After a few trips and fishing the same spots with no action from them and the bait going in every weekend it seemed to me that it was not working. After all it had been 7 nights in the same swim and nothing the carp was really shy we had not really had any shows to speak of. It was now Saturday night and a nice breeze was on the lake i had had my tea and was stood watching the water when the first show was seen. A nice common that would have made 20lb plus that was out towards yoda he had spotted it too. Then with out warning another bosh further down the lake then another but this time just to my left. Things was starting to look very good for both of us within an hour we had seen fish roll and top all over the lake all in all we had something like 10 -12 shows in an hour which was more than we had seen since we started to fish there.
My confidence was very high and so was yoda's we both thought that it was going to happen after all this time and effort it was going to pay off. The shows stopped was that because they was feeding i thought. The light was fading fast it was getting more and more difficult to see if anything was moving or showing i just had to listen for any carpy sounds that might have gave me some kind of clue as to what was going on out in the lake. I stayed up as long as i could and heard no more or saw anything so i got into the bag and soon fell asleep. It was 9.00am before i woke up i just lifted my head off the bedchair looked at the bobbins that had not moved and just threw my head back and was feeling gutted thoughts started to go threw my head then what was i doing wrong is it the bait the spots all the things you think about when it just is not working.
By 11.00 i was up and about so to speak. Yoda had already packed up and had barrowed his gear round to my swim as it is on his route to the car park. A quick chat on what had happened last night or not had happened and he was off to make his long journey home. But things was about to change for both of us over the next few weeks.
Saturday, 10 December 2011
The first trip was great got a bit of a feel for the place and was very surprised on how nice and carpy the place was you see it from the road and it don't look that good but when you are down by the water's it really is nice trees line themselves around the place and all the lakes are reed lined.
As you can see the rods have to go in the water which makes wearing chest waders a nightmare to get on in the middle of the night when all hell breaks lose when a run goes off.
This is a video of 2 of the lakes i did when down there one weekend you can see just a how nice and grown up the trees and lakes have become.
The following weekend i was down again on the friday night this time i settled into a end swim because the weather was going to change over the friday night and bring in some strong south westerly winds which meant they would blow straight up the lake and hopefully push the fish up my end of the lake. Again the baits was placed on the zones i had found with the marker and the marlarky was put over the top about half a killo per rod. The wind started to get stronger about 2.30am and by 5.00am it was up to 25mph. The wind was good and strong all day but still no carp was showing. Yoda was in his swim across the other side of the lakes he had a better view of the whole lake where he was sat and a quick text to him and and he was the he had seen nothing all day too. I was beginning to think there was no carp in the lake with the wind howling in to the top of the lake like it was i could not figure out why i had not at least had one show.
All was very quiet during the night the wind slowed down to next a breeze and by morning it was hardly putting a ripple on the water the sun was up and it was going to be a warm pleasant day. I like to fish till midday sunday if i can to get hopefully a morning bite. Yoda was packed up and barrowing his kit round by 11.30am With a quick chat on how things was panning out so far we both said that we would again carry on on the lake. Both of us was putting bait in before we left as it seemed me and yoda was having the lake to ourselves at weekends which was good no fighting for swims then.
I packed my gear away just after dinner and put in 2kg of the marlarky on the areas i was fishing. Even though i had not seen a fish yet or had one i was still happy and relaxed i new it would come good and it was going to take a bit of time and effort to catch something but that is how you get the rewards.
Thats it from me for the time being i just want to wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year. I hope that 2012 will be kind to you and you get that fish of a life time.
Till next time saty lucky
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Looking forward to the summer and a new water's to get to grips with. I first saw these lakes when i was fishing wellingboro lakes i had seen anglers set up across the river but finding anything out about them was hard work everyone i spoke to seemed not to no or did not want to say anything so info was the 1st step to over come. Then on a forum a guy called Dani on there was doing his dairy on his season on a set of lakes. The fish was stunning big common's after big common's was going in to his net along with other big carp mirrors and linear's graced his net all stunning fish. And they was all coming out the lakes i was looking at. After a few pm's between dan and me i had phone numbers and names of who to get in touch with my name went on the list and it was a case of finger's crossed and hope for the best. The old members are asked in march if they want to rejoin so i was to find out in April if i had got a ticket or not. One or two of my mates where getting the phone call to see if they wanted there tickets when i had a call off Richard (The head bailiff ) saying if i wanted a ticket i had so many days to accept it i did not need any days to think about it and told him i would take up the offer there and then on the phone Happy Days.
The ticket would not start till 1st june i would be in France the first week so could not get down there for my first trip till the 3rd week of june. Also because of my leg still not 100% right i could not arrange to meet up with Richard and have a walk round the lakes to see what i was getting for my price tag of £600.
With France out of the way and we was well in to june the first friday that i was going to go down the lakes had come work seemed to drag that day but 5.00pm came in the end and it was home bathed fed and watered and the van loaded in double quick time. I was heading down the A1 by 6.10pm looking forward to the weekend. An hour and fifteen minutes later and i was unlocking the gate while counting the cars in the carpark. 12 cars was there all ready so not too bad. I loaded the barrow up went over the foot bridge had a quick think to which way to go left or right. I had had a look on google earth so new that if went right i would go between two of the lakes so thats what i did sure enough i came to a split that was between the lakes both lakes looked carpy and time was knocking on so i walked down the causeway to the middle of the lake on my right it was a biggish swim with reeds that had cut outs in them to put the rods in it was a case of putting the rods in the water ( Good job i had chest waders ) I thought it was a good place to start lets get some rods in for the night and have a better look around the next day.
I manged to get a couple of choddy's chucked out and a bit of bait on the zones before it started to get dark with the bivvy put up and the bedchair sorted the kettle was on the go i thought i would look on the website and see what lake i was on i had no idea to be honest. After a quick look on the mobile seems i had picked the prison lake and looking at the website it seemed to have the most fish in with a common that goes to 40lb at certain times of the year. With only me another angler on the lake a mate of mine called yoda i thought well this lake will do The idea being that i would stick with it till such times i got fed up or i caught all the fish in there lol Why fish the other lakes when this one had everything going for it lots of carp up to 40lb and only 2 of us on it every week
After a good nights sleep i was up at first light watching the water again the kettle was on and the sun was getting up everything was looking good for a bite . Yoda was up too he had all ready started his campaign 2 weeks earlier and he was still yet to see any signs of carp so spotting carp was not going to be easy. After 1.00pm i reeled in and went for a walk around the lake and for a chat with yoda Every swim was the same rods in the water and cut outs for the rods but the lakes was stunning they all oozed carp the lake to my left was the carpark lake that had the biggest common in on the complex at 45lb. After a good long chat i went back to my swim got the rods back out and watched the water some more till night time came it was a stunning nene valley sun set that slowly turned in to night i sat there till 1.00am listening for any thing that might sound like a carp in the water before falling a sleep.
Morning came and a round 10.30am yoda came round to say he was off as he had a 2 1/2 hour drive home we both agreed that we would stay on the lake and see what happens in the next few weeks. Not long after i said my farewell to yoda i was locking the gates behind me ready for my trip home but as i did i took a look at the lakes thinking how exciting the coming season was going to be.