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Got it!
By Dean Atkins
I
started fishing Vinnetrow
down at Chichester back in
2003 when it was a day
ticket/circuit water, and over
the years I caught a few nice
fish. One Friday I finished
work at 1pm and raced to the lake.
Ads was on ticket duty, so I phoned
him to meet him there. I knew that
the water temperature was up, but
we had a cold north wind again. On
the Saturday the weather was warming up, and I knew I had to be in the
First Snags with the wind in my face.
I got to the lake, and everybody was
fishing on the back of the wind with
some success. I took no notice and
headed for the First Snags, dumped
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the barrow into the swim and met up
with Ads and we walked and talked
about whether he’d seen the fish that
week. He hadn’t; they weren’t ripping
the bottom up and they were not
showing. We went down so the Sluice
a n d c l i m b e d t h e t r e e, b u t
there was nothing out there – no
weed and no fish. Then we went to
Middle Bumpy, but it just didn’t feel
right.
I looked around and there was a
do g bo mb i n the s w i m, w hi c h I
thought was an omen so I went with
my gut to the First Snags. The eel
grass was up and the fish must be
grazing off the top of the weed, I
thought, so I jacked my 8in pop-up rig
4ft up the leadcore and chucked out,
with just singles to start with. Then at
7pm I Spombed it with crumb and
crushed hemp plus 2kg boilies on
each rod. This would go through the
weed and create some smell at the
bottom of the lake.
Then I was up at 4am to put out
1kg on each rod with the throwing
stick. This would sit on top of the
weed, and I recast the rods at 9am to
make sure I was on top of the weed.
At 4pm 1kg went in. I stood there
with tea in hand watching the water.
The tench were rolling one after the
other – not good. I went back to bed
and waited until 9am.
At 9am I picked up my

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