After a 16 year break from Coarse Angling in the UK 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!!!
Putting the disappoint result from Oaks behind me it was fishing Tanners that I was looking forward to next. The easterly wind had started to blow after the previous beautiful day so I fancied a draw down around peg 10 - 14, lets see what the drawbar had in store for me today.
Well, peg 2 on the lawns, which is a good waggler and bomb peg so wasn't too disappointed. I had the pellet waggler master for a neighbour on Peg 1, Dave Stockton and Silvers on Peg 4.
The bomb rod was straight out of the bag together with a pellet waggler set up, really simple!
While not a lot had been reported coming out from the margin I just had to set up a margin line to my right and a 5 metre pole line too.
Again mainly pellets together with worms and sweetcorn.
Speaking with Hathers after the draw he mentioned that I'd probably be spending 80% of the match on the bomb and pellet line, which I did to be fair, 5 hours in total.
Something a little bit different and an opportunity to branch out into another area that fishing offers. Time to target some specimen fish, not just large carping but an opportunity to get some personal bests on the board and target specific types of fish.
The first challenge I wanted was to target large tench and large Crucian Carp. I'm into my second year as a member of Godalming Angling Society and they are blessed with Enton Lake at Milford, a former trout fishery that they purchased in 1984/5.
The lake was renamed Johnson's Enton Lake in honour of the fishery management secretary at the time, Alf Johnson, who was the driving force behind buying this water.
Alf died in 2001 and the lake was renamed as simply Johnson's Lake in his honour. His ashes are scattered there beneath a willow tree planted by his family.
Johnsons Lake is where the current British record Crucian Carp lives, banked in 2015 at 4lb 10oz. What a better place to start? So this is how the session w…
A chance to fish the Wednesday match with Godalming Angling Society on a new lake to me, Richardson Lake.
The weather wasn't looking the best today with rain predicted, little did I know it was going to rain all day long and soak all the gear.
Peg 7, near to the Apollo tackle shop came out of the bag for me.
With the wind blowing down the lake I didn't feel it would be a waggler day however I set-up a waggler and also a bomb to fish the waggler line too.
Pole lines were: 13 metres at 10 o'clock and 1 o'clockTop 2 and 3 straight aheadMargin lines left and right
Bait was a mix between natural (maggot, caster, worms) and pellets which would be fished on separate lines. All-In
Kicking off the swims I put a small ball of sloppy groundbait with casters on the 10 o'clock line and some 4 mm pellets on the other long pole line. The rain then started.
I decided to try the waggler, pinging casters over the top until the wind got so bad that it made presentation …