watch the water and be comfortable,as i got to the platform i looked out to were the pads were growing and just behind them the water was a totally different color to the rest it was a brown color the rest was a green blue so there must be fish feeding there or they have been feeding ,had i made a big mistake by reeling in l well i cant change what I've done, i sat up there for a good few hours watching the water and while i was up there i had see two shows and watched a big shoal of bream come up into the area ,as it was getting to mid afternoon i decided to get back down and get the rods back out ,
I decided to not cast the rod that was at long range back on the spot but cast it to were the water was a different colour and place the other two back near the pads ,after this i scattered another few hundred mainline cell around the area and i spoded some of the mix particle around the spots then sat back listening to the radio and drinking tea ,thinking to myself if there feeding of a night everything is spot on and i was really confident of a bite tonight ,well as i was sitting there on the edge of the swim the big common swim past the swim about 5ft out it was one of the A team ,i watched it as it swam of up the tree line then it turned and swam back i sat really still as it swam to were the swim was then it dropped down and started feeding on the spod spill that i had dropped in the edge i couldn't believe it as it cleared it all up and swam of to the right well about 10mins later it came back and stopped were the bait had been it was looking for more so i watched it and them waited for it to swim of then went and got some spod mix and threw it in the are that it was visiting well about 10mins later it came back and went straight down on the spot and cleared the lot up then swam of into the tree line by now it was getting really dark and i thought ill bring in one rod that was near the pads change the rig to a bottom bait and place it there ,i used a cell dumbbell as a hook bait and then baited up with a bit of the mixed particle but i was still watching the water to see if it came back and it hadn't so i thought ill give it ago it might come back , i placed the rig in quietly and then sat back in my brolly for the night
Well nothing happened so i drifted of to sleep but couldn't sleep well as i was on edge in case the rod in the edge screamed of well it was getting light and i thought that the fish was not coming back when i had a few bleeps on the close in rod something was there it kept bleeping so i was up and had my shoes on ready when i see the rod bend round and the buzzer screamed into life i was on it in a flash as the fish tore of down the left had margin it was taking line all the time and i hoped it didn't get snagged in the trees ,but then it decided to head out into open water ,what a bit of luck that was i could finally get a bit of control of the fish well how wrong was i it was like a train it kept taking line it was no heading out towards the pads and there was a thing i could do,all i kept thinking is please don't fall of as this could be the common had been watching ,the fish started to slow down and i began to gain some line when it all went solid ,it had found some weed or the pads ,i kept the pressure on it for a good 10 minutes but nothing was giving so i decided to take to the boat and get above it this might move it ,well life jacket on and landing net in the boat i reeled my way out to were the fish was and it had found one of the many big weed beds so i thought the only way ill get this out is try and hand line it and when it started to move pull the weed out the way ,well after a few minutes it started to move and the fish was coming well when it did it shot of and i had to grab the rod now the fish was of and i was being towed around my end of the lake well the other angler could see this and shouted to me that if i wanted help he would row over well i thought i would be OK well after a good 10 mins i was still being towed by this fish so shouted over to him to help well he got to me and anchored my boat to his soi i could get some leverage on the fish this seam to work and i started to gain some line on the fish .
well after a few more minutes the fish was near the boat and i saw the golden scales so i new i had one of the commons but what one was it well it rolled and it was one of the big ones well once I new that i went to jelly and started to panic and i played it a lot softer so it now had the upper hand and was now taking line again i had to clamp down on it so it didn't get back in the weed bed eventually i had the fish near the net and with one big scoop she was mine i let out a massive scream and a couple of other blokes down the other end came to the end of there swim and looked up ,well we both rowed back to my swim so we could see what common i had ,after we sorted the boats and made sure the fish was safe i put the kettle on so we could have a brew and try and settle myself down as i couldn't believe what i had in the net ,after we had drank the tea and got everything ready and i lifted her out the water and onto the mate she was big and golden we looked at her and tried to make out what one she was ,it wasn't one of the big three commons but this was big witch threw us so we decided to weigh her and do the photos then work out what one it was ,on the scales she went 41lb 9oz that will do for me a load of photos taken and she was soon on her way back to her home ,well we sat there looking at the photos and threw all the photos of fish that were in there and the common i had was one they call the silt common and hadn't been out for two years and was up in weight it was last out at just under 40lb ,i can,t believe it in two nights i had caught two fish a 37 and a 41 and i still had a few nights left ,once everything was done and i was on my own i could sit back and just think about what ive caught well reeled inn the other two rods and climbed the tree to have a look out over were i was fishing i sat up there for a good few hours and i could see nothing even the cloudy water had gone from the other day so i climbed back down and put the rods out for the night on the original spots ,well that night i had a good sleep apart from a few rats running about under the bed .
For the next few day that i had left i see nothing up my end of the lake the wind had changed and blew down the other end so i think the fish went with it it was soon the morning that i had to leave and i had a few kilo of bait left so i decided to put it out on the spots that i had been fishing ready for when i cam back next week ,once i had done all the bait i loaded and rowed back to the boat house one happy chappy ,once in the car park i meet up with a few of the lads for a chat and i found out that one of the lads had had one of the big commons from down the other end last night at a massive weight of 49lb 4 oz i was well chuffed for him and couldn't wait to get back down so i loaded the car and drove of down the country lane lets just hope that the lake is as kind to me next week