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Grand Finale
takeaway with Mark.
The only downside to the capture
was the young numpty in the swim
beside me. After I caught Benson he
never spoke to me for the remainder
of the session, and just stayed in his
bivvy all the time sulking and drinking lager. It’s a really sad thing when
another angler can’t share the capture of such an excellent fish with you
and retreats to their bivvy in a right
huff. One of the other members heard
about his childish behaviour, brought
a rope down fashioned into a noose,
and hung it in the tree beside his
bivvy, but he didn’t even see the
funny side of that!
Anyway, enough of that, and I was
buzzing. The next thing now is deciding what to do. On the same complex
there is Swan Lake, which has two 40-
plus fish, and the jewel in the crown,
the ‘Creature’ which is a 50-plus mirror last out I believe at 57lbs! I
thought how good would that be to
move over to Swan Lake and catch a
50lb-plus mirror to go with my 58lb
common! So that was the plan – the
next session was going to be on
Swan, so before my next session I had
to find out as much information as
possible on the lake and its inhabitants. I checked on the Bluebell Complex website, and asked anybody who
I knew who had fished there how
they had got on etc, to get as much
information as I could regarding bait,
location, any particular areas the
Creature preferred.
My first session on Swan was a bit
of a disaster really. I arrived at the
lake, called into the house to see how
things were going, and apparently it
was quite busy he told me. As I drove
down the track to the lake all I could
see were bivvies as far as the eye
could see – brilliant! I managed to
squeeze into a swim close to a couple
of lads from up our way who I knew,
so if nothing else, we could have a bit
of a social. Needless to say I blanked,
mostly due to the pressure on the lake
I suppose, and all those lines and
leads flying everywhere; it can’t be
much fun for the carp with it as busy
as that. I never got a chance to do any
marker floating either, as it was so
busy.
My next session was a bit more
fruitful. It was nowhere near as busy
this time, so I had a decent choice of
swims to choose from. I decided on
the top right hand corner of the lake
where I was told there is a raised
plateau area about 10yds wide by
about 4yds, approximately 25-50yds
out. A quick marker around and I
found said plateau. I put a couple of
rods on that, and a couple to the right
of it about 30yds further out in
between some beds of Canadian
pondweed that had just started coming up. I decided to use the same
Stripteaze rigs and baiting method
that I used on Kingfisher, as it proved
very successful over there. If it
worked fine, if not, start to try a few
different methods and take it from
there really. There was no need to
worry though, because at 2.10am I
had a one-toner from one of the rods
near to the pondweed. Nice one, I
thought, second session and into a
fish! After a quite scrappy fight a nice
linear rolled over the net cord. It was
a scraper 20, and very welcome
indeed. At least one fish had fallen to
the same rigs and bait that worked for
me over on Kingfisher Lake. Nothing
else occurred on that session, but I
still went home happy knowing that
things were working almost straight
away. It also gave me a bit of a
chance to do a big of marker float
work during the day in some of the
unoccupied swims away from other
anglers, which gave me a bit more of
an insight into the lake’s topography.
I was back on the lake the following
week for three nights. I turned up this
time and had the lake to myself, but I
was in a total dilemma – which swim
(Top) The calm before the storm.
(Left) Nice and simple.
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