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Fields End (20)

Painting the external woodwork of the house and a week's holiday contrived to keep me away from Fields End during September, but I managed to fit a trip in early in October. I have never fished the lake so late in the year, and what I soon found out was that my 'summer' tactics didn't work too well.

The day started promisingly in that the lake was calm and 'inviting'.

Lake sunrise

Lake sunrise

Mirror 8lb 12oz

Mirror 8lb 12oz



However, I struggled having missed a few early pulls. A small carp was landed after about an hour, but that was basically it and the next fish was not until 4.05 in the afternoon. When first hooked I thought it was a really good fish, but after taking quite a while to get it near the bank I saw it was foul-hooked in the pectoral fin. It weighed in at 8¾lb but I never feel that a foul-hooked fish counts. What it did show that although I couldn't get the fish to feed they were in the swim.

Other people were catching but they were fishing feeders further into the lake. I spoke to one chap who caught a 12lb fish on single maggot on a second rod that he was using to catch small perch in the margins, so perhaps it wasn't the margin fishing that was ineffective but the choice of bait. I was using bread flake or luncheon meat. Something to bear in mind for next time.