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…
I'm very lucky to get to have another masterclass with Bob Nudd. Big thanks to my good lady Jo who bought me this surprise present. This would be my second time out with Bob.
Bob called me well in advance to discuss what I'd like to do for the day. First option was going to be a river somewhere as I tend to mainly fish commercial venues my other option was to learn to fish a big natural water fishing at distance using braid for big bream.
So the day was set and the location agreed upon was Gunwade Lake, Ferry Meadows in Peterborough.
I called my fishing buddy Mark up to see if he wanted to come along too which was very timely as he'd just had a day with Bob and his father in-law.
We met Bob in the car park and took our gear down to Pegs 39 and 40 so not too long a walk. Set-Up - Rods and Reels
Big casts, heavy rigs need substantial gear. I was using a 13 foot Daiwa Tournament RS Feeder rod coupled with a Daiwa Cast'izm 25 QDA loaded with guru Pulse 8 braid.
Kevin Bennett (Skimmerman) from Match Fishing Scene has qualified and has been picked to go to Serbia in may 2017 to represent the English national disabled team. In order to help raise some money for the team who are normally self funded Terry Turnip organised a day at Barston Lakes in Solihull.
Barston Lakes is one place I had on the list to visit due to the great skimmer and bream fishing available so I was quick to put my name down.
Shedders had kindly offered to drive me to Barston and it was a very early start for the both of us, Dave picking me up from London at 5:45am planning to arrive at the fishery (Golf Course) for our breakfast around 8am.