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A Season Home And Away
Never mind; we’ll push as hard as we
can. We spent 24 hours with little
sleep again, and the only difference
tactic wise was to use more surface
baits to try to lure some carp into our
swim, which we nicknamed No Carp
Corner! We did ourselves proud, as
the pair to our right landed only one
fish and we totalled 80lb of carp,
which meant we made it to sixth
position from 15 pairs.
All Change!
Well after my ticket ended at Cotton Farm I was off to Aveley in Essex,
and going from five acres to 35 I
needed to make some changes. This
stunning 35-acre Lake is well and
truly off the beaten track; the gate at
the main entrance is around three
quarters of a mile from the main road.
The track leads you on a downward
slope into the grounds of the syndicate. There are two main car parks at
both sides of the lake, both at road
level with the lake set beneath. This is
one of those lakes that when you first
set eyes on it, it makes you draw a
Aveley first bite, first fish, 27lb 8oz.
breath – reed-lined, with intimate
bays, overhanging trees and lots of
carpy looking spots. The main body of
the lake is around 30 acres and the
smaller part making up the remaining
five acres is known as the Trout Lake.
By all accounts the lake was once
used for farming Norfolk reeds. The
lake has all the features you would
expect from a carp lake and more!
The Trout and Main Lakes are separated by a causeway of reeds that are
a real magnet for the carp that can
pass between the two – once separate lakes until they flooded some
years ago.
So, off with the 20lb X-Line and on
with the 16lb Pro Clear, as some of the
swims were a long chuck indeed!
Rigs were shortened too, down to 6in,
and hooks changed to Atomic Claws
as the beaked points would be far less
likely to become blunt on the numerous gravel bars. My choice of bait
remained the same, Mainline New
Grange, but with a move up to 18mm
to gain extra distance when needed.
My first trip out with the rods was
with my nephew, Bobby, who would
so be a carp angler if he wasn’t too
busy racing go-karts almost every
weekend! I chose to fish a swim
called the Number One, and the wind
was pumping up against the reeds
that separated the main body of the
lake from the Trout Lake. First cast
was to a small bay cut into the reed
line, and the second and third were
placed top and bottom of a bar I found
in front of me, and around 100 baits
were put over each spot. Before the
Airframe Light was up my little ATTs
were singing their song on the
receiver and the left hand rod was
away. Initial contact felt light and it
was, and a small tench of around six
pounds was soon in the net.
Bob and I sorted the shelters and
kit for the night and got stuck into
dinner, a very nice pasta, whilst sitting and watching the water. I set my
alarm for early hours to get up and
watch for signs of carp. This paid off
too as I was soon on the end of not
one but two very pretty upper-twenty
carp. That was that for a short
overnight session as I was off to work.
I packed up a very happy chappy and
Bob was really pleased to have seen
these corking carp and to help with
the photos, Thanks, Bobster! This
must have been beginners luck for me


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