Aftrer a good session on the syndicate work picked up so i new i would not be able to get there the following week so i thought i would do a few overnighters on the local park lake that is within walking distance of my house so easy to bait up and keep an eye on it, i was going to do Monday Tuesday and Thursday night i would have to pack up by 9 in the morning has had a lot to do in the day, so about midday Sunday i loaded the car and set of to the lake ,as the lake was a park lake that was surrounded by factory units on one side and a collage on the other side its always going to be noisy and busy with ppl walking round all day and into the night , i parked the car in the collage carpark and went for a walk round the lake is only 9acers and only has 18 swims so it don't take long to walk the whole lake, well after a few laps i settled for swim 18 that was in the far corner of the lake witch had loads of water that no one could get near to as it had a big split running down the left hand side and there was trees all the way down the left hand side all the way down to were they feed the ducks witch was about 180 yards away,
Most people that fish this swim use a boat and boat it right down to the end i was going to fish the swim different to most and was going to fish just over the weed bed about 50yards out and bait it heavenly and see what happened ,i started to set up and a couple of other members came down and said they were going to set up on 17 witch was next to me but they fished the other side of the spit and into the main body of the lake at least i had some company for the night ,i carried on setting up ,i soon had everything ready just needed to tye some new rigs,i was going to start of with my normal bottom bait rig witch consisted of a size 6 nash barbless fang twister witch i love for bottom baits and that was tied to some kryston merlin in 15lb witch was coated in the new kryston no tangle gel that stiffened the braid up for the cast but then once in the water the gel dissolved and the braid was back to its suppleness witch i want, the bait i was going to be using is my every faithful cell the normal round ones i would bait up with but in three different sizes 18mm 15mm and 10mm just to confuse them plus over the top of that i would use some spod mix to get them grubbing around, this also keeps them in the area longer ans its harder to pick up the smaller items ,then i would also mix it up again with the hook bait by using a small dumbell hook bait with a yellow mainline topper on to for sight.
Once all three rigs were done and ready to go out it was time to get them in the water i new were one two rods were going that was about 50yards out in the middle just over the back of the weed, so i was going to do them first as didn't know were the third rod will go yet ,so the first rod was cast to the left with just the lead on to find the back of the weed then clipped up
then reeled back in and then measured out on the distance sticks so i could spod after the rods were out ,once this was done i clipped the rig on and cast it out to the spot ,then the rod was left so the line could sink while this was happening i started to spod out the bait i was going to give them a bit of bait to begin with as i new i was going to be doing a few overnighters this week so after about 25 spods of spod mix and then 20 of boilie over the area as i was going to be putting two rods quite close together ,the second rod was cast about 15ft to the right of the other rod and then left on the ground so the line could sink on that one .
Know what do i do with the third rod well on the right there is trees overhanging all the way down that side with gaps in them so you could go and bait up from there if you wanted the only problem with these gaps is that the public walk along that bank and stop and look out from there so you don't really want to be putting baits inthe open spots, so i sat there looking and thinking what to do when i see a fish jump near a willow that was about 140-150 yards down so that was the thrid rod sorted ,but the only problem was getting bait there so i thought i would get one of the lads to look after my rods as didn't want to leave them on there own and i would walk round and bait up through the trees ,on this rod i would only be putting boilie as i could get particel there, so after a little chat i was of round there to bait up 15mins later i was back and ready to sort that rod out, what rig was going i going to use, would i use my normal bottom bait rig or go for my other favourite rig a chod,both rigs would get there with out tangling but i couldn't really be shure what the bottom was like so i thought i would use the chod just so i no that the rig and bait would be sitting well if there is any chod on the bottom, a few casts later and the bait finally clipped the branches of the willow and i was happy.
Now all rods were in the area and the baiting was done i could finally sit back and relax, i put the kettle on and watched the water for any signs of fish i didn't see anything for a good few hours when i see one about 10yards behind the two rods that were behind the weed bed witch felled me with confidence ,while watching the water i also was watching all the people down were they feed the birds i couldn't believe how much bread that gets thrown in here each person would come down with at least a loaf of bread and it would all be thrown in no wonder a lot of fish get caught down there, a few members come down that evening for a chat we see quite a few fish that evening so i was happy that i was in the right place ,it was soon dark and i had not eaten anything yet so i done a quick pot noddle and got in the bag ready for the night ,
well during the night all i got was bloody swans going through my lines so was not happy as had to do the two rods behind the weed twice in the night so that was them rods done ,so i sat there in the morning thinking that the night had been messed up when i see a fish over the two rods that were behind the weed so my bee i was still in with a chance ,while drinking a cuppa and chatting to the lads in the next swimmer had a one tonner and yes you guest it the bloody swans again ,that's enough now i started to pack up as i had work today so i packed up
and left knowing i would be back tonight said good buy to lads and said i would see them later and hoped i could get back in the same swim ,all day long all i could think about is getting back in that swim and as soon as i had finished i would be back .
i managed to get down earlier than than i thought, i didn't have to load the car as i had left it in there that morning, so i raced down the lake hoping that swim 18 was vacant ,well i ran down that path hoping and was relived that as i looked down the path that went to swim 18 it was empty so i asked the lads in 17 for a bucket and placed it in the swim then went back and loaded the barrow and rushed back to the swim , unloaded the barrow and got the rods ready the two rods were cast back on the same spot but this time the rod tips were placed under the water so the swans could not catch my lines as they came through the channel from my left so that's them rods sorted then the other rod was going back near the willow ,and again it took a few casts to get there but i was happy with the last cast i wasn't going to put no more bait out because i had put loads in the night before and nothing happened ,after all the rods were set up i sat back and sorted all the rest of the gear out ,once that's done i put the kettle on and sat at the front of the swim watching the water ,tonight seamed to be the night of the dog walker as i had loads of dogs running down into my swim but that's what you get on a park lake ,i was sitting there and in my mind i was thinking shall i put just a few baits out incase they have been feeding today well i had to i got up and got the taska mrc throwing stick out and just scattered some cell over all three rods now i was happy
That evening i had a fair few visitors to the swim asking how i was getting on so the kettle was on quite a bit so it was quite a good social that evening ,once everyone had gone, it was time to do something to eat i had my taska grill pan on my so i done some sausage sandwiches with some good old tommy sauce and settled down for the evening and chill out listening to the radio, as the sun started to go down i saw my first fish and it was near the rod that was on the willow, over a period of about an hour i saw fish all over the bay, and they seam to be getting closer to me as they started of down the far end and and have now started showing near my two rods that are over the back of the weed so i was well confident for that evening and night if they decided to feed , well i climbed into the bag about ten o'clock still hearing the odd fish jump but it seamed like they were along way down again ,well i didn't have to wate long for a bite and it came to the middle rod that was just over the back of the weed, well i was on the rod quick as i didn't want it to get in any of the other weed beds as i picked the rod up it went solid so i kept pressure on as it was a barbless hook and as soon as you take the pressure of it could slip the hook ,but after a few minutes i could fill the fish moving and then she shot of to my right and was really scrapping when it went soiled again so steady pressure and she was on the move again now i was gaining line i just had the big weed bed that was in front of the swim luckily the fish stayed high as it came over it and was going from left to right in front of me then it went on a run straight into the big weed bed i kept steady pressure on again and i could see a peace
the weed bed moving towards me well i hoped that the fish was still on now as it had been about half an hour since i had the take well slowly the weed came towards me all i had to do was scoop the weed up in the net.
Well what seamed like ages i finally scooped the weed up now it was time to see if the fish was still in the weed well after a few minutes i could see the rig and there was no fish attached i was gutted it had slipped the hook ,well lets hope i have another chance in the night ,i tied a new rig and put it back on the spot and got back in my bag thinking of what could have been i soon nodded of and when i woke up again it was getting light ,had i mist my chance for the night i hope not ,i put the kettle on and watched the sun come up i saw a couple of fish showing right down were they feed the ducks so i hope they have not moved back down there ready for the ppl to feed the ducks, well time went past and nothing happened and it was soon time to pack up i new i couldn't get back down the lake now till Thursday night so i thought i would put some more bait out ready for when and if i could get back in the same swim well as i was leaving the lads in the next swim said they were going to do the last night they had in swim 18 as i had seen fish there well i wasn't going to be fish there for the next day i didn't care so of i went wished them luck and headed home .
Well that evening i took a walk down the lake just to see what was going on and it was quit busy as i was talking to the lads we could see fish jumping right over were i had baited and the lads said they had there rods on them after a while i left them and went home thinking to myself that i hope the fish were still there tomo ,the lads said that they would be gone by mid day so i thought that's it iam going to be there for when they leave ,i new that a few of my mate were coming down and that they would go on swim 1 as that were they had been concentrating on latley at least i had some one to do my photos if i get one ,well the following day i was there at mid day at true to there words they were packing up i had a chat and found out that one of them had a 24lb mirror in the night so they were defiantly down here still after they had gone i started to set up the weather was totally different to the other two days it was overcast and windy so really good conditions ,all the rods were placed in the same spots as the other nights and a scattering of cell over all rods i sat down with a brew ,just then another member turned up and was going in the next swim so a quick chat and he was of to set up the two mates had set up in swim one know so it looked like it was going to be another busy night ,well as the evening went on the weather looked better and better it had started to rain so i retired to the brolly and sat there watch the water drinking tea i see the odd fish jumping but way down by were they feed the ducks but there always there and i don't use a boat so out of my range .
Well it was dark and getting late when i finally got in the bag and again i was awoken not long later by a screamer i was on it really quick again this time it didnt weed me up it fought hard but stayed high in the water so after 5mins or so i netted a lovely scally mirror not a massive fish but all welcome on the scales she went 16lb 4 oz a quick scan of the fish as they are all tagged and it was confirmed it had a tag so a quick jog down of the number and she was sent on here way ,i was happy that what i had down had worked so a new rig and the rod was back on the spot and i climbed back in to the bag ,and fell back into a deep sleep really happy that i had one ,well just before light i was away again this time is was a totally different fight it stayed lowe and weeded me up and again i kept the pressure on and she slowly
came out the next obstacle was the big weed bed in front of me were i had lost the fish the night before and yes bang on it found it so slow pressure and it was on its move again and now she was up and down in front of me and as it reached the surface i could see it was a decent common for here and in the net she went as i looked into the net it was indeed a good one ,so i left here in the net and went into the next swim to get the other angler to do some pics and weigh her as i did i could see he had a fish as well so we sorted that one out first and it was a small common of 14lb ,after we returned we went to sort mine out ,we weighed her and on the scales she went 28lb that will do and she was also chipped ,a few photos and she was slipped back ,rod was put back out and kettle on we sat there chatting and it seamed like it had been a good night for all of us and my two mate had had fish to both had caught richard had a 29 and faz had a 24 so that weather that turned up defiantly turned them on ,well it was soon time to pack up and of home i went one happy chap but i was still thinking of the syndicate so next time