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Fields End (21)

After the unsuccessful trip on the 9 October I decided to revert to the reed swim and try some float fishing in the margins with the hope of some perch or roach, and perhaps a stray carp. I took some maggots, a very rare thing for me these days.

Well, the day was a disaster. The float fishing yielded minuscule perch on maggot, and the only success was when I tried float-fished sweet corn and picked up a small carp. Read Full Report...

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'. Read Full Report...

Orchard Lakes (2)

This second day at the lake was better. The pumps were off and the fish were a bit more active. I managed to take seven or eight fish, the best being 4¾ lb. Read Full Report...

Orchard Lakes (1)

We had a week away at Bashley on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire and Orchard Lakes was just down the road. I had two visits, one for a day and the second for the afternoon. It was a lovely week, this first day in particular being very warm.

I fished the largest of the five lakes. Read Full Report...

Fields End (19)

Well, after last week's disastrous day I decided to fish the west bank. Unfortunately despite arriving at opening time that spot was taken, the problem being that the normal entrance was closed and access was from the 'pool', where there is nothing to stop people arriving before 7.00.

I went back to the reed corner; in fact this is the first swim you reach when you enter from the pool car park. However, on this occasion there was no wind, so fishing the swim was a delight compared with the previous week. Also, I had loaded my new reel with 12lb line, and this combined with my medium carp road proved a very well balanced rig, with enough power to muscle fish out of the reeds. In fact I had no breakages all day, even when hand-lining a snagged hook out of the reeds. Read Full Report...

Fields End (18)

Buoyed by last week's success I went back to the reed corner, but the wind on this occasion was much stronger and it proved very difficult to control my favourite free-lining approach. I resorted to light ledgering in the end but the day was really a disaster.

During the morning I lost a number of fish, both in the reeds and during playing. I was broken on one occasion. Read Full Report...

Fields End (17)

The wind was forecast south westerly, which meant blowing right into my favourite reed corner spot. I took the gamble, the lake being as calm as a mill-pond when I arrived. Also, wisdom has it that one should fish into the wind.

I quickly lost the first two fish in the reeds, then after catching 3 carp to 4¾ lb lost another two, one of which broke the line. An 8¾ lb fish was followed by four more between 6½ and 8lb 10oz during the afternoon, and a further fish was lost at the net (Common, about 6lb). I was then comprehensibly smashed by a very large fish that nearly pulled the rod out of my hand, having taken a piece of luncheon meat only about 5 yards from the rod top. The evening was finished off with four more carp and a beautifully conditioned tench, culminating in the best fish of the day, a 13lb 10oz mirror. Read Full Report...

Fields End (16)

Despite vowing that I would limit myself to afternoon visits after the last trip, I went for the day again and this time things worked out a bit better. I wasn't first on site this time but had decided to fish the (north-east) reed corner having not done too well on the west bank the previous week. I rather like the reed corner but it tends to produce smaller fish.

On this occasion I had regular sport up to about 3pm, when things went dead. I fished on until 7pm but then called it a day. It was a very hot day, necessitating the umbrella to provide some protection. Read Full Report...

Fields End (15)

Well, first week of retirement so first full day over the lake. Got there just before 07.00 and was first on the water. Took the tree swim as it was sheltered from the westerly wind.

As I was there for the day I tried a bit of float fishing in the margins, but despite lots of bites I hooked very little (one small roach), suggesting that they were mainly small fish. I resorted to free-lining the margin as this has proven to be a reliable technique on all previous visits. Read Full Report...

Fields End (14)

After a follow-up trip to the Dentist I went over the lake, getting there about 14.30 pm. There was a stiff SW breeze and all the good spots on the sheltered west bank were taken.

I therefore went to the swim in the north-east corner (the reed swim), the first one I ever fished on the lake. It's between reed beds so is a bit tricky. I used my heavier rod and 10lb line. The wind made it difficult to free-line but I persevered with luncheon meat cast along the left reed bed. Read Full Report...

Fields End (13)

I had had a raging toothache over the weekend so went down to London to see my dentist on the Monday morning. He saw me very quickly (root canal treatment!) so I was able to get back to Chatteris around 14.00, and decided to go over to the lake.

The south-west corner spot under the trees was free, where I had the 17lb fish on 23 May, so I thought I would give it another go.

Things were really very slow, and speaking to Charlie, the owner, it seems that it had also been slow the previous day (Sunday). He mentioned to me that he was using the photo that I sent in last year for a newspaper advert for the lake; can't be bad. Read Full Report...

Fields End (12)

Afternoon visits are becoming the norm, this time after having my windscreen changed following a stone impact last week from an impatient biker as he accelerated past me. I arrived at 13.30 this time. It had been a nice morning but rain threatened.

My 'favourite' spots were all taken so I tried the swim in the south west corner. It's under trees and in fact very secluded. It also has reed beds either side which suits my margin fishing preference. Read Full Report...

Fields End (11)

Another afternoon visit. Arrived at noon and only four people on the lake. It had been raining and still threatened more rain, which probably kept people away.

Went to the tree swim again, although the light (and cold) north easterly wind was blowing right in my face; which was even more unpleasant when it rained later in the afternoon.

Fished the margin again and was soon getting bites. These proved to be tench but I was missing so many! I lost one fish (hook hold failed) and 'felt' a few others, but managed to land three tench during the day. Only the last one was weighed at 3lb 4oz although the first two were probably between 2lb and 3lb. All were taken on bread flake. Read Full Report...

Fields End (10)

Second trip of 2008; again just an afternoon.

The trouble with arriving in the afternoon is the all my favourite spots are taken. However, on this occasion a chap left soon after I arrived, so I quickly moved into the spot where I had the big carp last year; let's call it the tree swim; because I sit under a small tree. Read Full Report...

Fields End (9)

I was off for the day because of a doctor's appointment in the morning so I decided to go to the lake in the afternoon. First trip of 2008. I arrived about 11.30 to find it very busy. Only about three of the prepared swims were available. It was a warm day with a light wind.

My favourite spots were, of course, already occupied so I went to the far side and slotted in between two other chaps, although I had a tree to my right so I was far from 'crowded in'. The swim was somewhat featureless and my neighbours were casting far out into the lake. I stuck to my 'margin fishing' principles and dropped a loose-lined bread bait out a few yards; to my right, in front of the tree between me and the next chap. Read Full Report...

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