Sorry it's been a while but since my last write up i have not caught anything. Heron lake has not done a fish in over 3 weeks now so friday night saw me head around to the Island lake it just seemed that it would be my best bet for a fish or two.
Now the night's are drawing in and the clocks was due to go back on saturday night it means i get down there in the dark so i normally just put some singles out and see about putting the rods right in the morning at first light which i did early morning.
At a round 10.30am and after seeing a few shows the middle rod burst into life. Fighting to put the waders on and the run of the carp slowing down i struck into what i new straight away was a big angry carp it took a long run before turning and heading into my margin where it plodded and rolled and dived trying to get away. I had seen the fish roll and that's when i new how big it was and that it was a type of carp i wanted. It was a Linear i could not believe it I was over the moon all i had to do was get it in the net easier said than done twice i thought it was ready and twice it made a dash for it but i held on and i was telling myself "please don't lose it" The fish was ready for the net and as it's head went over the cord it just seem to look at me wink and spit the hook out. I have never felt so sick before over losing a fish before. I just stood there in the water as i watched it slide back into the lake. Normally i would just laugh it off because that's how it goes some you win and some you lose But this was different i was gutted i have never been like it before after losing a fish. Not sure why it was not a fish i was targeting it was just a linear fish which i said i would like to catch as i have never had a linear before i was not that bothered how big it was. It was a bonus that the fish was going to be 35+ i just wanted to catch any linear.
The rest of saturday went with out any action. Smithy turned up for the night and set up in the next swim his wife was down and staying the night for the first time .The dark had returned and we sat having some hot food which Trudie had got for us and having a good old natter about anything and everything when the middle rod once again burst into melt down. Making sure the hook was set this time it came straight in making one or two small attempts to break free from the hook. I asked smithy to hold the rod while i put on the waders again. By the time i had done that the fish was in the margins and i put the net under it nice and easy. It was a cracking looking fully scaled mirror. we put it in the sling and weighed it and took a few photos before slipping it back unharmed.
The next morning Smithy came round to my bivvy saying he had just lost one which was bad luck really as he has not had a fish in a while so hopefully this weekend he can make amends and bag one. This weekend is a bit of a social weekend as Paul from Abs baits is coming up to fish so i am looking forward to to seeing him as its been a while.
Till next time be lucky
23-07 of scaly mirror