The fish had finally got around to spawning so I took a lad to Crowsheath to fish for Carp.
I had been baiting a few areas up with Nash Monster Squid but the wind was blowing into an area that I hadn’t been introducing bait. Not to worry, now seemed as good a time as any to start.
It was into a bay with a channel through to the other side of the lake, a natural passage for the carp to travel, and it looked like there might be fish in the area. We could see areas of silt being disturbed and reeds moving as fish pushed through, a good indication of fish activity. Luke baited up his chosen spots, one by the channel by a set of reeds and one into deeper water near to where we had seen fish moving through the reeds.
A few handfuls of scopex squid and monster squid boilies were thrown in to the right areas and now it was a waiting game. Well we didn’t have to wait for long as Lukes right hand rod tore off. The fish spent all of its time trying to get into the reeds along our right hand margin, so we took the net and went for a walk along the bank until right over the fishes head. With a bit of pressure Luke got its head up and I got it in the net first time. Not a big fish, but as the wind had swung around to a cold north westerly, we were more than happy.
Re baited and re cast and back to a waiting game, which lasted no more than 10 minutes! In again, same rod, another feisty carp. This time there were no dramas of it trying to get in the reeds, this one kiting off into open water.
This was going better than the weather conditions would have allowed me to hope for. Re cast and time for a cuppa. 5 minutes later and it was off, this time the rod in the deeper water off towards the island.
After this the lake seemed to switch off completely and we didn’t get another twitch.
None of the fish were of any size, but considering the conditions we were pleased.
Later that evening the rain set in and soon there were warnings about local flooding. Freezing cold rain...and lots of it. Where is it all coming from!!!!!
I was back on the lake the following day with another lad. After the heavy rain of the previous night the lake had changed considerably and we spent ages trying to find fish. We eventually dropped into a spot that I thought might produce and baited some spots up, again with Monster Squid. 5 hours later we were wet and cold and fishless. Can’t win them all I guess.
We have the Essex Inter Schools Angling Championships coming up soon so I took a group of lads to the venue to practise and get a feel for the lake.
Pole, waggler and method were going to be the line of attack today. Some Sticky Pellet was mixed for the method and for pole cupping, pineapple flavour had been added to the water to give the pellets a lovely aroma. Over this the lads used pineapple, tutti frutti and white chocolate squidgee boilies, maggots, corn and luncheon meat soaked in monster crab bait dip.
The lads baited up some spots and set about trying to get a few fish out. Baiting 3 lines, one against the island, one mid track and one in their margin, they worked non stop for very little reward.
It took about 2 hours before the fish moved into their swims and they started catching. It was mainly carp between half a pound and 4lb making the bulk of the catch, with a few roach and skimmers completing the catch.
Definitely not an easy day for the lads, but with a little perseverance and hard work they got a result in the end. If they work this hard in the match then they should do ok.