Thursday, 6 April 2017

Love is in the air

The sun was out AND there was a touch of warmth in the air.  Could Spring actually be happening?

Outside the birds were nest building, tweeting sweet nothings to each other.  Love was in the air.

I was more interested in the water though.  I stuffed everything into the car (including my now jammed baiting pole which is longer than my vehicle (dont ask).

After a slightly hair raising journey with the pole swinging about and jutting out of my cars backside I made it to the Viaduct.  It was really quiet which was great.  I had a quick word with Matt (who i always call Sam) before trudging to the Match Lake.

I chose what I think was Peg 49.  I set up a hair rigged pellet and sweetcorn on the hook, coupled with a nice chubby float.

After that I set up a second rod with swimfeeder and worm attached.

The swimfeeder went out towards the island (but not tight because I didnt want to get snagged up).  Meanwhile I put the float out to my right along the margin.  I balled in some wet breadcrumb and a few red maggots.


It was heartening to see the Carp moving about, the water must have warmed up a bit.  But were the fish more into luuuuurrrrvvvv or food?

The answer came after about 15 minutes when the float slid under.  A powerful fight ensued.  When I finally pulled him in I was thrilled to see the rich green tinge of a Tench.

Tench - Surely one of the best fish out there.

I popped him in the keepnet then had a change of heart (soft sod) and let him go.  I feel bad keeping larger fish in a cramped net for hours on end!  I have no idea how heavy he was as I have lost my weighing scales... I would guess a smidgen over 1ib

Now it was the ledger's turn, the alarm bleeped and I struck into a sloppy Bream, he gave up without a fight but was quite a nice size.  Again its a guess but around 1.5 ibs.

Once he was unhooked and plopped back  in I recast and it went quiet for about 10 minutes before the alarm went off again.

This fella was much harder fighting and I assumed it was a Carp.

He was absolutely mental on the bank and I was glad to throw him back in!

Meanwhile the float was bobbing about with the swirl of silvers feeding on the breadcrumb and some hemp.

But again it was the ledger which hoooked another.

Another chunky fella (an F1 I think) 2ibs or so.

I paused for a bit to have a wee (TMI) and a drink.

The float was getting yanked all over the place but I think it was sivers going at it.

Bleeeeepppp... Off it went again.  Worms were the bait of choice today.  A small fight ensued but I knew it wasnt a carp.

Notice those odd white spots?  Thats a fishy ready to spawn.  Love was in the air (water)

By this point I was pretty pleased with the session but it got even better!

Finally the float sunk and then a very hard battle ensued.  I thought it was going to be a chunky Carp but it was a second Tench.  These fellas really fight hard.

What a great fish.  Sorry its blurry.

The Match Lake wasnt done yet and I had more on the ledger and the float!

This was quite heavy 5ibs ish

This was another heavy (biggest of the day I reckon.  Dot think it was a double but probably pushing 8ibs

Another chunky Bream

Obviously all this love making was hungry work and I benefitted!  t was a great session and you can see why The Viaduct is so highly regarded.  I really should try out the other lakes but I love the Match Lake especially when you get catches like this.

After the leftovers

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