FL02 PDF (212pp) - Page 194



(Left) Another gorgeous mirror of
21lb, and the takes were coming thick
and fast.
(Below) First run after a rainstorm,
which was rewarded with this lovely
28lb 4oz mirror.
the lakes they contain some stunning
fish, with these being no exception.
I could hardly believe my luck
when walking onto Manor and only
seeing three anglers all bivvied up
next to each other on the road bank.
That feeling of excitement started to
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come back to me, and was buzzing as
I had a walk around the lake. After
having a quick walk round, it was
clear things had been quiet, and nothing had given me any indications
about where to set up. I decided to
have a quick chat with Roy Parsons
the head bailiff, who I must say at this
point is one of the nicest people you
could meet, and is a wealth of knowledge. Again he said things had been
slow around the whole complex, but
what could you expect with the conditions? I decided to have one more
look round before making any decisions. Once I had another look around
it was still looking grim with the
weather, so I decided to set up in one
of the new swims where the old
gravel workings used to be. The reason for doing this was that it gave me
a great viewpoint of the whole lake,
and anything that would show I
would be able to see and move onto. I
got the bivvy up first and get myself
comfortable for the night, as it was
starting to rain again. I had decided to
put three rods out and watch the
water for any signs of fish. From previous sessions I knew the lake was
quite weedy, so I placed all three rods
out in solid PVA bags to sit on the
weed and not have my hookbait

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