I arrived to an empty lake (where many would think fantastic result!) but on the few trips I’ve had time for this season, I’d taken great notice of the Carp’s movements with angling pressure from here or there. This has held me in good stead, with many 30’s coming to the net during my trips.

With an empty lake and a dozen or so swans to keep me company, I set up halfway down the lake; hopefully seeing Carp doing their normal night swim though my area in the wee hours!??

Two nights later and not a bleep!!!

With another couple of nights left under my belt, I saw a couple of fish show right up the lake... so the evening before my second night I went for a little bait up, just dozen Shropshire cold as a taster. At the time I thought this was a win win idea... if it moved them out of that area I’d have some action in the night; if not they’d have a taster and be easier to catch the day after!!

Morning came and as I’d said before two nights without a bleep, so it was the slow and muddy move all the way up the lake. A night in and I’d had a double for my trouble, then on the very next morning I’d spotted some blowing; which seemed to be attractive to the swans. The area was only 3 feet deep at best so a few free Shropshire Cold boilies went in to see how the swans/fish reacted?? The swans seemed to be more interested in the weed to be fair, so with a chance of a bite of something was definitely on the cards!! A double bottom bait dead snowman was cast out. Billy came round for the afternoon to drink my tea... as he does!! With the odd liner and a swan still about, I just put it down to the swan plucking weed near my line... beeeeep! beeeeep! Bleeeeeeeeep!!! Looking up I could see the swan leisurely swimming away; not stressed at all ..... jumping into the chest waders (waters getting too cold for shorts and crocs now, even for me) picking the rod up and tightening the line, I was somewhat surprised as the swan was going one way and the line going the other. After getting stuck a few times (me in the silt, not the fish) we soon met in 18” inches of water; as her orange/golden flank rolled into the net!

At 36lb plus oz’s this was a great result for the effort I’d put in, and another Shropshire 30 plus for the year. Pictures done and a waddle through the silt dunes to her freedom (the fish not me this time!) Feeling pleased and contented, a few cups of tea later and Billy was getting ready to go. Bleeep Bleeeeeeeep! A little bit quicker on my feet this time; chest waders on and this time I’d really thought I’d hooked a swan??? She was swimming away with her back up and a little annoyed for sure; but no same again... swan going one way and the line pointing into another.

Slow and steady she plodded up and down; kicking up silt each time she turned in the shallow water. With her back already showing well before net range, I knew she was a deep girl. Head down into a dying bed of silt weed, she soon rolled and started moving again! With her weed mask on she came in looking like the phantom of the opera. Doing the fat girl waddle trying to get to a crowded bar, she did the same through the last clumps of weed; but soon safely in the net!!

What a result another chunk but this one weighed a bit more.... swinging on the scales she went 42lb something lol!! (What day is it again?) 

To be honest we had a great afternoon and it was made even better being able to share the moment with a friend. A lot of my captures are done on my own, in a way I’ve missed the banter on the bank with close mates.

As the session came to a close I’d cleaned the figures up with a 40, 30, 20 and a double!! 

With over 13 X 30’s and a 40 in just 7 trips you could say I’d found a pattern; but with winter on its way and quite lakes... I’d say I’ve got a new challenge on this lake..? 

If I can get ahead with the bait making, I may even get another trip in this year??

If not I'm happy in the fact I'm helping others put carp on the bank; whether its through bait, blogs or even popping down the Retro shop (Unit 8, Hadley Business Park, Hadley Park Road, Telford, Shropshire, TF16AB) Pop in for a coffee everyone's welcome!! 

Nick.  Nick@retrobaits.com

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