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Tail of the Nene
A
fter drawing first
blood on the Nene
Va l l e y C a r P a r k
Lake for the year
with one of the
Twin Commons, I
was all fired up with a plan of attack,
but there was a weather change that
a f f e c t e d m y s t r a t e g y. T h e w i n d
remained mainly a northerly and temperature stayed roughly the same,
with highs around 10-12 degrees C,
but the sun was usurped with laden
clouds and I don’t think there was a
single day that passed in the preceding weeks when it didn’t rain for a
few hours – often a lot longer! From
my experiences, carp love visiting the
shallow areas of the lake in April if
they get any sun at all, but when the
sun did appear from behind the
clouds, it was a fleeting experience
and not enough to make me spend
any time in the large, shallow Car Park
Bay where I had seen them in numbers previously. The fish were reluctant to give away their location, so I
opted to concentrate on the central
part of the lake.
I dropped into a swim called Plantation, mainly because it controlled a
large chunk of the central section of
the lake, and also my target fish, Cut
Tail, has been known to get caught
from there. I had fished the swim a
few weeks previously when the fish
had spent most of their time across
the far side, but just as I was packing
up, a fish had shown in the middle. I
cast a choddy to it and the lead thudded down onto the deck in what is
otherwise a weedy area. So I made a
mental note of the direction and distance, which was a good starting
point at the beginning of the current
session. As the rain poured down I
made the most of the lack of anglers
on the five-acre lake and had a good
lead about on the spot. There was a
fair bit of gravel present with a bit of
clay, and it seemed to get shallower
the further left I went; it was no doubt
the side of the weedy plateau. I felt
sure this spot would do a bite or two
over the course of the year, so I
decided to put a float on and have a
look at the spot from several swims.
As the float popped up, it looked
Plantation side of middle, but once I
got round to the far bank, I could see
it looked closer to there. A few casts
confirmed it was half a rod length
closer, but at an angle. It was also the
same distance from another swim on
the causeway bank. I didn’t know
which swim to fish it from, but in the
end I reasoned that no one else fished
that far out so I may as well fish it
from wherever. I knew I would feel
guilty if anyone else was on the lake,
but I thought I ought to cross that
bridge when I came to it. So I got the
rest of my kit into Planation and did
three boring nights without any
action. And it was boring too! I didn’t
see anything show so I had nothing to
go on, so I stuck to the plan of fishing
the baited areas.
To my complete surprise, the plan
paid off on my last morning at around
9:30. The long rod pulled up tight,
before line disappeared off the spool
and I knew a carp was on! I pulled on
my chesties as quickly as I could and
struck into the fish, but it was already
buried in weed. I gave it constant
pressure for a couple of minutes, but
nothing budged. I needed the boat,
but the problem was it was 400 yards
away! Then I realised young Chappy
Map of the corner of the Car Park Lake
where I did most of my fishing.
Action shots of a boat battle with the
Twin Common.
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