October 25, 2023 2 min read

Avid anglers understand that each trip to the serene Wraysbury North Lake comes with its own unique challenges and rewards. My recent escapade to this renowned fishing haven was no exception, offering a thrilling roller coaster ride of experiences, emotions, and, of course, fish tales.

A Busier Lake Than Usual:

Upon my arrival, it was apparent that the lake was busier than ever before, with fellow anglers eagerly seeking their piece of the action. The excitement in the air was palpable, but it was equally obvious where the bulk of the fish had gathered. The challenge now was to find a prime spot among the heavy competition.

Swim Hopping and Fish-Hunting:

In my initial days, I found myself in a situation that many anglers can relate to – the fish were tantalisingly close but frustratingly out of reach. Determined to make the most of my time, I resorted to 'swim hopping.' This involved constantly changing locations and trying to outwit the elusive fish. However, my early endeavours yielded no tangible results, despite my persistence.

Wednesday's Turning Point:

As the week progressed, I decided to change my approach. On Wednesday, I finally secured a swim just off the area where the fish had been regularly spotted. This new positioning filled me with a renewed sense of optimism and determination.

The Perfect Bait Strategy:

With my new swim secured, I immediately set about crafting the perfect bait strategy. Among the dense weed, I found promising spots and loaded them with a tantalising mix of C-Food Boilies. I employed a combination of chopped, crumbled, and whole boilies, sprinkled with Buckwheat and Chopped Tigers. To top it off, I generously coated my concoction with the irresistible allure of C-Food Supreme Glug.

Success at Last:

The following morning, the middle rod came to life, with a strong bite that sent adrenaline coursing through my veins. After a gripping and tense battle, I triumphantly hoisted a magnificent 33lb 6oz mirror carp from the depths of the lake. Alongside the impressive catch, a substantial bundle of weed surfaced, evidence of the struggles faced in reeling in this prized treasure. Safely ensconced in my landing net, the beautiful carp was a testament to patience, determination, and the perfect baiting strategy.

Andy with a North Lake Mirror caught on C Food

The Changing Winds:

Yet, as every angler knows, the winds of fate are ever-changing in the world of fishing. That night, the wind shifted, and with it, the fish changed their patterns. Despite my earlier success, I found myself unable to get near them again, a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of this pursuit