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Fields End (99)

Back to Fields End for another afternoon session.

Arrival time: 14.30
Weather: Sunny and very warm with a light breeze.
Swim: East bank
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 8 hook.
Baits: Bread flake and luncheon meat.
Fish: Seven carp and one roach.

Much the same as last week, all my preferred spots were occupied. But I did quite well last week in the pitch a couple along from the reed end, and it was free again today. I adopted the same tactic, namely a free line with bread flake fished down the margin.

Things didn't kick off quite as quickly as last week but soon after 15.00 the line tightened and I was into a fish. It soon became evident that it was foul-hooked, seemingly a risk when free lining judging by how often it occurs. It was a leather of just over 9lbs (photo) and was very difficult to get in, as is often the case with a foul-hooked fish.
  •  Leather carp 9lb 3oz

    Leather carp 9lb 3oz

  •  Leather carp 7lb 13oz

    Leather carp 7lb 13oz

  •  Leather carp 16lb 9oz

    Leather carp 16lb 9oz

  •  Mirror carp 9lb 2oz

    Mirror carp 9lb 2oz

  •  Leather carp 13lb 6oz

    Leather carp 13lb 6oz

  •  Leather carp 9lb 3oz

    Leather carp 9lb 3oz

  •  Leather carp 7lb 13oz

    Leather carp 7lb 13oz

  •  Leather carp 16lb 9oz

    Leather carp 16lb 9oz

  •  Mirror carp 9lb 2oz

    Mirror carp 9lb 2oz

  •  Leather carp 13lb 6oz

    Leather carp 13lb 6oz

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Fields End (98)

After deliberating for a bit I decided on another afternoon session at Fields End

Arrival time: 14.20 (started to fish at 14.35)
Weather: Bright and warm with a light breeze, but got drenched in heavy rain shower.
Swim: East bank
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 8 hook.
Baits: Bread flake.
Fish: Seven carp and one roach.

I wasn't surprised to find all my preferred spots occupied and wandered about for a while trying to decide where to fish. I ultimately went to a swim on the east bank two spots away from the reed end. My logic was that if I didn't do too well, perhaps the chap in the reed end swim would pack up early and I could shift across.

I had reeds to the left and bankside cover to my right, offering possibilities to catch in the margin. Although I took my match rod, today I decided to stick with the compact float and fish a free line with bread flake. The baker had sold out of my favourite tin loaf with the rubbery crust so I had to make do with a sliced bloomer from Aldi! It worked reasonably well but dried out quicker, making it harder to keep the crust on the hook later in the session.
  •  Mirror carp 10lb

    Mirror carp 10lb

  •  Common carp 6lb 9oz

    Common carp 6lb 9oz

  •  Leather carp 7lb 5oz

    Leather carp 7lb 5oz

  •  Mirror carp 10lb

    Mirror carp 10lb

  •  Common carp 6lb 9oz

    Common carp 6lb 9oz

  •  Leather carp 7lb 5oz

    Leather carp 7lb 5oz

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Fields End (97)

I decided on an afternoon and evening session today. The evening certainly paid off.

Arrival time: 13.00 (started to fish at 13.20)
Weather: Bright and very warm with only a breathe of a breeze, but some cloud cover.
Swim: Reed corner and reed end.
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 8 hook.
14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line, 14 hook. Insert waggler.
Baits: Bread flake and luncheon meat.
Fish: Six carp and some small roach.

Last week there were quite a few spare pitches so I chanced arriving in the afternoon so I could fish into the evening. Of course, with the sun shining all the spots I favour were already occupied. I settled in what I call the reed corner, the first spot I fished on the lake many years ago and once my clear favourite. However, I lost so many fish in the dense reeds that I stopped fishing there.

Today there seemed to be little choice, while the reeds have now encroached much further leaving a very narrow channel of open water through which to play large fish, even assuming you can keep it from the reeds. I started free-lining with bread but although the line tightened occasionally it seemed that roach were the culprits, and I hooked nothing. But I could see carp moving in the reeds less than a rod length out, so dropped in some floating crust.
  •  Leather carp 8lb

    Leather carp 8lb

  •  Common carp 5lb 10oz

    Common carp 5lb 10oz

  •  My spot - note floating crust at bottom of image

    My spot - note floating crust at bottom of image

  •  Common carp 5lb 9oz

    Common carp 5lb 9oz

  •  Leather carp 10lb 3oz

    Leather carp 10lb 3oz

  •  Mirror carp 9lb 14oz

    Mirror carp 9lb 14oz

  •  Leather carp 8lb

    Leather carp 8lb

  •  Common carp 5lb 10oz

    Common carp 5lb 10oz

  •  My spot - note floating crust at bottom of image

    My spot - note floating crust at bottom of image

  •  Common carp 5lb 9oz

    Common carp 5lb 9oz

  •  Leather carp 10lb 3oz

    Leather carp 10lb 3oz

  •  Mirror carp 9lb 14oz

    Mirror carp 9lb 14oz

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Fields End (95)

With sciatica ruling out golf, my first trip to Fields End in 2019. Interesting experience with the carp.

Arrival time: 07.35 (started to fish at 07.45)
Weather: Sunny day with white fluffy clouds.
Swim: Tree corner
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 8 hook.
14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line, 14 hook. Insert waggler.
Baits: Bread flake and luncheon meat. All carp taken on flake/crust.
Fish: Four carp and some small roach and rudd.

Having consulted the weather forecast I made for what I call the tree corner, the spot in the SW corner where you sit with trees and shrubs behind you, and where there's a reed bank either side offering a degree of seclusion. It's not a renowned carp swim but it's where I actually caught my biggest carp, a 19lb fish.

The spot was free, and in fact there were quite a few free pitches around the lake, which was a bit of a surprise in July. But a welcomed one. Since I first fished here in 2006 the associated camping and caravan facilities have grown significantly and what was once a fairly quiet lake can now at times be very 'busy'. But today it wasn't, much to my satisfaction.
  •  Common carp 7lb

    Common carp 7lb

  •  Common carp 5lb 6oz

    Common carp 5lb 6oz

  •  Leather carp 10lb 14oz

    Leather carp 10lb 14oz

  •  Mirror carp 6lb 5oz

    Mirror carp 6lb 5oz

  •  Common carp 7lb

    Common carp 7lb

  •  Common carp 5lb 6oz

    Common carp 5lb 6oz

  •  Leather carp 10lb 14oz

    Leather carp 10lb 14oz

  •  Mirror carp 6lb 5oz

    Mirror carp 6lb 5oz

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Syndicate Lake (15)

Perfect afternoon but only two bites, and two carp.

Arrival time: 11.30
Weather:Very warm for early October with just a light breeze.
Swim: Lily pads & SW corner
Tackle: 12ft Drennan Barbel Specialist, 8lb line, 10 hook.
Bait: Luncheon meat.
Fish: Two carp, best 10lbs 0oz.

With the forecast for colder weather arriving at the end of the week I grabbed a few hours over the lake this afternoon. I’ve been letting the fishing slip a bit lately and must really try to get out more often.

I arrived a 13.30 and started in the Lily Pads swim, putting a light leger out between the two beds of pads. Not a touch. Not even nibbling from smaller fish, the luncheon meat being untouched when I retrieved it. I persevered until 15.00 and then decided to move around to the deeper water in the SW corner. It’s a dodgy swim, with a very steep bank and deep water right near the edge. I was very careful as I inched my way down with the tackle.
  •  SW corner swim

    SW corner swim

  •  Common carp 8lb 0oz

    Common carp 8lb 0oz

  •  Common carp 10lb 0oz

    Common carp 10lb 0oz

  •  SW corner swim

    SW corner swim

  •  Common carp 8lb 0oz

    Common carp 8lb 0oz

  •  Common carp 10lb 0oz

    Common carp 10lb 0oz

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Syndicate Lake (11)

Evening didn’t turn out exactly as expected.

Arrival time: 15.45
Weather: Sunny at first but wind became cold and even colder when the sky clouded over.
Swim: Lily pads and NE bay.
Tackle: 12ft Drennan Barbel Specialist, 8lb line, 10 hook.
14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line and 14 hook.
Baits: Bread flake & Luncheon meat.
Fish: three carp, best fish 11lbs 10oz.

In my last report I said I would return and have a go at the roach. Unfortunately fishing rarely pans out as you would like. Whereas on the last occasion I was getting a bite a cast from roach using my heavier tackle, today I could hardly tempt them with a nibble using a much more appropriate set up. However, let’s start at the beginning.

I arrived late afternoon having eaten beforehand so I could stay for the evening. Although I was aiming to fish the NE bay for roach, I first went to the Lily pads swim to see if there were any carp cruising the surface, as I had brought some bread this time. Despite it being warm there were no signs of carp at the top. I dropped a large piece of flake down the margin in case there was a fish or two patrolling the shallows but nothing materialised. There were also no signs of movements in the reeds. Perhaps I should have tried for a bit longer but I decided to move to the NE bay and try for the roach, which was the original plan.
  •  Common carp 9lb 6oz

    Common carp 9lb 6oz

  •  Common carp 11lb 10oz

    Common carp 11lb 10oz

  •  Wildie 7lb 14oz

    Wildie 7lb 14oz

  •  Common carp 9lb 6oz

    Common carp 9lb 6oz

  •  Common carp 11lb 10oz

    Common carp 11lb 10oz

  •  Wildie 7lb 14oz

    Wildie 7lb 14oz

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Syndicate Lake (9)

First trip to the lake this year and a bit of luck.

Arrival time: 14.30
Weather: Cloudy with drizzle, brightening later.
Windy but this didn’t affect the sheltered lake.
Swim: Lily pads
Tackle: 10ft Fishtec compact float rod with Shimano ST5000 reel, 6lb line and 16 hook.
11’6” Hardy Marksman, Shimano Exage 4000RC reel, 8lb line, 12 hook.
Baits: Luncheon meat , worm and sweetcorn.
Fish: One nice carp, 11lbs 6oz, a few roach and a small pike.

The first bit of good news was that the undergrowth hadn’t yet taken hold so I could actually get to what I call the lily pad swim without too much trouble. There were, however, no lily pads at this time of year. They’re obviously awaiting spring/summer like the rest of us.

There were no signs at all of fish movement, which contrasts with when I first looked at the lake in March last year, when there were carp cruising during what was an early warm spell. I set up two rods. My Hardy Avon with a leger and my compact float rod to fish the margin. I hoped for roach and perhaps perch in the margin and a passing carp on the ledger, or maybe a larger roach/rudd. I put luncheon meat on the leger and alternated between worm and sweetcorn on the float rod. I soon started catching small roach on worm, and a few on sweetcorn. They often took the worm off the hook without seemingly actually taking the hook, as I used far more worms than I caught fish.
  •  Common carp 11lb 6oz

    Common carp 11lb 6oz

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Syndicate Lake (6)

Today tried for roach and got a couple of bonus carp.

Arrival time: 11.00
Weather: Sunny / cloudy.
NW wind was behind me but it caused sideways drift, making it difficult to control a float.
Swim: Lily pads
Tackle: 14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line and 14 hook.
Baits: Sweetcorn and luncheon meat.
Fish: Two carp and 16 roach. Best carp 11½ lbs. Best roach 1lb 2oz

Today I decided to try for the roach. I started with sweetcorn and took two roach with the first two casts, the biggest around 4 oz.

After this it went quiet. I was having some difficulty casting to the gap between the lily pads. The cross-wind was troublesome and the overgrown mangle of bramble and shrubs behind me limited the backcast. I changed to a light ledger but things seemed to have gone very quiet.
  •  Common carp 8lb 4oz

    Common carp 8lb 4oz

  •  Mirror carp 11lb 8oz

    Mirror carp 11lb 8oz

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Syndicate Lake (4)

Two good carp.

Arrival time: 15.30
Weather: Overcast, brightening into evening.
Light wind not affecting lake.
Swim: Lily pads
Tackle: 11’6” Hardy Marksman, Shimano Exage 4000RC reel, 8lb line, 12 hook.
Bait: All fish taken on luncheon meat.
Fish: Two carp, best 11lbs, and a rudd just under a pound.

I decided on a late afternoon / evening visit. The brambles had grown back, so the first job was to clear a few hanging tendrils that were both an annoyance and a hazard. It’s certainly back to nature at this lake. No freshly mown banks and spacious platforms.

It was a slow start but at 16.10 a good indication on the bobbin resulted in a nice rudd of 15oz.

Things then quietened down completely and I was beginning to think that I was in for one of those non-productive sessions. I kept an eye on the margin reeds for movement but there wasn’t anything that looked like a carp foraging around. I did try placing the bait in the margin and actually lost what could have been a nice roach, but no sign of carp.
  •  Common carp 11lb 4oz

    Common carp 11lb 4oz

  •  Common carp 11lb 0oz

    Common carp 11lb 0oz

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Fields End (91)

A glorious day after weeks of awful weather.

Arrival time: 13.30
Weather: Clear sunny sky and very light easterly breeze.
Swim: Reed End
Tackle: 12ft Greys’ Prodigy Rova Specimen, 5lb line, waggler, 12 hook.
Bait: All fish taken on bread flake.
Fish: Three carp, best 10lb 12oz, and a tench.

It was the end of March when I last went fishing. The weather has been somewhat wet, to say the least, but I have also been doing other things that have kept me away from the water.

It was also an opportunity to try out a newly acquired Greys’ Prodigy Rova Specimen rod. This is a six-piece 12 foot rod designed for travelling. Now in the past such rods have not come anywhere near matching the performance of two or three-piece blanks. However, this had good reviews and I wanted something I could pack in the car when going on holiday that didn’t need to be laid through the car boot and into the space between the front seats.

It was very hot when I arrived, much warmer than I had expected. In the reed-end swim you’re facing the sun and it actually became quite uncomfortable after a couple of hours. Add to this the fact that the carp were spawning, and you have difficult conditions. It’s the first time I’ve witnessed the spawning rituals. In the margins all round the lake the carp were chasing each other and thrashing the reeds. This went on all afternoon.
  •  Leather carp 10lb 2oz

    Leather carp 10lb 2oz

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