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Autumn Gold Exclusive
I
’d been fishing a local club
water for many years and
decided it was time to move
on, so I put my name down on
the waiting list for the famous
Chilham Mill Syndicate. It
was 15 months later when the call
came offering me a ticket starting in
August 2018. I had done my research
with regard to stock and with 28
acres of crystal clear water and fairly
shallow new the lake could be weedy
in the summer months.
Chilham has a good head stock
with up to hundred 30s, maybe six
40s and loads of 20s & doubles to go
at. It took a few sessions to get my
head round fishing in such weedy
conditions but with perseverance and
some help from other syndicate members I started to catch a few fish. Two
years on I now have a good knowledge of a lot of the swims with regard
to clear spots, gravel bars and deeper
areas. I’ve also managed to catch
some nice fish including a few of the
well-known ones, Starburst at 38lb, a
common called the General at 37lb
6oz so I can’t complain. However
there was a particular mirror that I
dearly wanted The Fat Linear.
One of my favourite months is
The Willow Tree.
September with arrival of autumn
brings the changing colours of the
tree’s, misty mornings, slightly lower
water temperatures and hopefully
hungry carp. I arrived at the at lake on
the Tuesday morning for a 48hrs session, with the forecast to bring strong
winds from ex hurricane Dorian I
headed for windward end of the lake
an area known as shooters. Whilst sat
in swim 19 which gave a good view
back down through the centre of the
lake, a couple of fish broke the surface
off the scaffold swim so I made my
way round to the swim and watched
as another fish crashed out and there
was also a few patches of fizzing.
Thinking that this was the place to be
suddenly another fish crashed out a
bit further up, then again and looking
through the binoculars i could see
several patches of fizzing and fish
cruising around just under the surface. That was it decision made a
swim called transformer it was to be.
Once in the swim I set about getting the rods sorted, I’ve fished the
transformer a lot and knew there was
some good clear area’s in a deeper
channel at about 80 yards in front of a
Common 31lb 4oz.
Big Carp 63





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