With the recent unsettled weather, the river fishing had become somewhat challenging so it was time for a change. The carp rods have been dusted off and I've really enjoyed a few sessions on a couple of local waters.
First trip out fishing mid-afternoon into dark and I managed a 22lb common, 10mm Tuttis
and the Tutti Betalin
proving to be all that was needed. With a full day available I decided to revisit a water I hadn't fished for several years, the venue itself is relatively shallow and days only so lends itself perfectly to winter fishing. Unfortunately, the overnight temperature had dropped considerably and I was met with a frost when going out to the car.
Arriving at the lake just before first light there were few signs of activity in the first area but a carp gave itself away in the second area along with activity from smaller fish meant that was a good enough place to start!
The morning passed by without any interest but two further carp popped their heads out of the water a little bit further down the lake so it was clear a move was needed.
With the rods back out in the new swim I was confident of something happening, the phone rang with an update on some new chub baits that were being tested and mid conversation a carp gave itself away, hastily ending the call a tutti pop up was quickly recast into the ripples.
Sinking the line and setting the bobbin it took me a second or two to understand why the line kept tightening, clearly the little pop up had landed in the right spot! A dogged fight in the shallow water and the first glimpse showed me I was attached to one of the lakes few mirrors, fortunately it found the waiting landing net and the scales swung round to 27lb4oz.
Whilst confident of another take I was proved wrong but was treated to a stunning sunset, it's not just about the fish!
Looking forward to the next trip out!