Flash text me on the sunday to tell me he would call in on his way home from his water for a brew on the bank holiday monday. Sure enough at around 7.30am i was woken with the usual greeting "morning gay" it was flash true to his word there he stood with his mug waiting for me to put the kettle on. After a few minutes we both sat watching the water for anything that looked like a carp showing its self in the dawn sunshine when all of a sudden the middle rod bobbin started to lift and because the tips of the rod was high in the air we both sat as the line lifted and was getting tighter. The delkim burst into life and i just sat there looking with my mouth wide open i was in shock it was a run from a lake that only had 20 or so fish in it.
It must have been only seconds when i heard the shouting from the nutcase sat at the side of " Don't just look at it hit it" flash was shouting . i jumped up and kicked off the crocs so i could get the waders on first the right foot then the left but the left foot wouldn't go in the top of the boot it had squashed itself in and i couldn't get it on "just run in fuck the boots man" i heard flash shout again. No way was i going in with no boots the water was still freezing from winter I sat on the ground still struggling to get the left boot on so thought it was best just to sort it out sat down rather than risk falling in the lake by being over balanced.
Flash by this time was ready to jump in and grab the rod himself. He liked to do that now and again when he has a run he did it last year when he thought he had his first take on this very lake but it turned out to be coot There he stood wet threw up to knees in his trainers and tracky bottoms. O how we laughed. Anyway back to me getting my waders on which i finally did pulling the shoulder straps up as i run in and grab the rod it bows over as the carp gets the hook deeper into the lip. After a short fight the carp was safely in the net a lovely looking common of 28-08 was soon weighed and photoed before it was back in its home.
The rods went out on the spots with not to much trouble and a kilo of bait was put out too then it was a case of sitting back and enjoying the weekend with the hope that i could repeat what happened last week.
The plan was working but it was short lived because in the week that followed after the 23lb common the lakes and complex big girl was caught although down in weight at 43lb. Well that was that i never expected to catch it when i started to fish the lake and end my year on there but but with the second common i had hook i must admit i was thinking that i had a chance. That had gone now and i was calling it a day on the complex i had had enough months of blanking and disappointment had got the better of me and it was time to call it a day and say goodbye
Till next time have a good un