I took them to Puddledock Farm to fish the specimen lake, none of us had ever fished it before so it would be a good learning curve.
We took a walk around the lake looking at where we thought the fish might be. There were 3 old fellers set up on the area I fancied so we had to look elsewhere. After a look around we set up on the opposite bank to the other anglers, setting up well back from the waters edge so as not to spoke the fish.
Going with a boilie approach, the lads started baiting spots they liked the look of. Not as easy as it sounds as there are no noticeable features at this end of the lake.
Joe fished the left hand side in the deeper water at the bottom of the marginal shelf. He threw out a couple of handfuls of Fish Frenzy Tutti Frutti boilies in 11mm & 15mm, then fished a 15mm Tutti bottom bait on a stiff rig over the top. His second rod was on a chod fishing a high attract Pineapple pop up over towards the far margin under an overhanging tree.
Charlie set up in the middle, firing out a load of 10mm Scopex Squid boilies and fishing 2 rods over the top, one on Scopex Squid and one on White Chocolate.
Josh took the right hand side where there was a slope. The water shallowed up 3 feet towards the far end of the lake and this was going to be his targetted area. Josh baited up at the bottom of the slope with White Chocolate in 15mm and fished a zig at the top of the shelf.
It took Charlie about 5 minutes to get into his first fish, not a big fish by any imagination, but it was a good start. 20 minutes later and he was in again, this was starting to look good and hte Scopex Squid was leading the way. 10 minutes later and Josh was into a fish on the White Chocolate boilies, 5 minutes after that and Jow was in on the Tutti Frutti.
It didn’t seem to matter what bait it was, as long as it was in the right place it was going off. The fellers on the opposite bank hadn’t had a touch all this time and were watching curiously.
2 hours into the trip and they were up to 7 fish with a couple of missed takes. Now it was warming up a bit and the fish were moving mid water, a change to zig rigs seemed the way to move forward, so all th e lads put a zig on one rod and continued to fish a bottom bait or pop up on the bottom.
Things slowed right down as the temperature got higher and higher, it was like the lake had switched off completely. Finally Josh got a screamer on the zig rig but somehow managed to miss it completely!
Joe had one last fish on a Pineapple pop up under the far marginal tree on a chod rig and that was that for the day.
A great day out and really good fun. The lads managed to try several different rigs and baits out and they all caught fish. There wasn’t any monsters caught on the day, with the best going around 10lb, but we had a lot of fun.