Anyway….I digress. Fishing has still been rather poor with lakes flooded, banks unsafe and waterproofs and brollies the way to go. We have been out as often as we could though and we have had a few fish out, though not always what we set out for.
We have done some water testing for a couple of fisheries, done some float fishing, Carp fishing and attended some tackle shows.
I took one of the students to Chigboro Fishery in Maldon to do some water testing. They have several lakes there, some trout and some coarse, and we were testing one of each. I am not surprised the fish are thriving there, the water quality is superb. We didn’t get time to fish it though, which is a shame, but I am sure we will be back soon.
Baiting up in 3 spots, 2 in open water and one in the margins, we got the rods set up and in place. The weather had finally cleared and the rain had gone, but instead we had a cold, blustery day with south easterly winds, not ideal but you can’t catch if you don’t have a bait in the water.
After an hour we had caught 3 Bream and no one on the venue seemed to be able to find the Carp. Even the margin spot was devoid of fish, most unusual for this venue.
We kept working, playing with presentations, baits and location to see if we could find the elusive fish. After all that effort it was the margin rod that tore off after all, and a few minutes later Liam had a lovely Mirror in the net, weighing in at 17lb bang on it was a new P.B. for him.
We spent a little time after Perch but even they didn’t seem to want to play, and this is reknown for it’s Perch. We spent a day chasing them and blanked for the entire day, then just at last knockings I hooked a huge Perch, only to see it fall off when near the net. Sometimes these things are just not meant to be I guess.
The following week it was bright and clear but still rather cold.
We went to Puddledock on Wood Lake looking for the elusive specimens that reside in the lake. This is where the larger fish are found at the venue, with fish to close on 30lb, sunken islands, drop offs and plenty of overhanging trees, it can be difficult to find them, but a lot of fun.
We went in with a float fishing approach using prawns, a method not seen on this lake before and one I felt might get some fish out. A 1.5lb tc Barbel rod, centrepin reel loaded with 8lb line was the weapon of choice, Nash Gaper in size 8 and a large prawn as bait, how could any self respecting Carp ignore this.
Chopping up a few prawns and scattering them in and around the trees we gave it a few minutes while we set the gear up. A whole prawn on the hook and get the rig in tight to the tree, or prefferably underneath it. It didn’t take long for the float to slide away but the strike didn’t connect with the lump I expected, in fact it didn’t feel like a carp at all. Liam very quickly got the fish to the surface and we were faced with a baby carp of about 4oz. Quickly unhooking this, re-baiting and getting the rig back in, it was quickly followed by another baby carp. This happened several times until he finally hooked a much larger fish, which turned out to only be around 8lb and was our largest fish of the day. A lot of fun though frustrating not to be able to find the bigger fish.
The following week it was like being in a different country with warm winds & bright sun. The difference a week can make!!!
It didn’t seem to make a lot of difference with the fishing though, it was still fishing very slowly. But it was nice to see the sun and get the thermal jackets off.
We worked very hard for very little reward, moving several times to try and find the elusive carp. 2 bream, 2 roach and a rudd later we called it a day.
The pattern was similar for over a week with the fishing slow and it being difficult to locate fish. Then the weather turned a lot colder again…..and the fish started coming out again! It’s a crazy world at times.