Fields End (44)
It was bright with a few spots of early rain. Amazingly only two of us were on the lake for the first hour or so even though the caravan site seemed quite full. I arrived at 07.00 and fished a waggler on my new compact 10ft float rod; a little powerhouse designed for margin fishing, among other things. I had to wait until 08.15 for my first fish; a crucian of 1½lbs. By this time the NE wind had blown up and it was both chilly and difficult to fish with the waggler. I therefore moved to the reed swim. Before I moved, though, I had the rare opportunity to see a water vole in full view. It actually perched on the base of the fishing platform.
I had been float-fishing on a 5lb line before I moved and made the mistake of casting the same set up into the reed swim. A carp took the bait almost immediately and I lost it just as quickly in the reeds. I changed to my barbel rod with 12lb line and free-lined the swim. At 09.50 I landed a 6lb mirror on flake.
I reverted to the waggler and fished the reeds to the right, which are not as dense, thus giving me a better chance to land the fish. I had a tench of about 1-1¼lb and about an hour later a nice crucian of 1lb 10oz, both on flake. I then hit another fish that just felt solid. I guess it was a tench and when it finally moved off I managed to keep it clear of the reeds on both sides of the swim. As I was bringing it in to net Helen phoned. I wouldn't usually answer in such circumstances, but Mum had had a fall, so I took the call. At this point the fish darted for the reeds just under my feet and without a second hand to retrieve line I couldn't stop it, whereupon it managed to free itself from the hook.
About half an hour later a carp took the bait and proceeded to dart across the swim straight into the thick reeds on the left, and was lost.
At this point I had to leave as things were not good with Mum.