Talk Angling 2012 Individual Series, Billhook Lake, Hampshire, 25thMarch 2012
We all met up just off the M3 and we were soon weaving our way through the country side to the fishery. The satnav would have got me there, but Terry Turnip had a much better route.
The usual unorganised line started and I pulled out peg 13, which is the furthest away, but it is an end peg, maybe it would be luck for me today...
- 13 metre pole line to open water on the right
- 6 metre inside line to the left near a outlet pipe
- Top 2 under the bush at my feet
Plumbing up, I could use the same rig for all the lines except the open water pole line. Depth ranged from 3 feet to 4 feet.
I was ready well before the all in was called, so walked the lake and grabbed some pictures of the lads. Only one put up a struggle, Big Si (Carp Slayer) wanted me to catch his best side, I think I did a pretty good job ;-)
I carried on the method line for 90 minutes and managed to put 3 small carp in the net. These fish fight hard for their size!
Trying the 13 metre lines again I hooked a couple of small roach, but again nothing substantial and the lines weren't producing the goods.
The last two hours of the match I cupped in sweetcorn and meat on the margin lines, but these produced nothing for the tempting worm hook bait.
|Steve's 17lb 6oz horse!|
I could not get any fish shallow and think that the area didn't contain that many carp and if I hadn't targeted the silvers later in the match my result would have been a lot worse. Hopefully the next match at Wood Lane would be better.
Still a lovely day and a great fishery, at least I got a tan!
More pictures of the lads fishing today...