With the Brook absolutely rammed I went to the Mill especially with winds forecast at up to 70 mph at least the Mill gives you a bit of shelter, I had two takes a 17lb-8oz Wels Catfish and a lovely 24lb-4oz Linnear Mirror.
Barlow Fishery is situated in the village of Barlow Derbyshire, there are eight lakes on the complex four coarse lakes and four trout lakes. With severe weather forecast I had to get some fishing in very quickly, had two trout on my first morning a small rainbow and a nice brown trout I love the colours of these stunning trout. That night the lakes froze leaving just pockets to fish too where the water was pumping in, I tended to fish late afternoon and on my second to last night I lost a good one and with temperatues falling to -8 degrees my lines were freezing in the rings having to thaw the rings out with my finger tips each time I wanted to cast. Luckily I had booked one of the cottages on site which I must say are extremely nice and cosy so getting warm after each session was easy. I spent the evenings tying flies, after my fingers had thawed out that is.
It's been a while since I have got my lines wet so when Duane the head bailiff at Cottington asked if I fancied a 48hr session on Pepper lake I jumped at the chance, I arrived at the venue called into see Paul at the tackle shop who informed me that several thirties had been out during the weekend just what I needed to hear, met up with Duane and after a quick cup of tea we headed off to the lake a northerly wind was blowing due to turn Northeast the following day and with no signs of fish we decided to fish the pegs and fish at the back of the wind, Duane knows the lake very well and was at the construction of the extension to the lake. Duane chose swim 15 and I opted for peg 14 the swims are well placed and plenty of room, Duane showed me a couple of spots then back for another cuppa while we waited for the weekend anglers to depart, I was set up and rods out in record time Duane had to wait as I was putting the last bits into my bivvy one of the regulars approached me saying that he had never seen a fish caught from my swim "great" just what I wanted to hear thoughts of Duane stitching me up filled my head. However we were both using Premier Baits Quad Boilies so my confidence was boosted by this fact, this bait not only looks good it smells great. Duane had a common of approximately 18lb the first night I just had a few liners on my right hand rod so the following day I recast a little shorter with this rod which was in 10ft of water just off an island then at 3.15pm my right hand indicator slowly rose to the butt and stayed there as I picked up the rod and pulled into it, the fish just tore off taking several yards of line it was soon under control and came in nicely only to head straight up the margins under my left hand rod dipping my rod below the surface I managed to turn the fish which then plodded around under the rod for some time until I slipped the net under it. Duane had walked up by this time so was on hand to assist in the weighing and photographing of the fish which was a stunning 32lb-15oz Mirror. A quite night for both of us that was until Duane phoned me up at 06.00am in a bit of a state to say the least saying he had landed a lump gathering my camera I went straight to assist him he was a bit shocked and when the scales settled on 40lb-0oz I thought his legs were going to give way any minute, he was one happy angler, the fish was a heavily scaled mirror and another stunning looking carp which Cottington is now famous for. As for myself since the new extension I have struggled to get amongst the big ones but I too went away a happy angler.
Fished an extremely low stocked Scout lake in Faversham the other week the lake is approximately 8 acres with just a few Carp and as I was only doing one night was glad to hear my alarm screaming at 06.30am with a very hard fighting Common on the end of my line which set the scales at 20lb-8oz
Taken on a single Tiger Nut, the only reason I used nuts on this venue is because of the large amount of eels the venue holds.
Fished a few hours at Gunton Hall Lake whilst on Holiday there, lots of Carp in the shallows but due to the low water the swims in the shallows were unfishable, no way of landing anything hooked so fished the deeper water areas and had a 3lb-0oz Bream
Due to not being able to get out and do my usual 48 hrs I went for a short session to Cottington fishing Windsor Lake which is a 1 rod venue so was pleased to land 14 Carp, there were anglers on each corner of the lake when I arrived, so decided to fish the centre of the lake baiting three areas with pellet and catapulting method balls to each spot. I never had a take for two hours was thinking of moving when I had my first take shortly followed by the second fishing with light tackle was great fun had 13 Commons and the last one was a 5lb-0oz Mirror which gave me the best fight of the day.
Had a week at Forest Lake along with my old mate Chris Rose, it was very slow for this venue I managed just eight fish for the week, landing three Commons of 22lb-12oz, 31lb-12oz and 35lb-4oz, Mirrors of 30lb-4oz, 37lb-0oz, 38lb-2oz and two weighing 47lb-12oz. Chris had six fish topped by a 59lb-8oz Mirror
Just returned from a week at Island Lake France, Had just four takes landing a 22lb-12oz Common, 37lb-14oz Mirror, 51lb-4oz Mirror and a 57lb-14oz Mirror. Premier Baits Matrix Plus done the business as usual. It was a very slow week with just fourteen fish landed by 10 anglers, so was well pleased landing four of them.