Fields End (20)
The day started promisingly in that the lake was calm and 'inviting'.
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.