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!!!
The last match of the year for me and an outing to Lawn Farm near Cambridge with the Facebook Angling League guys. Lawn Farm has been quite kind to me this year although the very cold weather lately made me think that today would be a tough day.
I'd pinged Amer Jawad who is a local (although not for much longer) regular at Lawn Farm for some advice as I'd not been on the bank for a few months to get some tips. Amer certainly helped my day, so thanks Amer!
A couple of now shows, although the best no show was Glen who thought the match was on the Sunday, not the Saturday! Luckily Paul Law who was getting a lift from Glen arrived with another angler. On the plus side at least Glen didn't turn up at some ungodly hour at Paul's place on the Sunday!
Peg 27 came out the bag for me which I was happy about. The peg is on the spit at the back of the lake and gave me open water and the island to go for.
Peg 27 happened to be Amer's favourite peg so the adv…
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…
I'm very lucky 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.
I'd lent M…