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!!!
Neil, owner and general great bloke from Hillbilly Floats, very kindly sponsors the aptly named HillBilly Pairs event at Roy Marlow's Glebe fishery in Peckleton.
48 anglers descend for the two day event where mystery pairs partners are picked at random to battle it out for the title.
The draw for the pairs is always full of banter. My partner for the weekend would be Herbie, our great leader of MFS!
Pool 6, Peg 90 with Ruddy and Neil as neighbours, it would be a battle for the golden nuggets. Not forgetting Les H who was further down Pool 6 on the end peg. Today could turn out quite expensive!
Very simple today. Feeder clipped up to the far bank which could if required be changed to bomb / pelletPellet waggler clipped up to the far bank alsoPole line at 5 metresPole line on the right hand margin
On the menu for the fish, sweetcorn, hemp, dead red maggots, 6mm and 8mm pellets together with some donated casters and micro pellets from my new best mate Neil (NS69) as…
After a great nights entertainment consisting of beer, bbq and many laughs, mainly at Mr James around the table and a night on the sofa I was up early for another day at How End. Breakfast was a quick run to the village shop to stock up on provisions and most importantly water!
Remember Darren to check the bottle of gin to see whether it's neat or premixed... here end the lesson.
Today I'd be on Yasi's and to be honest a lake I enjoy more than Dani's. The weights on Yasi's yesterday had been quite up and down and one area that I didn't want to end up on was peg 1.
Third last out of the drawbag and I just knew that I was getting Peg 1, not really where I wanted to be if I'm brutally honest however today Pebs had repegged the match as one of the lads had to head home. Peg 1 it turned out now had a free peg either side of it.
No rods, all pole and a different choice of bait today. So the lines where quite simple. Shallow rigRig to the island …
A 60th birthday present for a friend turned into a boys day out for three of us at the weekend.
Graham turned sixty in May, his present, a day's fly fishing tuition with Trevor Coxon at Surrey Fly Fishing. It was a great excuse for me to also learn to chuck some fluff! Our third member is Carl, neighbour, friend, chef and drinking buddy to us both.
A number of calls to Trevor and a few dates where booked in to the diaries and finally we settled on August at Albury Estate Fisheries.
What do you get?
Trevor outlined what we would expect of the day over the phone calls. Our package consisted of the following: 90 minutes casting tuition2 hours guided fishingHire of all equipment
As for Trevor's fishing CV, it's very impressive, he has been fly fishing for 45 years and fishing in general since he was 6. With Trevor celebrating a very big birthday this year he has been on the bank for almost 74 years! I'm sure Trevor doesn't mind me giving his age away as he certainl…