FL09June - Page 57



Three Night’s on the Bank
Feature Catch Report by Richard Handel
It’s been just under a year since I’ve fished
the Mill Pond and a few things have
changed, but not too much though. It’s still
the lovely tranquil lake I remember. I had
three nights to enjoy here and a social with
Rob at the same time. After a long talk on the
phone in the week, Rob suggested that I
might like to fish this swim, as a few fish had
been coming out from here. It’s a good place
to start. I baited up with a little of my
groundbait mix and some ground up Smokey
Jack boilies. Both rods were baited with
10mm Catalyst pop-ups, as I had forgotten
the Smokey Jack ones. DOH! The first night
passed with no action. This is what I had
been expecting, as the fish had been
coming out in the daytime. There had
been light rain on and off through the
night, which had kept the
temperature up. As the carp like to
feed in the rain, I was quite happy
with this situation. I was up at first
light due to a single bleep from a
tufty on the right-hand rod. I
rebaited both rods at around
10.30 and changed over to
12mm Smokey Jack pop-up
that I got from Rob’s bivvy!
The baiting pole was in
operation again and filled
with chopped Smokey Jack
boilies, which was more like
crumb. Well, the baiting pole
trick paid off, and within
hours, I had managed my first
carp of the trip, which I was
very happy about. The baiting
pole was reloaded and
pushed out again. I had to wait until the
following morning for my next take, which is
not a bad thing, as daylight helps in this
swim. It was a lovely 25-plus mirror with
stunning colors. With the baiting pole rod
in place again, I was feeling quite
confident for another fish or two. After 30
minutes, I was into another fish – a
small common this time around the
10lb mark. It was lovely to see the
sunshine this afternoon. It certainly
made the lake look stunning. The
second night and day produced not
a touch, which was a shock. We
shall have to see what this evening
brings. After that, it’s an early pack
up, as I am off to fish with Ian on the
Airfield Lake for the next three
nights. I am hoping for a couple more carp before I
head back home. The last night passed with no
fish whatsoever, which again was a shock, as
we had seen more activity than previously.
Perhaps they were just waking up and
having fun.
Until next time, Richard.
FREE LINE 57

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