After a 16 year break from Coarse Angling I re-ignited my passion for fishing in 2010. Follow my journey from tackle selection, new methods, old and new venue's. All the blanks and bags captured. Thanks for stopping by...
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Crystal Lakes, Fenstanton, 16th October 2010
After the success of Manor Farm Fisheries, Mr Keightly and I headed to a local lake where Mark has had some good Carp success, Crystal Lakes in Fenstanton.
They have three lakes to pick from, the Prize Lake, Lake "A" and Lake "B".
We arrived early in the morning on Saturday 16th October, around 7am and had a walk around Lake's "A" and "B". Mark knew exactly which swim I would want to fish... maybe he should have picked his lottery numbers that day as he got it spot on...
A lovely lilly lined swim face me with plenty of options, either far out or either side of the lillies.
I started feeding two main lines, the edge of the lillies in front of me, about one and a half rod lengths out and another swim straight ahead about three rod lengths out...
We used the trusty bait from the previous day, namely red maggots, hemp, Mark's super secret groundbait, corn and meat.
After balling in about 3 golf balls of the trusted secret ground bait mix to the edge of the lillies, I plumbed the depth, about 4 to 5 feet and set about with the simple insert waggler from the previous day, 4lb maxima main line and a size 16 barbless to 3lb bottom.
After about 5 minutes, the first silver fish had been landed, a nice roach of a couple of ounces... continued with the little and often feeding tactic using hemp and after about 40 minutes hit into a large fish that took me straight into the lillies... SNAP, hooklength gone... ;-(
Set up again, feed the close swim a little more, and fished the longer swim, constantly getting small roach and skimmers. This pattern continued for the rest of the day, the only really decent fish was a nice size skimmer pictured below.
Mark's day saw no carp which was a shame, infact as we took a break and walked the lakes nobody had caught anything of note. The temperature had dropped somewhat so we blamed the weather...
Another fun day was had by all, including me getting some errant hemp catapulted at me for a cheeky comment about Mark's carp fishing prowess... you would never believe we are both in our late 30's early 40's ;-)
Packed up early, headed to a local tackle store, Sheltons of Peterborough for some retail relief and prepared for our boys night out in Peterborough... that story is for an entirely different blog!!! ;-)
Next... the tackle selection processes and purchases... god help the credit card!!!
A new venue for me popped up on the Match Fishing Scene website, Boddington Reservoir. It was a silvers match and I'd heard that there was a big head of roach so I popped my name down. The weekend weather was shaping up to be quite a scorcher and the temperature was rising as I drove towards Northamptonshire.
Shedders saw me on the motorway so we conveyed the rest of the way to the fishery to catch up with Hathers and the rest of the lads. 17 of use were fishing today.
My milk bottle top had the number 43 on it. We had heard that the pegs you wanted where the higher numbers. Neighbours for the day, George, Les, Pikey and Shedders.
The waggler rod was first out of the bag setup with a 4AAA Nick Gilbert waggler. Pole lines all straight ahead using a sailing buoy as my marker were: 13 metres using a 1gram float on 0.12 main line with a 0.10 bottom to a gamma green 167 metres, same depth so same rigBottom of the stairs, top 2 + 1, using a 0.8 gram rig with the shot…
A night at the Longshoot was reasonably quiet and I slipped away early in an attempt to dodge the hangover that normally follows. It didn't go un-noticed as Andy T busted me. Sorry matey ;-)
The final day and it would be Munkee vs Shandee. I did not want to be on Pool 4!
I was second to draw from the Munkee bucket/ cardboard box. I drew Pool 4, Peg 75 again!!!! I was not a happy camper to say the least! Plenty of sympathy from the lads and plenty of micky taking too...
My neighbour was Callum's secret friend Tom... the less said about that the better! Only kidding lads.
Well I didn't need to worry about my rigs and also the reel was still clipped up and I knew exactly where I had fed the previous but I needed to do something different today in an attempt to get a better weight.
So I added the following lines: Bomb and PelletLong Pole towards the aerator All-In
Today the weather had turned and it was raining but the positive was that the wind direction ha…
A upcoming match at Bury Hill Fisheries I decided that a bit of practise was required. After all, my last session here was over a year ago and I didn't do very well at all.
The match will be a pairs event and Pat Pritchard is my partner for the day. A quick call to Pat and he was available to come on down for the day too. Pat's a bit of a good angler having just wining the MFS Champion's league final so any advice from Pat would definitely help come match day.
Pat arrived a bit earlier than and headed down to Peg 40 so when I got there I picked Peg 41 with plenty of open water in front of us both.
The lines I intended on fishing would be the feeder line, long and middle distance and a couple of pole lines at 14.5 metres, 10 O'clock and 2 O'clock both fed slightly differently.
Bait for the day. Expander and hard pellets (4mm and 6mm), dead red maggots and sweetcorn including a mix of fishmeal and special G Green groundbait.