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Two Lakes,Two Thirties
the same as the rest of the lake put
together! It was a bit of a risk, moving
blind, but I went with a gut feeling
and set up on a central passing swim.
Just after dusk, I heard one crash out
in the middle, so I knew they were
about and I had made a good choice.
Time ran out for me, but fellow BC
writer, Rich (Chappy) Chapman
moved in after (some people might
say swim swooped, but I wouldn’t say
that of course!) and banked a 31lb
common before I managed to get
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home. Chappy is the latest addition to
the Aqua Dynamix consultant team,
so I was pleased to hear he was getting his confidence up on the bait.
After that session I started to think
about target fish; there were two fish
left in the Big Lake that I really
wanted to catch, but Small Mouth
hadn’t been out for nearly a year (that
I know of) at 38lb, and it seems that a
fish had been found tethered to a
weedbed by a long length of braid all
winter! The fish was freed, but the
hook snapped before it could be netted and identified. From reports there
is a slim chance it could have been
Blind Eye, my other target fish. Even
though it swam off healthily enough, I
don’t really want to target a fish that
is a shadow of its former self; I would
rather wait until it reaches its peak
condition again. So I decided to give
the smaller lake on the complex a go
– the Car Park Lake. This decision was
helped by the fact that the big one,
Cut Tail, hadn’t been out this year yet.
I had done a few nights on the Car
Park Lake last year and although I had
caught two in six nights I couldn’t
(Top left) My first tench from the Nene
Valley.
(Top right) Rods out in the Pond.
(Below) Chappy with his 31lb 6oz.

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