FREE LINE 03 - Page 82

Diary of a Carp Addict
Colne Valley 37lber.
a cheer. It was a big common, very
big, and I thought that’s it now, she’s
going in the net, but the fish thought
differently. With no trouble whatsoever, she weeded me again, and I had
to go through the same process all
over again. This happened three
times in all, and I must have had the
fish on for ages. In the end the crowd
Cleverley 30 called Melted Pecks.
got bored, and went to find some fish
of their own. I was getting a bit tired,
and I think so was the breaking strain
of my line. As I stared to gain some
line again, it parted, and the carp was
freed from my rod and line, and fair
play to the fish; it won in the end.
After that I decided to call it a day,
and a make my way home very happy
with my little session.
The previous autumn I had been
fishing over at Cleveley Mere, where I
had some fantastic fishing, catching
two of my target fish, Gigsy at 40lb
12oz and Ringo at 48lb, a new PB. I
had plans to go back as there was one
more I wanted – the awesome Hendrix. Hendrix truly is a stunning fish,
and the one that I initially went there
for. I was not really planning to go
back for Hendrix until the next
autumn, but I remember I went to a
meeting at the Nash camp, and I had
my tackle with me, and after our
meeting, I thought, sod it, I’ll drive
over to Cleveley and see what’s going
on. When I arrived, I think there was
only one other angler on, and the
Bowls swim was free. The Bowls
swim is probably the best swim on
the lake; it’s a fantastic ambush area
where the lake bottlenecks, forming a
nice bay with a reed-lined far margin.
Many of the big’uns get caught here –
it’s where I caught Ringo. I dropped
my water bottle in the swim, and took
a walk round. Hendrix had already
been out over two weeks ago and I
thought I was wasting my time. There
was a nice wind blowing through the
channel, and beyond half way across
it was more sheltered, the sun was
shining, and I had a feeling a few fish
would be sitting just off the reeds


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