Its that time again.

The weather is cooling down some, but still no real amount of rainfall sadly. However I’m going to get back into the fishing starting on a little commercial I’ve not visited before. It’s about an hour from my home and has a few nice size lakes with an abundance of different species from Roach, to Carp, Bream, Chub and big Perch.

I’m hoping to use the new whips, and maybe do some close in waggler fishing for Crucian carp and Tench. I’ll use a pole float waggler and see if the fish like paste made from pellet.


Monday, and I’m at the lakes mention above. Wow very impressed, stunning location with plenty of water available in the seven lakes. It’s fortunate as the place is very busy, with caravan holiday makers fishing their socks off and filling many of the lakes. I sign in pay for my ticket and dip my net in the medicated bin supplied by the fishery, excellent idea. It show the place is thinking about not only the fish, but their future too. I settle on one of the least busy lakes that the owners tell me have some nice Crucian carp and Roach exactly what I asked for. I notice they also do a morning breakfast, that could be something I go for on those winter days to come.

I start today with a trickle of hemp and red maggots, just six or seven grains of hemp and a dozen maggots. I’m fishing a match stick rig on the 3 meter whip, with a .10 hook link and size 18s hook. On the 4.5 meter whip I’m fishing a small Drennan glow tip waggler taking just .06 of a gram. Hook link is again .10 with a size 16s wide gap hook for corn.

I’m expecting the fish to come up in the water and that’s exactly what happened over the next few hours of me bait trickling. I start hooking some small Roach and Silver Bream to a pound, then a few decent Roach to 10oz then more silver bream, and a bonus 1lb Perch. And so it goes, more nice silver Bream to 1lb+ then a few more pound Perch, with several decent Rudd to half a pound. After a while I’m catching on the long whip just off bottom, and the short whip on the drop, no weight just a match stick used as a float with a slow sinking maggot.


Then the Crucians move in and the bites get difficult, the fish are those wonderful chunky mini carp with golden bodies and red-yellow fins and tails. Those little Crucians almost bent the whip double as they ploughed up and down the margin, looking for a quick release. I’d guess the best little carp was a little over a pound and a quarter, and the smallest half a pound. By the time it came to pack up I’d taken a least 40 fish, all on the new Diana Speed whips, with four pound main line, and .10 hook-links. I’d also had some of the best fun fishing in years. I cannot wait for my next trip, this time to a different lake on the complex.


Author: Fishermanrichard.

Retired and fishing as much as I can.

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