Fields End (79)
Arrival time: 07.00 (started to fish at 07.45)
Weather: Cloudy start, bright later. Strong SW wind.
Swim: Tree Corner.
Tackle: 14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, new Shimano Exage reel with 5lb line, 16 hook tied direct. Insert waggler.
Baits: Bread flake and luncheon meat.
Fish: Three carp, best 12lbs, nine crucians, best 2lbs 7oz, a 2lbs 9oz tench and a few roach.
The forecast was for a warm day, but windy. The morning was, in fact, far from warm. Cloudy with a strong SW wind it was quite chilly. I benefitted from being in the Tree Corner, which is protected from south-westerlies.
Having succeeded with luncheon meat on my last visit I started with this bait. A couple of missed bites in over an hour convinced me that, today, this bait wasn’t working. I switched to flake, which resulted in more bites, in fact a bite almost every cast, but I couldn’t hit them; small roach, maybe. At 9.20 a nice roach of 11oz was a welcome relief but other than a couple of smaller roach, and what I think was an Ide of about 8oz just before midday, things were quite dire.
At 12.30 I hit a better fish, which turned out to be a fine 1lb 15oz crucian carp.
There followed a spell where I caught a total of nine crucian carp (see table).
All fish were over a pound, with the largest at 2lb 7oz (photograph) being a personal best for this species.
The last crucian was caught at 17.10 and at this point I decided to switch to luncheon meat in the hope of picking up a carp or barbel as the evening approached. In fact, at 17.50 a tench of 2lb 9oz took the luncheon meat. I persevered and at 18.30 a nice common carp of 7¼lb was landed after a spirited fight on light tackle. Twenty minutes later, after an even more impressive battle, a 12lb mirror was landed (photograph).
It was now nearly 19.00 and I debated whether to have another cast, worried that an even bigger fish may not be landed before nightfall. I succumbed, and at 19.10 landed a 6lb mirror that really battled. It took more line in a single run that either of the other fish. My new Shimano Exage reel in combination with the match rod is working extremely well.
Again I debated another cast as the carp were obviously now patrolling the margin. But caution prevailed and I packed up. A fine day’s fishing.