Well after the good result of the last two weeks on one of my syndicates i had planed to do a few days on a day ticket water with a few friends but spawning fish had put a stop to that and i couldn't go back to the syndicate that i had done so well on as they were spawning to, so i decided to have a go back on a syndicate that i have fished for a couple of years and not caught the fish that i had joined for witch was a liner that goes around the 30lb mark its not the biggest fish in there but its one that i have wanted to see in the bottom of my net.
i had planed to go early on the Monday morning so Sunday afternoon was spent sorting the gear out and getting the bait ready while the wife done the house work lol, well the alarm was set for four in the morning, well i was up the kettle was on while i loaded the car ,i drank my morning cuppa that gets me going then i was in the car and on my way to the lake it takes about two hours to get there so i was listening to the tunes and the time so went and before i new it i was driving down the country lane to the lake.
well as i entered the carpark it looked like everyone had decided to fish the Sunday night as there was 10 cars in the car park so i new that all the good swims would be taken, i parked my car and went for a walk round ,the lake is around 32 acers and is a L shape in design and has three big island and two bays one is shallow and one is deep ,so as you come out of the car park and walk though the trees as the lake has big trees all the way around it ,the first peace of water you see id the deep bay and i didn't think that anyone would be up this end as its been really warm the last few days but i was wrong there was 4 people up that end and i looked down the lake and could see 5 more bivvies' dotted along the main part of the lake that coved the three main islands so that meant there was one person in the shallow bay .
I carried on walking around the lake i had my water bottle with me that i would leave in the swim that i decide to have just incase some one else comes along well as i walked along the main part of the lake i saw a couple of fish but there was no way i could fish for them as there was people already near them ,so i carried on up the lake as i turned the corner into the shallow bay i could see the other angler and he was in a swim called the snags witch is just on the entrance to the bay witch left the hole of the shallow bay free and i new it was going to get very warm and the wind was due to change and blow down this end so i opted for the very last swim in the bay called the reeds as it had a very big bed of reeds that ran around the hole of the bottom end of the bay , i place my bottle in the swim and walked back to get my gear.With the barrow loaded it was time for the long walk round to the far end of the lake after a few stops
on the way i was at my swim i decided to make a quick brew as i wasn't in a hurry to set up as i had a few days to catch or try top catch one ,there was only three swims in the bay so i had plenty of water to my right as the next swim is about 400 yards away , well after my brew the sun had started to come out and it was really warming up i hoped the fish didn't start to spawn here ,i set my brolly up under the trees at the back of the swim so i was in the shade the wind had not changed yet as it was still blowing up the other end ,so i didn't think there would be a lot of fish in front of me so i thought iam going to put a fair bit of bait out there for when the fish arrived on the new wind i put out a mixture of mainline essential cell and parti mix, the boilies i used the taska src venda throwing stick as this was very light and i could put a good few kilos of bait out and for the particle i used a spomb ,well after about and hour i had baited three spots two on the reed line and one in open water but i wasn't going to cast out yet i was going to go for a walk round just to see what's been happening and a catch up with the lads that are on here.
I returned to my swim about midday and tied up three new rigs i decided to start of with 3 rigs with essential cell dumbbell pop ups on all three as there was quite a lot of soft silkweed about and i wanted the bait to be presented properly, after i had cast all three rods on to the spots i sat down at the front of the swim to watch the water and wait to see if the fish moved down in this hot weather as the wind was still blowing down the other end ,it was early evening till i see the first fish in the area it was on the far side of the lake well out of casting range, within 15 minutes i had seen at least 5 carp roll down my end of the lake the wind had died of so the whole of the lake was flat carm so you could see anything that moved i could see patches of bubbles coming up in patches in the shallow bay i was in so it defiantly looked like i had made a good choice as it looked like the fish had moved down here ,i went into the night feeling very confident i stayed up till late but wanted really to get my head down so i could be up at first light , well i woke up before first light with the bobbing's in the same position as they were when i got in my bag.
The kettle was fired up and the first cup of tea was being drunk when i had two bleeps of the right hand rod that was in open water but nothing came of it so i sat there watching the water when i see a big swirl over the middle rod looks like i had been done but i left the rod just incase and i was glad i did because about a minute later that rod burst into life i dropped my tea and grabbed the rod the fish kitted right out into open water then decided to come back along the margins in front of the swim and then past me to the left as it did i had a glance of my prize and it was a mid double common by the looks of it ,so a few minutes later i put the net under the common and the first fish of the trip was mine, i looked at the common and i could see that i had had the common before as it has a mixed up scale pattern on one side it weighed 17lb the last time and didn't look much bigger, well on the scales it went 17lb 2oz so a few pictures and she was slipped back just as i was doing that my mate joe came walking into the swim he was down for a couple of nights and wanted to now what had been going on so we chatted over a cup of tea and he decided to go and fish one of the swims at the opening of the bay so he didn't mess my chances up ,
Well the rod was cast back on the spot and a kilo of mainlines finest was sticked out ready for another one ,the wind had really picked up now and was hammering down this end so i was well confident that the fish are down this end ,and i was hopping that the last fish i needed to complete the set would slip
up ,well as the morning past by fish started to show everywhere apart from were my rods were they seamed not to want to move right down to the end were the reeds are i had one rod in open water so i decided to put two rods further out into open water, two spots were found and the taska venda src stick was used to spread a couple of kilo of mainline essential cell over the two rods then i settled down for the afternoon to see what happened ,over that afternoon i see quite a few fish out in open water so again i was sure that i would get a take at some time they seam to be all over me I've had a few liners but no takes well they seam to slowed down a bit just showing every now and then so i hope they have not backed of the wind well just on dark i had a very finicky take and i had a 6lb tench ,so after this i sharpened the hook and rebaited the rod and cast it back on the spot and sat there chilling out for the evening with a nice Chinese after that i got in my bag and got some shut eye ,i woke up in the morning a bit down beat as nothing had happened with all them fish that were in my swim ,so i thought for a change i go back to sleep as nothing was showing ,well i must have gone into a real deep sleep as i woke up thinking what was that noise well it was my buzzer on one of the open water rods so i scrambled to the rod as i picked the rod up i couldn't stop it and was giving it line straight away, after a while i managed to stop and gain some line on the fish but this fish felt different than the small common so i hoped it was a better fish it moved slowly and stayed deep as i was bring it in it was a good 5 mins till i see what i had on the end and it looked like a fish i was afterthere was three liners in there the big one that i wanted and two small 20s but still i had no idea witch one i had on the end a i only see a flash of the fish ,well a few more minutes later it rolled in front of me and there was only one fish it was and it was the big one i wanted this one as it was the last peace of the jigsaw now all i wanted is for it to be in the net ,well it seamed like ages till i see it slip over the net cord and she was mine
i made sure that the fish was safe in taska sure care floatation sling and walked down to were joe was fishing to get him to come and do the photos ,well after congratulations were received he walked back with me to do the photos we found a nice spot to do them and he done me proud with the pictures and that was it was time to move on ,it wasn't worth coming back i had caught all the none big ones so ill let someone else have the satisfaction of having the photos with them so it was time to go and get my teeth into my other syndicate ,well until next month