Fields End (93)
Arrival time: 07.30
Weather: A cloudy bright day that alternated between a fresh breeze and calm humid conditions.
Swim: Reed End
Tackle: 14ft Shimano Speedmaster match rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC reel with 5lb line and 10 hook.
10ft Fishtec Compact Float, Shimano bait caster, 8lb line, 10 hook.
Bait: All fish taken on chopped pork & ham.
Fish: Two carp, two crucians, eleven roach and a couple of tiddler perch.
It was over a year ago that I was last at Fields End Pit. The place doesn't change much, although I noted that steps had been added to access many of the platforms, which sit at the bottom of sloping banks. The caravan park seems to have grown, and I wasn't surprised to find tackle in many of the swims when I arrived, but no sign of anglers. When I first went to Fields End in 2006 there was one small field for touring caravans and most of the anglers around the lake were locals. Now I rarely see a local. Everybody else on the lake seemed to be carp fishing; the obligatory two rods neatly set up while the anglers in some cases were lounging at the top of the bank waiting for the fish to hook themselves. To me that isn't fishing, but it now seems to be de rigueur on commercials.
I had a mirror carp of 5lb quite early on (09:40), and just after midday (12:10) took a 6lb fully scaled carp (photo). About an hour later I was broken trying to stop what felt like a far bigger carp getting into the reeds. I weighed my first crucian carp at 1lb 8oz; the second was probably around ¾lb. The tiddler perch took the meat bait, which hasn't happened to me before at Fields End.
I tried a bit of legering with my 10ft rod, placing the bait alongside the reeds, but although the line tightened a couple of times, probably from roach, there was nothing doing.
I had decided to pack up around 15:00, although I had in any event used up all my meat bait. It was a matter of new bait every cast because it was so soft. Even the bread flake lasted longer.
I have done so little fishing recently that I actually felt a little bit out of practice today. For example, I managed to snag my line in the nearby tree even before I started fishing, and needed to re-tackle afterwards. Then a little later the line snagged a dead bullrush stem. I flicked it off but the line seemed to be cut by the stem, so yet another re-tackle. And I had quite a few line tangles. So I need to go again as soon as possible, but must first find a source of suitable luncheon meat.