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November
November!
No sun – no moon,
No morn – no noon,
No dawn – no dusk,
No proper time of day.
November!
T
his sums up the onset
of winter perfectly,
and for me you can
normally add no big
fish, but this year was
different… Last time I
wrote I had taken 19 fish in three sessions from between the two points in
a very weedy area. It was obvious
from the last few days of that week
session that the bulk of the fish had
moved out, and who could blame
them? I had hooked 23 carp in all (losing four), which is about a quarter of
the stock! So it wasn’t surprising that
they had moved to another area
within the 20 acres.
On the following session I had the
pick of the lake and I was lucky
enough to find a few fish showing at
the far end. One big fish showed in
the bay to my right, and I saw about
four or five show close in to the left of
the swim. But after the first lead hit
the water I didn’t see another fish
show in the area for the whole session! However there were obviously a
few fish about, because on my first
night I banked a mid double common
that looked like it had a bit of koi in
the mix. The following night I had a
twitchy bite that just tightend up my
hanger and didn’t take any line. I
(Above) My spod mix, consisting of
The Edge boilie, matching pellets,
corn and a few maggots.
(Below) Mid double koi/common
cross.
instantly thought it was a bream and
the fight didn’t do anything to change
my mind. I just wound it in with the
odd nod transmitting up the line. As I
bent down to hand it in – to save wetting my net – the fish turned on the
surface and displaced far too much
water for a bream so I quickly
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