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Eggington’s Secrets
ing you with the best ingredients
available. Being slightly different with
rigs and baits can in my opinion
totally turn your season from an average one into a great one. It’s knowing
when to make the changes; I’ve done
it and seen it happen to gifted
anglers.
After the recast and taking the risk
of sprinkling half a dozen squashed
baits and different sizes into the zone
at different intervals, it was time to sit
back, put the kettle on and enjoy the
beautiful surroundings that the
Lagoon offers. It wasn’t until 2pm that
I felt the carp were still present, as a
small group of tufties came over the
area and got spooked after a short
dive or two. Bird life on all waters can
tell you so much; from a coot being
startled in the night to a pair of grebes
working the water column for small
fish. These are all signs that cannot
not be ignored when the carp are
being coy or have gone into lockdown
due to angler pressure. Due to the old
established trees and high banks, it
seemed as though I was the only
angler left on the lake. This gave me
even more confidence of getting a
b i t e, a s l i n e s a n d n o i s e s w e r e
removed from the lake. I’m sure if
every angler was given a month’s
fishing with just the carp to worry
about then I’m sure we would all
catch our targets for the season.
Time was running out, as the new
times for this month meant I had to be
off the lake by 5pm, which is always a
little frustrating, but rules are rules
and in an hour it would be dark. Kettle
away, buzzers packed, and rods on
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the floor – everybody does it in the
hope of a carp gracing the bank in
your last few dying minutes. So as I
was winding in the right hand rod the
left hand rod’s spool started to spin at
a serious rate of knots, pulling the rod
across the wooden sleeper at the
same time. My time had come. In a
mad panic I reached for the rod that
nearly ended up in the deep water
with me attached to it. With marginal
snags both to my left and right and a
raised bar 15 yards out in front, I had
to try my best to get this carp under
control as quickly as possible and
secured in the net. On its initial run it
just seemed to go straight out and
held its ground firmly behind the bar,
but I managed to keep it moving, and
after I applied a small amount of pressure I soon had it within a reasonable
distance for netting. As it came closer
I could easily see it was a common.
With my boilie hanging from its
mouth, I was praying I had a good
hook hold. With my legs shaking and
my heart in my mouth (well, it was
only my third bite of the season), I
reached out with my net and in she
went first time. The Silver Common
was finally mine and looking in great
condition – a real deep framed carp
with shoulders Arnold Schwarzenegger would be proud of. At a weight of
36lb 11oz it was time to celebrate.
Winter had finally reached the
Lagoon, slowing the activity to a
complete standstill since my capture
of the Silver Common. The lake went
into lockdown like it does each year,
with its monsters rarely giving themselves up. I have tried a few times but
to no avail. After many work parties
during the winter months, I always
had my eyes scanning the water for
any possible signs that may tempt me
reaching for the rods even in the coldest of conditions. As I’m convinced
that carp become active once the
water temperature stabilises and the
light levels increase, which is normally around mid-February, or sometimes earlier if bait has been applied
on a regular basis.
When spring finally arrived the following year, I was keen as mustard.
Fishing the Lagoon in the spring
always proved difficult. Anglers came
to dust off their rods, and together
with kilos of bait only made the fishing more difficult as bait was being
left. The gangs of tufted ducks
scanned the water on a regular basis
thus clearing everybody out, and it
wasn’t until the end of May when our
feathered friends finally departed.
I began depositing small amount of
bait in bite spots, which could only
help me for future sessions, not kilos
and kilos of boilies all over the place
but just small snacks here and there.
It is a simple but winning baiting
method I apply on all waters, as it
always produces the goods. Just a little effort is all that is needed, and the
carp gain confidence, which makes
rigs and anything else the carp find
suspicious more acceptable.
It wasn’t until late June that the
carp gods had a liking to my
approach. I had managed to get pole
position on the main gate at a time of
4:30am with just a few local anglers
behind me, which for a travelling

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