Did a couple of nights over the weekend, was a weird one though - good conditions, mild, southerly winds, lowish pressure - but the lake literally did zero fish. Last week I had a couple in much worse conditions. I moved 4 times, trying to chase signs to get a bite - but no joy.
The fish haven't woken up that much, most of them are still mooching about in 20ft of water and not really feeding yet. Still - good to get out..
Got Thurs / Fri off, so I'm going to get down on Wednesday night maybe for 5x nights.
I see you're a fully paid up member of the reel handles/bail arms at precisely the same angle club (as am I).
I mean - you're just not getting any bites if they're not level, it's a waste of time right?
It is a pretty advanced lake, around 300-400 carp in 65 acres. I know it well though - fished there since around 2003, they're not that hard to catch - it's just a case of being "on them" which is the case everywhere I guess, however - in here they can move very quick and if it's busy, you end up fighting anglers more than fish.
One of the problems is on a weekend, the fish tend to shoal up in the middle - it's about 230 yards to the middle so long range tactics do give you an edge, if you can put a bait in the place where they don't feel under pressure. I do a lot of long-range fishing and frequently fish at 40-45 wraps (up to 180yds) problem is I have to use specially shaped leads and rigs with small hookbaits (10-12mm) to hit those distances consistently, which rules out zigs..
Totally agree about fighting anglers more than fish...every day ticket that's reasonably close to me (south east london/north kent) and not a total hole is just rammed 24/7 nowadays . Most half decent places you have to book weeks or even months in advance or turn up Thursday lunch time if you want to have an ok swim for the weekend. Been trying to get a decent club or syndicate ticket for a couple of years but even clubs now have multi-year waiting lists. I seriously regret not renewing my ticket to one of the embryo waters just before the pandemic due to it being a bit of a trek.
We suffer with a pain in the arse heron around these parts, it has had a couple of my koi and has cleared out a few ponds :-(
Beautiful bird, but destroy domestic ponds when there is a copious amount of rivers, ponds & lakes they can feed in.
Totally agree about fighting anglers more than fish...every day ticket that's reasonably close to me (south east london/north kent) and not a total hole is just rammed 24/7 nowadays . Most half decent places you have to book weeks or even months in advance or turn up Thursday lunch time if you want to have an ok swim for the weekend.
I know a guy who runs a decent syndicate (hasse fen) who has a full waiting list - but it drives him mad with the amount of people who won't pay when the time comes.