Myself ( Matt ) and angling buddy ( Nick Rudge ) are heading back to Burton - On - Trent and Bears Lake for a quick over night session
Were both putting ( No Wait On Baits ) latest creations the ( BF7 ) and ( Hot Fish ) through their paces once more
We arrived at the lake mid afternoon and were welcomed by fishery manager ( Paul Richardson ) In the car park, Then set off to do our traditional lap of the lake
For once the current bun was high and doing It’s bit In making It a very comfortable and enjoyable afternoon Indeed after stopping off In various swims and speaking to a few anglers who were already present and fishing we both decided to set up camp towards the furthest public access gate and In the final Two remaining swims which were at that end of the lake
As per usual he ( snowman rig ) was chosen but for a change the right hand rod ( Matt’s ) set up I decided to give the ( Withy Pool rig ) an outing this rod was being fished towards the central area of the lake after having a plumb about I found a lovely little spot a slight carpet of chod and weed covered the spot nothing of great concern and as this was also a field testing exercise as well as a session fishing a pop up over bottom baits would also give me a different option and presentation
Whilst rolling my bait for this session I took a slightly different approach regards shape I still brought along plenty of ( 16mm ) boilies to use whole and as chops but I also brought ( barrels ) and ( dumbells ) I thought this would bring something different to the dinner table I’m not sure If the Bears Lake Carp have seen many of these If any at all?
As 9.00pm set upon us the sunny afternoon we’d both enjoyed became a distant memory as the dreaded rain arrived again and Remained with us for the entire night. After a lengthly Carpy chat and a quick browse through Carp World I retreated to my bivvy Around 11.00pm
After an early start to the day It did not take me long to drift off In to a deep sleep, Two hours later I was awoken by a voice In the next swim screaming I’m In, First blood to ( Nick ) clutch tight and still taking line still Hmmmmmm any clues???
There’s only One fish that I know that does that! and that Is the Wels Catfish, Now ( Nick ) has never banked One of these fine specimens but that was soon to change
The typical fight eventally came to an end as the long black tail slowly sank Into the mesh of the 42” landing net. In the bag and Mr Rudge's wait Is over, The first Catfish he has ever banked and the first Catfish on a ( No Wait On Bait ) Product '' CONGRATULATIONS ''
Delight all round what a fish we had special permission from fishery manager ( Paul ) to sack any early hour captures giving the fish plenty of time to recover and for us to hopefully get some decent photography
After the excitement of the monster Catfish and a few mugs of Coffee to celebrate
( no expense spared ) we caught a few more Zzzzzzzzzzzz’s until day break
Another day ( Friday ) and yet more rain but fish activity was encouraging viewing numerous shows Carp head and shouldering and crashing with a late morning / lunch time departure planned the rods were staying put
This paid off with another delkim singing proudly around noon the lads on a roll ( Nick ) was In again this time the target species obliged and a chunky Mirror In all It’s splender was soon on the mat
The Avon Scales Registered a shade under 20lb but looking at this stunning creature you’d have to agree It looked much bigger!
CAPTURE NUMBER TWO
The variation and colours of the Bears Lake Carp are simply stunning !!!
That was that then, A dry net for ( Matt ) but seeing my old mucker ( Nick ) bank Two fine specimens was a treat Indeed good angling young man you deserve It !!!
Roll on the next session, Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed It
Tight Lines and Happy Angling
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