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A Tale of Two Sessions
Wayne Albon – Black Pig.
be one hell of a good water with a
good stock of big fish, which is when
I want to be fishing it. I don’t really
like fishing for the same carp just
because they are bigger, and so had
no desire to catch them now. But I
was faced with a challenge and surely
I would be mad not to go for it?
On my first trip I was joined by my
good, long-time friend, Steve Bull. We
sat on the back of a chilly north wind
and watched plenty of carp showing
in front of us. They were mostly at
range, but a few were close enough
for us to be in with a shout of a bite.
This part of the lake is full of thick
weed, and I’m sure it was housing a
large number of fish. Fishing at a
good 90 yards I spodded out around a
kilo of my Game On boilies and
chucked both rods to the clearish
area that I’d found. On the afternoon
of my first full day I had a bite and the
fish took me through a large, deepwater elodia weedbed and shed the
hook. I was not happy as I thought
that might have well been my chance.
It really did pull my string, but alas it
was not to be. Then the weather
changed and the fish drifted away.
The next day we packed away without another bite. The following week I
missed out on the fishing as it was
both my boy’s birthdays, but planned
a return the week after.
On the Sunday evening England
was playing Italy in the Euros, so I
decided to take a drive on quiet roads
over to the Meadow. Not surprisingly
there was no one on the complex at
all! After doing a lap, which entails
three car parks as well as a good
drive, I decided on the first swim I had
actually stood in, on a point area they
call the Lancaster Point. I hadn’t seen
any fish, but this area and the opposite bank I had been in a fortnight
before have the most weed in them,
so I assumed most of the fish would
be housed in it, regardless of the
strong, mild westerly wind which was
blowing in to the far bank away from
me, towards the Fjords. But as with all
carp, weed is a stronger pull than any
wind! The windward bank also had a
green tinge to it as the algae had
started to take hold. In the lee of the
wind the water was much clearer.
After spending nearly all my time
trying to decide on a swim I had lost
most of my daylight hours, so I had a
quick lead about and settled on two
areas I could find that were relatively
weed free. The left rod was 80-90
yards and about 10ft deep, and I got a
really nice drop as the lead hit the
firm bottom. My right rod I fished
closer in on a shallower area. Both
rods were baited using balanced cork
ball pop-ups and long 18in hooklinks.
For the bait I had decided to use the
Element this time. I wasn’t a 100%
sure I hadn’t lost the Brown Fish to a
Game On boilie last time, so I reluctantly decided to change bait, just in
case I had hooked her on it. I also fancied using a brighter more visual bait
for the deeper water anyhow, and nut
based baits had also had a good track
record on the venue too.
Once the rods were done, I was
putting up the bivvy in the dark and
getting the mosquito net sorted. I’ve
not experienced a year so bad for
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