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Christmas Wishes

After last week’s shambolic display from myself and Jack, we haven’t hit the bank since and with Christmas all but here fishing was off the cards, so unfortunately no new stuff to post this week :(. 

So, this is a very short but sweet blog to wish all of the readers a very Merry Christmas, I know a lot of people aren’t going to be able to spend it with family etc, especially in Essex due to the new restrictions, but try and make it as good as you can. 

I hope you all get everything you asked for and more and I hope your all back on the bank a.s.a.p. and getting into some of those winter chunks! 

Once again Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄🎄 

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Winter Washout

So, after not fishing for carp for over a month myself and Jack finally got a session out this weekend to Tylers Common Fishery to get a bend in the rod before Christmas. 

The weather leading up to Sunday was Cold, Wet and did I mention Cold? Thankfully for us the weather was set to warm up for Sunday so it wasn’t looking too bad. 

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that well as it rained all day and we got completely bogged down in our already pretty boggy swims, luckily, we invested in some decent wellies since we last went to White Lakes and nearly got frostbite in our feet! 

With it being colder I set out to have a rod out on maggots, maggots can be a seriously killer carp tactic if used correctly, I decided to try a different method of using maggots this time. I had a cork ball screwed into a bait screw on a Ronnie Rig, with the cork ball in place I then superglued maggots onto the cork ball, this makes the rig sit like a pop-up rig and gives the maggots maximum moveability as their brains aren’t pushed out with the hook point going in. 

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This was the first attempt at doing this, trust me the presentation got better throughout the day!

After sorting that rig, I decided to use a method feeder on 1 of my other rods as this worked well on this lake last time. On the other rod I used a standard hair rig but used Baylys Baits ‘Secret Sauce’ boilie as we have been checking them out lately over at Essex Anglers and giving them a good testing. 

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Jack was using similar tactics but replacing the Maggot rig with another standard hair rig but equipped with Spotted Fin Smokey Jack boilie as we have had a lot of success on it over the last year. 

The day started off pretty quiet but there were a few bleeps from around the lake so not all hope was diminished, after around 2 hours of ‘Proper man football talk’ Jacks receiver had lit up in the corner of his eye, Jack was using some new bite alarms he had recently got, whilst looking at his new fancy receiver telling him that 4mm of line had been taken, then with the number going higher and higher, he realised he actually had a take but his bite alarms weren’t turned up properly, DOH! 

Running through the swamp from our base camp was a challenge but upon getting to his rods finally Jack was in! YESS!! Whilst playing the fish, Jack could tell it was a decent fish as it hugged the bottom of the lake the whole time, but then the dreaded words left Jacks mouth ‘Its Off’, gutting! Our first sign of the day, first take and now first fish lost. Not to be completely down heartened as it was still early in our session, Jack put fresh bait on and cast to the same spot, around half a rod length off of the island in the middle of the lake. 

With no indications from my own rods, I plugged away retrieving the method feeder every 20 minutes or so to rebait and recast to the chosen spot. An hour or so after Jacks first take he was in again, this time whilst watching the previous night’s UFC (Yes, I know we are so manly it’s unreal.) Sadly, once again thou it was off, 2 takes and 2 lost fish, not great at all. Both takes coming on the Baylys Baits ‘Secret Sauce’ so we will defiantly be using these baits again on our next trip, hopefully this time we could land some fish! 

Unfortunately, with the rain making us soaked through and the gear wet, with the cold wind blowing through and the lake seemingly going very quiet over the last few hours we decided to call it a day and have a slow pack up.  

This is where the day goes from bad to just dreadful for myself, whilst packing up the rod pod and bite alarms, I made the amateur mistake of undoing the bite alarms next to the banks edge, as you can imagine with the rain hammering in all day, they weren’t the driest of items, as you can expect a slip out of the hand happened and PLOP! One of my bite alarms flies straight into the lake, after 15 minutes of trying to retrieve it with the net I came to the rather crappy conclusion that it was gone, bite alarms are now on the Christmas list 😊 

That’s it for this week’s blog, unfortunately another blog without a fish and possibly my last spot of fishing before Christmas, with lots of stuff to do over the next couple weeks my fishing the river may get pushed back into the new year! Hopefully I can move a few things about and get some time out on the bank but who knows! My fingers and toes are all crossed! 

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Species Recap

Firstly, welcome back to another blog, with this year soon coming to a close we would just like to say a thank you to everyone who reads our blogs, we really do appreciate all of the support. <3 

So, once again this week I was hoping to hop down to the river and try trotting again (Still sounds a little weird to me) however with the snow earlier in the week came the enormous amounts of fog! I am not sure how bad it was in Essex but where I live on the Lincolnshire border it was unreal, honestly couldn’t see more then 1 foot in front of you, so unfortunately that put a stop to my fishing for this week. Obviously now as I have written this blog the fog has mysteriously disappeared, typical. 

So, with no new exciting tales to tell you of my blanking record on the river, I have decided to just do a little recap on the different species myself and Jack have caught over the years, this goes hand in hand with next year as I will be on the hunt for as many as possible with the Essex Anglers Species Hunt Title on the line! I have no chance of winning it but the adventure along the way should be fun. 

First, we start with every carp anglers’ favourite fish, the Bream. Whilst admittedly it can get rather annoying whilst waiting for that elusive bite from a carp, Mr bream decides to take your hook bait and give you a good old slimy kiss to your landing net. I somewhat have a slight soft spot for the slimy buggers! Whilst most of them can be annoying I have to admit that when you land a big one the size of a bin lid it’s hard to not be impressed! Myself and Jack haven’t caught MASSIVE ones before but with next year’s competition looming, I hope I can get amongst some of the specimen ones! 

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A Nice Bream for the Guest Lake at Whites Lakes

Next up, one of mine and Jacks favourites, the good old Tench, again most carp anglers loathe them but me and Jack actually really like them, having not fished for them specifically before, next year will be interesting, we both love the colour of them and the good old scrap they put up, I think they are beautiful fish and again can’t wait to get amongst them! 

Here we have a sub-species of carp, the Koi Carp, whilst still part of the Carp family I can’t help but fall in love every time I see one, I am lucky enough to have caught 2 special ones before and have found a lake we have blogged about before that holds some lovely Koi. We will defiantly be heading there next year to get one ticked off the list and just be in awe of their beauty whilst doing it! 

Now we have a fish that I have unfortunately not been able to catch before but Jack has whilst fishing for Carp, Pike, we have never properly fished for Pike before apart from chucking a lure out and retrieving a few times before deciding to pack them away for the carp rods. But next year I will be aiming for one specifically and giving them a good crack with my cousin who fishes for them regularly so fingers crossed! 

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A small ‘Jack’ Pike caught by Jack whilst fishing for carp at a local Park Lake

Finally, we have the power house of the lot, the Wels Catfish, Ive been lucky enough or unlucky depending how you look at it to hook into these beasts on a number of occasions but have only tamed one of reasonable size. In the last year when fishing venues with Cats in I have aimed to have one rod out specifically for the Catfish but seemingly they just love to home in on my Carp bait! My 30lb Catfish pictured was actually caught on a Spinner Rig with a White pop up whilst reeling in from casting to a showing Carp and not being happy with where it landed. For a solid 10 seconds I thought I had hooked into a snag as the rod just locked up, then all of a sudden, a burst of energy and the line was screaming off the reel as I was screaming for Jack in disbelief, these monsters really do give you a fight and me and Jack cannot wait to get onto the Catfish Lake with our new membership at Whites Lakes next year! 

That wraps up this week’s blog, we have also caught countless Roach, Rudd & Small Perch however before finding my love for fishing as a whole rather than just for carp fishing, I never really took any pictures of them. With the Species hunt next year do expect to see a lot more variety in mine and Jacks fishing and hopefully a lot more fish! 

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Trotting Along

Firstly Hooray I managed the hit the bank this week! Whilst it was only for a short couple of hours, time on the bank is always an exciting time. I didn’t manage to get out last Friday as I was hoping due to the life of being an adult (It really does suck at times doesn’t it.)

I did manage to get to my local stretch of river this Tuesday, with the bitterly cold weather slowly sneaking in, its become harder and harder to convince my wife to go fishing, but in all fairness to her she never says no and off we went!

Following on from my last session to the river and having a talk with the bailiff it was quite clear I had to move up the river more and we proceeded to go to the spot he recommended last time, it has been a few weeks thou so I was hoping we would still get amonst some fish.

As I stated before I am a complete novice when it comes to anything outside of Carp fishing so all and any advice is more than welcome. Once again my trusty fountain of knowledge came to aid me with a few tips, the trusty fountain of knowledge being in the shape of Bailey, he is far to modest to admit it but he really does help me out with anything I ask.

With Bailey’s advice in hand I set my couple hours out to have 1 rod with a basic carp setup as I am itching to get my very first carp out of the river, with the other rod setup up to ‘Trott’. Now admittedly I have never heard of this method before and always believed Trotting is the outcome of a very dodgy curry the night before.

With a list of items that Bailey recommended purchased during the week I was excited to try something new and hopefully get it right ready for the Essex Anglers Species Hunt.

Unfortunately for myself the couple of hours I spent didn’t suffice to anything and a blank was on the cards, however a new skill learnt is always a positive and as long as I get all my choirs done this week I get to go fishing next week! YAY!

With that session wrapped up sadly this is a very short blog this week. Fingers crossed next weeks blog can be that little bit more invigorating and a lot more fishy!

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Farlows in the Sun

Once again adult life takes a firm grip on my fishing and unfortunately I haven’t been able to hit the bank again this week before the blog is due, however i shale be on the bank tomorrow trying my hand on the river! Woo!

So this week’s blog is a very quick re-cap of a trip me and Jack had earlier this Summer. With the trip to Farlows booked a few weeks in advance we wasn’t overly pleased with the very hot weather heading in, 30c+ we was set for a scorcher!

Arriving at the venue around 8am we wasn’t surprised to see the Lake basically full apart from a couple of pegs, Farlows is known as one of the Mecca’s for Carp fishing in the country and for that reason it is always very busy.

Off we headed around Lake 2 to see if we could squeeze in somewhere if possible, with two of our mates turning up later in the day it looked like our social would have to be put on the back burner in order to all being fishing sensibly.

Luckily me and Jack had managed to find 2 pegs next to each other along the left hand side of the lake, not our preferred swims but sometimes you have to work with what you have.

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These are the 2 pegs we managed to jump in to.

With the weather already being hot and only seemingly going to get hotter our approach was always going to be fishing zig’s and keeping an eye out for any cruising fish.

Rods out and bed chairs out for some lounging in the sun we was set for a very hot and sweaty day!

The day pretty much passed uneventfully and with only 2-3hours before sunset my rod was off! HOORAY! After a short battle I was rewarded with this lovely little mirror, having fished Farlows a couple of times before and not catching anything I was over the moon with finally landing one of its residents, even if it was one of the babies.

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Perfection scaled down!

We headed into the night with nothing else to show for our efforts, unfortunately for us the hot weather seemed to turn the fish into a randy mood and they started spawning through the night, in came the rods and we packed up first thing in the morning. Cutting our session short but allowing the fish some room to get on with the deed.

Hopefully I can get a fish or two tomorrow and have something new and refreshing for next weeks blog!

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Getting Ziggy with it!

This week’s blog isn’t what I was hoping it would be as I was hoping to show you some glorious fish from a trip to the river I was planning. Unfortunately, like all of the best made plans this never came to fruition, a few things came up at home and alas my net was kept dry (I know, I know, I’m hurting too) 

So, in reflection of that today’s blog is a recap of a day session myself and Jack had over at Chase Lakes in Dagenham in which we decided to try Zig’s as the weather was perfect for it. 

Now as I have stated a few times, myself and Jack are fairly novice when it comes to fishing, we know a fair bit now but wasn’t too great in the past. We had never really used Zig’s properly until this day but neither of us are scared to try new things that may increase the chances of a catch. 

I chose to use an adjustable zig as it would mean less hassle tieing and re-tieing rigs if I wanted to fish at different depths throughout the day, Jack chose the opposite approach of plumbing the depth then tieing a rig to the length he wanted. We hoped that doing this could give us an advantage between us and could increase our catch rate. 

With the hot summer sun blaring down on us Jack decided to do some surface fishing in the bay next to us to see if he could tempt a carp with some bread. After a few attempts he managed to hook into this beautiful carp of 23lb, our biggest from the venue and at the time one of only a few twenties we had ever caught between us. 

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Cracking 23lb Mirror Carp Jack caught on the surface with some bread, Awesome!

Now with confidence up having had a fish under our belt from a venue we hadn’t really fished before we went on our way concentrating on the zigs, not long after Jacks beautiful fish from the surface my adjustable zig was away! A few short bleeps on the bite alarm led to me picking up and reeling into a lovely small common, Success! My first fish from the venue and my first ever fish on a zig! 

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My small but very welcoming Common Carp.

Not long after slipping my fish back Jacks rod roared into action, another small but lovely common, with this one slipped back it was only an hour or so till we had to leave and unfortunately that was the last fish of our trip. 

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Jacks second fish of the day and first from the Zig rig.

So, with that all wrapped up I think this goes to show never be too scared to leave your comfort zone if things aren’t working or another method may seem better, we have used Zig’s to great success since and will always go back to them if the conditions show they may give more of an advantage. 

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First time on the River

So, as the title says I have never fished a stretch of River in any of my fishing, I have always fished lakes and mainly for carp, however with the Essex Anglers Species Hunt coming up soon I thought I would try my hand at other variations of fishing.

I believe I have mentioned before that I sadly no longer reside in Essex, I currently live in Lincolnshire and have never utilised the lakes and miles and miles of river surrounding me, all of my fishing has been with Jack & Family members in Essex, as that is where they all live and its easier to relocate myself then its to get all of them up to Lincolnshire.

With this in mind the current Lockdown seemed to put an end to any social fishing trips, and with myself living well outside the County any chance of me travelling to Essex for fishing is a huge no no.

Now with that, I decided to utilise my local river stretch and join my local angling club. Today was finally the day where I took advantage of my membership and took a long overdue trip down to the river. I have taken a few walks up and down the bank to find a few spots etc but again with my knowledge of rivers being non existent im not too sure what im really looking for.

After finding a spot I liked the look of I set about my day having 1 rod out for carp (Cant take the carp fisherman out of me) and a waggler rod out for anything and everything that would entertain me in preparation for the Species Hunt.

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Todays choice of bait was ye olde maggots (Sorry for the blue tint my wife left a sticker on the new lense 🙄)

Just over an hour into the trip the Bailiff turned up to check my book and have a nice chat, as I stated before local knowledge is one of the best sources of information anyone could ask for, with that in mind I picked away bits of information that I could get, unfortunately it turns out that I was in the wrong place for the day and he gave me some valuable advice that I will take into my next trip which is hopefully next week!

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Lovely sunny weather for the short trip today.

Taking that on board within the next 30 minutes i was packed up and the wife and fishing gear returned to the car, unfortunately there was some very heavy rain last night so the field where you park your cars was a little boggy (Huge understatement!), so obviously the car got stuck and needed a helping hand, this would be fine in any normal circumstances however my wife decided to give the car a lovely wheel spin and gave me a VERY unwelcome mud bath from head to toe! Whilst she found this highly amusing I can tell you I wasn’t best impressed.

So that is the end of this week’s blog, nothing to report other then mud is quite good for your skin. I have a good feeling that next week will be more successful so make sure to tune in for that.

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Slough House Lake Review

So unfortunately on our last trip myself and Jack weren’t as successful as we would of hoped, we was hoping that we would have enough content to put over 2 blogs as we were fishing for around 50 hours on our last session, thus we had no fish to talk about and the last blog wasn’t as good as was planned.

So this week we have decided to do a fair and honest review on a lake we have visited many times over the years, Slough House Lake which is located in Bulphan just outside Upminster, Essex, as I would presume most of the people reading these blogs are from the surroundings areas you may have heard or even visited this lake, in which case we hope you would agree on our next few points, however if not we would love to hear your opinions on Slough House Lake.

We will be breaking the review down into 3 main points and rating each point our of 5, with a total score out of 15, the points we will be covering are: Cleanliness/Upkeep of the fishery, Facilities at the fishery, the Quality of Fish, now again this review is of mine and Jacks own personal opinions and doesn’t necessarily share the opinions of anyone else.

Shale we begin?

Cleanliness/Upkeep:

Now as I stated earlier in the blog, myself and Jack have fished here on and off over the last 5-6 years, so we have seen a huge transition within the fishery from the previous bailiff and owners (I believe it was previously owned by someone else) to its current ownership by Hayes Carp Fisheries, We highly recommend checking their facebook page out, they provide constant updates from Slough House Lake and also their other syndicate lakes, We will put their link at the end of the blog.

The Cleanliness of Slough House in our opinion has always been top notch, we very rarely see any rubbish left around the lake and if it does happen the owner/bailiffs do a fantastic job of clearing it up (Which they shouldn’t have to do, ALWAYS take your own rubbish home!). So defiantly top marks for cleanliness/tidiness there!

Upkeep of the lake over the last few years (This is when we believe new ownership may of taken place) has been phenomenal. A new cafe/food bar has been built in recent months, new water pumps have been installed and general maintenance of the fishery has been brilliant, broken pegs being fixed and footpaths being relayed to make sure they are safe. This fishery is genuinely a really well looked after place and we would recommend on visiting it for these reasons alone.

Cleanliness/Upkeep – 5/5

Now we move on to Facilities:

The Facilities here are very good, as we stated before, a new cafe/food bar has been built and is open during the warmer months of the year and only at weekends I believe (This could vary during the year).

The owner runs a small tackle shop out of a portakabin on site which has a very good standard of tackle, including bait for the Catfish, anything you would need for a session, also a few extras from time to time at very reasonable prices. I believe this is open all year round but again i could be wrong and it would be best to drop them a message before arriving if you need to use the tackle shop.

Lastly there are some toilet facilities on site, unfortunately the last time I visited a few weeks ago these weren’t very nice to use so will lose a mark due to that, however this could of changed since then so take my opinion with a pinch of salt, but they do get a point for actually having toilet facilities available.

Facilities – 4/5

Lastly we look at Quality of Fish:

Now again we have been fishing here for a fair few years so have seen a huge change in how the fish are doing, it used to be very much a runs water with every fish being between 5-13lb and a fish higher then that being considered a good fish, however the big Catfish have always been there and are known to go 100lb+.

However this has changed over the last couple of years and in our opinion for the better, the average size of fish now is very good with them mainly going 15lb+, with a very good head of 20lb+ and the lake record carp being out over 30lb+ recently, this in hand with Catfish regularly going 40lb+ makes for a very good days fishing, in addition some of the mirror carp in this lake are beautiful, I have placed some pictures throughout the blog which shows this aswell.

Quality of Fish – 5/5

A 74lb Catfish caught by my cousin Stuart & a 20lb Common Carp for myself.

Now once again, we must stress that this is just the opinions of myself and Jack.

I must add though if you are looking to get yourself a good swim you may want to hire a very fast 100m sprinter for the morning, the race to the pegs of a morning can be quite daunting so get yourself prepared!

So for an overall score of 14/15 based on the 3 topics we have spoken about we would recommend for people to give Slough House Lake a good try and have a crack at the lovely fish.

Here are a few more of our favourite fish from the venue, so i hope you enjoyed our honest review!

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Whites Lakes – Its not all about the fishing

The title above is the slogan for Whites Lakes, which is the club complex we have been guesting on this year and myself and Jack will be members of next year (insert giggly girly screams here).

Now unfortunately for us the title couldn’t be anymore fitting then it is today, after a 50 hour session unfortunately we blanked, I lost 2 fish in the process which makes it an even harder pill to swallow.

So this is going to be a very short blog but I’m just going to touch on 2 things I think everyone should take into their fishing as sometimes they are over-looked.

Weather – Now this may seem like an obvious one but Weather has so many variables which could contribute to a good or bad session, the air pressure, wind, rain, sun, so many different things can be overwhelming but will defiantly help with your catch rate.

Me and Jack tried to implement this as much as possible during this trip, after the first 24 hours we decided to move due to the wind blowing into the other end of the lake, with the fish also showing alot down that end, this seemed to show that the fish seem to follow the wind in this lake and so with that information we will implement that next time into our swim choice.

Another huge factor for me in the weather is the cloud cover and rain, my best sessions have always seemed to be with a very cloudy day and lots of rain pumping into the water, whilst alot of people will avoid fishing due to the bad conditions I feel these are some of if not the best conditions to get yourself out in.

The next thing I try to implement as much as possible is local knowledge, you can easily overlook this as you may not want to talk to people etc but sometimes itis vital, even the slightest bit of information can be a benefit.

Mike the owner of Whites Lakes is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to his own fish and he takes huge pride in them and who fishes for them, this can be a huge advantage when fishing someone’s lake, with Mike being the gentlemen he is, he has gave us little snippets of advice which has helped us in the past, however he gives one bit of advice regularly that we seemingly overlooked this session. There is a regular who fishes the lakes called Bob and Mike always gives the advice ‘Be like Bob’ we really should of taken this in consideration as Bob left and went home an hour after we started our session! Moral of the story, take advice and be like Bob.

Unfrotuantly that brings an end to this week’s blog and possibly an end of our trips to White Lakes this year, but with membership under the belt (Insert another girly giggly scream here) for next year you will hear about plenty more of our antics here and with Mike too!

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Tylers Common – Wagtail Review

Last week, myself and Jack, accompanied by my dad, brother-in-law and cousin made a visit to Tylers Common Fishery, I had fished this fishery on numerous times but not properly for over 5 years I’d say, other than a short session recently for a few hours with my children to try and entice them into the sport, we fished on Ash lake as it has smaller fish and is fairly easy to catch on, granted they was more interested in playing with the maggots but they did enjoy themselves! 

So, having fished it previously I had some understanding of the complex and that it consisted of 3 match lakes and 1 specimen carp lake, we had decided to target the specimen lake for the day, I set the day off aiming for carp on two of my rods and had a little setup for perch with my other rod (As I had seen a picture of a lovely perch on their Facebook page). 

Arriving at the lake at 6:35am expecting the gates to open at 7am we was pleasantly surprised to see that the opening times on the website were incorrect and the lake was currently operating to a 6:30am-6:00pm opening times, this did make it somewhat challenging as it is still pitch black that early in the morning and the carpark is on top of a big hill that leads down to the lake, having a barrow loaded up with 3 people’s gear for the day did make for an interesting beeline for the lake, luckily for me It didn’t pick up too much speed and I managed to make it down the hill in one piece. 

Upon deciding on which swims to fish we set-up with the light levels slowly rising and showing us the beautiful lake in all its glory, I must say the complex is very clean and swims are nicely spaced apart and each has a nice bit of water to fish into, this being said if you are planning on going 2-3 days after any rainfall, then pack your wellies as it can get very boggy in the swims. 

We didn’t have to wait too long for our first bit of action as Jack had a screaming run on one of his rods, unfortunately the fish came off, however not long after Jacks lost fish my future Brother-in-law managed to land this small but lovely little common/ghost carp. 

Two more takes followed for Jack which see him land his first fish of the day and unfortunately loose one to some snags. A lovely little common to start the day off for Jack! 

The day continued with a fish for myself, again a small common carp but it was a very welcome fish as it was a blank saver! 

The action very much continued all throughout the day, especially for Jack as it wasn’t long in-between each indication on his rods, Jack has found a new love for the method feeder as of late and has really been trying to use it to his advantage, knowing the background of the lake and knowing a lot of match anglers use it, Jack decided to use the method feeder and this seemingly paid off for him as he continued to have indications and fish on the method all day long, fishing with a small Spotted Fin Classic Corn Wafter and using the Spotted Fin Classic Corn Method Ready Pellets the fish seemed to home in on it straight away, obviously seeing the success Jack was having I had to switch one of my rods over to the same method and try and get in on the action. 

Unfortunately, whilst I was getting some action on the Method rod my Perch rod was very quiet, only having this one Roach on it early in the day and nothing else all day long, however with a new method learnt and advice from Bailey in the days leading up to my trip (Appreciate it mate) I will be using this method in the future and hopefully landing a lovely stripped beauty to show you all! 

Anyway, with that out the way we continue with how the day ended up going, with the action pretty frequent all day the captures looked like this: Jack – 9, Brandon – 5, Myself – 4, My Dad-1 and unfortunately Stuart didn’t get a fish despite his best efforts all day long. 

So, a very nice day regardless and topped off by this lovely 17lb common for Brandon which is also a new PB for him so congratulations! 

This brings our day session to an end, I would just like to say that if you ever get the time, I would defiantly recommend giving Tylers Common a visit as it is a lovely lake with some lovely fish, very clean and tidy and also has a little cafe on site at the weekends for hot drinks etc so defiantly worth a trip! 

Here are the pictures of all the fish caught that day that haven’t already been posted, enjoy! 

As always, 

Tight Lines & Wet Nets! 

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