FL09June - Page 109

In Search of Monster Carp
37lb 8oz.
for sure some fish did get out though,
because as I say, one of them was
caught in the Grand Union Canal. It
took years for the channel to start producing fish again, and in fact even
today, it’s a place where only the odd
fish is caught, whereas in years gone
by, it was certainly one of the hottest
places for me on the lake. Whether or
not a lot of the stuff just laid on the
bottom in the Colne I don’t know as,
it’s fairly deep water along there, 1214ft in places. I think just the stink put
them off, I don’t know, but you certainly don’t see that many fish in the
channel nowadays.
I would like to talk a little bit now
about the winter fishing. A lot of people said that I’d been wasting my
time over there fishing in the winter
because it’s a big water, not holding
too many fish, and you’re far better off
fishing smaller waters where you’re
going to get a run now and again. But
anyway, a few pals and I decided that
we were going to give it a go. This
was early 80’s, and I had noticed in
winters gone by, when I’d been down
there just looking around, fish would
show in certain areas. They’d show
on the Colne side in between two
swims – one called the Roach, and
the other called the Gravely. There’s a
swim right in the middle called the
Reeds, and the lakebed going down
from the Roach to the Reeds slopes
slightly towards the Reeds. The same
thing happens in the Gravely, sloping
the other way down towards the
Reeds, so it’s just that little bit deeper,
and I think the fish like it there. To cut
a long story short, I’ve seen quite a
f e w f i s h m o v i n g t h e r e. T h e r e ’s
another spot the other side of the lake
called the Daisies, and this particular
swim has got a few bars out in front of
it. You’ve got a good depth of water
from bank to bank, and when easterlies are blowing across it’s not coming off shallow water straight onto
deep water, so the temperatures
remain pretty much the same, and I
think that’s one of the things that the
carp really like. They don’t like being
in places in winter where they’re getting fluctuations of temperatures;
they’ll feed at 44-45 degrees providing it stays 44-45, but if it goes up or
goes down, they don’t like that – they
like it to stay steady.
Anyway, I decided to fish a swim
there on the Long Island opposite the
Gravely, which hasn’t really got a


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