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Elstow Season 2009
The place that Mum had told us
about was gorgeous, and she had said
that as a child she had spent endless
hours there with her brothers and
friends just having fun. As a teenager
I had walked past the area on numerous occasions whilst trout fishing,
and it really did stir the emotions up.
My next visit to the lake was on a
Friday at the beginning of May. This
meant doing the draw, which takes
place every Friday at 11.30am alternating between rota A and rota B, and
the rota lasts until lunchtime on Monday. This means that you can only fish
every other weekend. If you can fish
midweek then things are a bit different. I really don’t know what it is with
the draws, but as normal I put my
hand in the hat and pulled out number 4, and decided to fish the Religious Men’s swim, as I had seen a fish
show whilst walking round the lake
prior to the draw in this area. The conditions were pretty good with broken
cloud and quite a strong westerly
wind blowing. There are a few areas
that you can fish to from this swim.
My right hand rod was cast to a bar at
about 40yds slightly to the right of the
swim in 13ft of water. The left and
middle rods were cast to a hump at
about 85-90yds range in 12ft of water.
Thirty-odd spods of bait were spodded over the two areas, and all the
rods were fished with the normal
14mm pop-ups tipped with mini plastic corn. I got the rest of the camp set
up and the rest of the day just passed
by in a blur.
Just before midnight I had a couple
of liners on the left hand rod, and
twenty minutes later the same rod
was away. After a short but spirited
scrap a 21lb 14oz carp was netted and
a few pictures were taken before
releasing it. The rod had a fresh bait
attached and was cast back out to the
area. At roughly half past one the
middle rod screamed off. The carp
was still taking line when I picked the
rod up, and things went a bit pearshaped from then on, as the carp
managed to weed me up. I kept as
much pressure on it as possible, but
after a short period of time the bloody
hook pulled. After getting the rod
back out to the area I decided to retire
35lb 7oz – it took ages but I eventually got it in the net.
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for the night.
By the time I had woken up the
wind had changed and was blowing
in a more southerly direction. I knew
that I would have trouble reaching
the spot where the left and middle
rods were positioned, so at roughly
midday I wound the two rods in and
found another nice area to fish to
quite a bit closer in. The rods were
cast out to the new area and a nice
bed of bait put out with the spod. The
rest of the day and night soon passed
by with only a couple of liners happening during this period. A couple of
reasonable carp showed themselves
early in the morning, and although not
directly over my spot, they were not
that far away from the area, so I was
hopeful that there may be a chance of
a run within the next few hours,
hopefully before I packed up early
evening.
Round about lunchtime the left
hand rod screamed off, and after picking it up, it soon became apparent
that the carp was on a proper mission
and decided to swim very fast to my
left, which had me scrambling up the

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