Well that time of year had come when the bookings slowed down for us and my yearly Birthday weeks fishing was due,It was a week late this year but I had my good friend Neil coming out which was also his birthday week,typical the rain decided to pour like there was no tomorrow with strong gale force winds at time,but we did get a few sun shine breaks for 1/2 a hour or so pmsl but very surprised how cold the nights dropped in temp again almost to freezing.Anyway after setting up in a break in the wet and managing a break in the weather to get the bivies up dry we were fishing,hooray !!!.we managed to get the rods out in the dark but just pub chucked to be fair and on sunday morning we were up setting the rods and baiting the spots.
we were both in the large double in the centre of the lake,Neil on the left and myself on the right hand side of the swim after we drew straws.later that day Neil was away from the deep water and after a great scrap he snared a lovey 41.08lb mirror,It chucked it down during the fight aswell and i was fine as i had a brolly lol…pmsl…… but the sun came out for the pics.We had to wait 3 days for the next run or should i say proper run ,we had been plagued with liners and false runs,and we even retrieved a fair bit of tackle **&%$**^%^%,but Neil was in again with a 37.04 mirror and even lost another one,I was starting to get a bit twitchy now with the lack of action and the lack of not seeing any signs of fish over my 1/2 of the lake.
Anyone that knows me will know that i love plenty of particle and pellet and less boilie in my approach but having re-baited my same spots every day for 4 days with 5k of partcle/pellet and boilie had me worried,i decided not to re-bait and leave my rods/baits in the water and not disturb them and bingo it paid off after 24 hrs when my left hand rod in the shallows that was off the good old coke can spot had a really twitchy take but that was enough for me to hit,and the 3lb tc dictaor bent over solid and I knew i had a big fish on,fast kiting runs to start with then deep slow plodding as she came into deeper water,after 35 minutes or so we slipped the net under this solid mass of a fish and instantly i knew which fish i had and was over joyed ,we sorted our selves out and prepared and weigh the BOX FISH and she was slightly down on her heaviest weight bit at 56.08lb i was very very pleased indeed.
Its funny how we was talking about the fish stock and a few of the fish that i had not actually caught and i had named the grey Italian and the Little Italian but to name but a few and how long it had been since i had also caught fish like the box fish and split tail which were now in the 50’s
The night passed by with heavy rain but did I care no course I did not I just had the BOX FISH AT 56.08LB ,the following day was still raining and Neil banked out another corker of a mirror of 39.08lb,we retained her for a little while to try and get some decent photos but even under the brolly the rain was so torrential we let her go back because there was no chance of the rain letting up soon and plus my policy for retaining for too long(even I stick to my rules )later that day the rain eased to a fine drizzle and just into dark my middle rod was away that had been out for 48 hrs and with a lake that had more than likely turn over it’s water contents 3-4 times in that time and with the inlet at full white water churning with my baited area around 25ft away i was amazed i had the take,and knowing i still had another rod in that area,well again another heavy and flat rodding battle and i saw the fish role about 20 ft out under the head torch beam I said to Neil don’ you dare ! meaning don’t say anything ,
I will explain that sentence ……when we saw the fish roll it looked very much like the grey Italian,so the last 5 mins playing that fish was very heart stopping,but once it was in the net and inspected it was confirmed it was the little Italian……isn’t it funny as I stated earlier we was talking about fish i had not caught for a while or not at all.Again over the moon and when weighed he only went 37.08lb but i was well happy,I did not even put the rod back out anyway it happened a few hrs later that last rod on the inlet had a single beep followed by another and another,then a drop back by two inches then i was on it as it started to take,bearing in mind i am fishing at 165 yards I wound down cupped the spool and yessss rod bent over and i was in again.
This felt very heavy again compared to the last fish i played and at range,slow slow plods in the dark misty night left and right,slowly coming and making it’s way in to the deep water of the swim,then stripping 15 to 20 yards of line with deep lunges 15 mins pass the 20 and so on,arm aching,groin sore with the butt of the rod,mind thinking over and over what have i got,naming fish in my head over and over again,is it one of the A team hope so, is a new p/best or a new lake record or could it be our first 60 ?………..up she come to the net in a gliding motion and slow motion O.M.G DON’T BELIEVE IT….. we have just netted the grey Italian what will it go we have not seen her for a while,both me and Neil are jumping for joy ,let the fish and Me rest and get sorted rolled the net down and well i had to ask Neil for help as i could not lift it on my own.
into the cradle and the sling,what a sight and she was immaculate,onto the scales and again they went round to 56.08lb just slightly under her spawn weight at the start of the year of 57.00lb,I was so happy as i had just had a brace of 56.08lbers in 24 hrs.now came the photo time,now this fish has always been a awkward fish for anybody to hold and i have never been able to get a decent shot yet i was ringing Conor my son and texting him over and over again to come to see if he could do the pics for us as Neil isn’t to keen with my all singing and dancing camera at night but have to say he did a good job as always,I let the side down because i struggled to lift her because of her shape,the box fish was easy to lift at the same weight than this monster ,as you can imagine i got some stick from Neil up a bit left abit come on weakling and all that rubbish lol
so that was our week apart from a common that Neil caught the following day near 30.00lb
we both enjoyed the week with some harsh changeable conditions at times watched some good films and had some good times with laughter and banter but better still some great fish,For me it was actually catching a brace of 56.08’s with my best friend being their with me as we only fish together maybe for 1 week a year together,so thankyou Neil until the next one -x-
plenty of work over the shut down with the rest of the lakes including our nettings which went very well indeed and stocking a few more fish into the north lake all over 30-40lbs and to do the swim rebuilds on simon’s and jolly pads to the same spec as the North lake
And to all the customers of Eden’s Lakes old and new hope you enjoyed the read and hope to see you on the bank again soon have a great xmas and a happy new year.
cheers and tight lines
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