The park lake
This month is a bit diffrent iam going to start of by telling you alittle bit of whats been going on, well ive started a new job iam now in charge of the media side of things for a company called Lets get fishing they own TASKA and will be distrabuting a few more companys but i cant say who yet, so my roll will be to get a team of blokes together so we can promote all the companys on social media its going to be a very intresting year i acnt wait so ive been going up and down the motorways every week to the office but ive still mangaed to get a few nights in,one of the lakes ive been fishing is a no publicaty water with some massive fish in there, and i caught one aswell, i can talk about the lake but i cant show any pictures of the fish sorry.
well this lake is not big its only about 12 ackers in size it has 14 swims and one island in the middle it also has a lot of reeds all the way round and pads up one end in the summer this lake gets really weedy and doesn't give up its jewels easy, as it also has a out of bounds area in one corner so the fish have some were to rest, it had only done 3 fish this year so far the biggest was a 31 common, now that was a baby for this lake, i new it would do a few more fish before they spawned and i was yet to get a take or get anywhere near were the fish were holding up , so i had two days planed to fish there and i couldn't wait to get the rods out, well after a long journey i arrived at the lakes car park there was two cars parked and there was only two swims that you could fish that gave you access to the out of bounds so i new they would be taken so i thought i get as near to it as possible, i got the bucket out the car and went on a walk round well i acme across the first swim and yep there was some one in it he was asleep so i carried on round just to have a look and there was loads of fish swimming around in the shallow out of bounds some right lumps to, i carried on round just to have a chat with the other guy when i got the gate swim witch covers the other side i coudnt believe it the swim was empty i put the bucket down there and then now that swim was mine .
when i looked up the lake i could see the other lad he was in the island swim he must have seen something to be up there i thought but left him to it, and rushed back to my car to get my gear, i sound had my gear all set up the the gate two rods with cast as tight as i could to the rope that stopped you going into the out of bounds area ,the rigs on these two rods were ronnies with a mainline diamond white pop up on as these were nice a visual and would stand out above the cell freebies i was going to be putting out, the other rod had a ronnie on it but with a mainline fuitella pop up and would be cast under a overhanging tree close down the margins and again some cell as a freebies, well the day went with out seeing any fish my side of the rope ,they just didn't seam to want to come out of there i watched them all day swim up to the rope them turn and swim back was just hoping that during the night some of them might come out.
Well i sat there right up until it was to dark to watch the area around the out of bounds then i got in my
sack and nodded of ,well i woke up in the night and decided to have a brew well durring that time i heard a fish crash down by the island so some must have moved out so i might be in with a chance befor they made there way back to the safe area,well i drifted of back to sleep and i woke up just as the sun was coming over the trees and yes not even a bleep, i walked down and looked into the out of bounds and yes there they were just swimming around as if they hadn't been out of there , well back at my bivvy i had a brew and made myself some breakfast and just hoped that one would slip up but they had other ideas during the day by doing what they normally do and stay out the way ,they day went quickly as all i did was walk back and forth watching the fish, well i decided to have a early just as it got dark and had my fingers crossed for a bite ,well again i woke up in the night and decided to have a brew again well i was awake for about an hour and i heard a few fish crash just up from me so it looked like a few more had moved out.
Well i fell back to sleep and it only felt like it was seconds when i had a few bleeps on the rod near the ropei was up and sitting on the edge of my bed when it melted of i was soon on it was had the rod under the water trying to keep the line away from the rope as the fish made its way in the safe area and the snags that are there, well after a few minutes i had it under control and out of the danger zone and it was just plodding around in open water now my knees were like jelly as this could be a good fish and felt it the way it was just using its weight ,but very slowly i gained line and was winning and a few minutes later it was in the margins and still staying deep and going from left to right still hadn't seen it yet and it was just getting light and i was like a nervous reck then i got a glimpse of it i saw a big wide back come up .now i new it was a really good fish a few minutes later and a few gulps of air she was mine ,all i could do was look in the night and a few choice words were shouted out as i couldn't believe the size of it.
well i phoned a mate of mine that fishes the lake to do some photos and he was soon in the swim and staring in the net and his words were you got it mate the big one is in you bloody net, now that was it i was jumping around and shouting when the lad that was up by the island turned up a few hand shakes it was time to weigh her well we put two mats down and got everything else ready, we pushed a bar through the scales to get a accurate reading well the last time out she went 48lb so i new she would be up there ,we watch the needle go round and it finally stopped on 46lb 6oz a bit down but i didn't care a good few photos were taken and we watched here swim of into the depth and make some one else's day ,well a few cups of tea and i was on my own i had a few hours left but decided to pack up and go home i had a result so the long journey home was going to be a lot easier.
my next session was going to be on the local park lake near my house the following Tuesday well that morning i turned up in the collage carp park that's next to the lake and walked through the bushes to the lake and walked around the lake just looking for fish i got most of the way round and didn't see anything ,i stopped at peg 1 were there was a member who had been there all night he lost one in the night of the bar thats in the swim after a chat i carried on round the lake to were they feed the birds of the concrete swim that we are not aloud to fish from and there was loads of fish there the nearest swim to this area id about 190 yards away and there was some one on there so most pple use bait boats to reach it but i don't use them and i no that all the fish don't stay in that area they make there way down the tree line towards that swim, i walked round to swim 18 that fishes that area and was speaking to the
lad there and he had one after we done the photos he said he was going so i thought i would go in after him as the fish were in the area ,i walked back to the car park and loaded my barrow and made the short walk back to the swim ,the guy laeft a short while after and a set my gear up in quick time the swim has a long island to the left of the swim that runs about 130 yards down and on the right trees hang over all the way down to the bird feeding area were most of the fish are, one rod was cast to the right to a big willow at about 130 yards on a ronnie rig with a mainline diamond white pop up as bait i used the taska venda throwing stick to get some 18mm cell out there the left hand rod was going to go at about 100 yards to the end of the island that has a white pole and a big artificial heron the type of thing you get in a country park ,the middle rod was cast about 40 yards into a silty area straight out and gain more mainline cell around it once all three rods were out and the house up i sat down for a nice brew and watch the water.
Well i had a few visitors from members during the day and we watched the normal doings on that happens on a park lake during the day dog walkers, ppl feeding ducks and kids on bikes shouting and throwing things in, well after tea i sat down the lake had gone quite most ppl had left and i was glad of the peace ,i decided to get a early night as i was knickered and i needed some sleep, well i didn't get much sleep during the night as i had 3 fish two doubles and a 22lb witch i was well happy all 3 fish came from the willow witch just proved that they do move away from the bottom of the lake ,well by the time i had sorted the 3rd fish out it was getting light so i didn't bother going back to sleep i just sat up watching the water and the fish jumping down the bottom well i thought that would be it they had moved back well i was wrong the rod that was on the heron melted of i was straight on it and this fish was more powerfull than the other 3 and really fault hard but i finally got it under control and it was useing the deep water in front of the swim to its advantage but after a few gulps of air i had it in the net this was a fair bit bigger than the rest on the scales it went 26lb i scaned it with the scanner as all the fish ar tagged so we can keep an eye on the weights ,i set up thge tripod so i can take some photos and a quick video and then i slipped her back ,well that was it i had no more action so after a few hours i packed up and went home i was happy i had two great weeks fishing i was going to do a couple of nights next week on the park lake before they spawn to try and get one of the biguns from there