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Testing Times
blowing straight into the corner of the
lake. I found a couple of nice clean
spots that the carp had clearly been
visiting and presented a couple of
pop-up rigs on, but this time, rather
than using the White Chocolate popups I opted to use the matching Krill
pop-ups.
There were a few shows throughout the afternoon and also a couple of
fish showed in my swim during the
evening. I sat up until 1am watching
the water, but in the end tiredness got
to me and I got my head down. I
could only have been asleep an hour
when my right rod pulled up tight just
as it had done before in the Right
Point. This time I didn’t leave it, but
hit it, and before I knew it I was stood
at the front of the swim playing a
carp. After a couple of minutes the
fish started to kite left out towards the
main lake, and with that it weeded me
up. I got up on a bucket and gave it as
much as I could to get it moving, but
it was solid. I put the rod back in the
rest for a few minutes, and then there
was a little line movement, so I picked
the rod up once more. I felt some
movement on the end so wound
down a little more and tried to get the
fish out of the weed, but all of a sudden the hook pulled and the fish was
gone! I reeled the rig in along with a
load of weed, and on checking the
hook it was turned over. I had just
been unlucky I guess.
I rested the area for the balance of
the night and redid the rod in the
morning, but to be honest the area
looked dead, and I felt that the fish
had done the off. I gave it another
night in there, but then the next day I
moved on the Left Point as from first
light I saw a good 15-plus shows out
long from there. My only concern was
that they may have been getting
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ready to spawn at it was hot to say
the least. My thoughts were confirmed that evening as they started to
spawn and I started getting really
savage liners. I immediately reeled in
and left them to it for the night.
When I woke the following morning
though, they were still going strong
and I decided to call it a day and head
elsewhere. At 9am that morning the
decision was made to close the lake
until the following Friday, which I personally think was the right thing to
do.
I headed back over to K1 to see
what the situation was there and
when I arrived I was informed that
they hadn’t spawned but were start-
ing to group up, so it would only be a
matter of time before they did. I did a
couple of nights in peg 37, but when I
woke on the second morning they
were going for it so I packed up and
went home.
With Vinnetrow closed for the
week, I checked the situation on K1. It
was the start on the Road Lake on the
Thursday, but until then I needed
somewhere to fish. It seemed that the
fish had stopped spawning and that a
few had been out, so with that I
headed off there for a look. I arrived
mid-afternoon on the Monday and
after a look round it became clear that
there were fish down the far end of
the lake by the gravel works. I set up
(Top) Back she goes.
(Above) 24 hours later I had this one
off the same spot at 28lb 2oz.
(Left) Both fish came to these!
in a swim known as the Secret, and
by 6pm I had a couple of Krill pop-up
rigs out on spots together with a few
freebies. I was watching a couple of
decent fish; fish that I put at good
upper 30s if not 40s, feeding close in
to my right margin. I had broken five
baits up into little bits and dropped
them in the margin, and within ten
minutes of them going in these two
fish would have cleared them up. I did
this a few times and each time they

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