Having not been able to fish for nearly six weeks (finally moved house!) I was itching to start my Spring Tench campaign. A dawn start with the weather decidedly unseasonal, windy showers drenching the countryside but as we arrived at Bishops Bowl fishery the sun was starting to break through and a dry day looked a possibility. The lake Martin and I had hoped to fish was home to a barrowload of bivvy boys having a 48 hour match however there was one secluded corner of this gravel pit that was free and the owner put us onto there informing us that it was a great spot for Tench. It was so secluded that the bailiff had to show us where it was, it was easy to understand why they called it 'Lands End'! I managed to get completely lost on the way out which Martin found hilarious!
Anyway it certainly looked fishy so we were happy. Tactics for both of us would be to fish two rods, Martin had maggots on one and worm on the other while went out for my usual all out chopped worm attack.
I had only managed to cast one rod out and was setting up the second when the buzzer indicated the first bite of the day. The strike connected and after a plodding battle I landed a small pretty Mirror Carp, not the target but never the less a good start to the day.
|Probably about 7lb.|
A young looking specimen weighing 1lb 6oz which showed the lake has potential as a big Roach fishery that could possible be home to 'twos'. My fishing buddy also landed one of his own around the one pound mark.
I have recently completed an evening course in basic photography and am hoping this will help me take better pics for this blog amongst other things.
|a Stone chat|
|Great Crested Grebe|