Another week and another session In Burton - On - Trent and Bears Lake the poor weather was still lingering over the country but myself and ( Nick ) were lucky enough on arrival to get a brief rest bite from the rain and enough time to pop up the bivvy's and get the rods out
We both Jumped In the same swims from the previous session having kept our bait going In over the past Three to Four Weeks In vast Qty’s and on the same spots so It made perfect sense!
All settled and watching the water by around 8.00pm the next Job was to pull out the menu and order the Chinese (Tea time treat)
Food arrived and not long after we’d both tucked In a quick retreat to the Bivvy was needed you guessed It party pooper mother nature was letting loose again and more rain
The first evening of the session was spent mainly listening to Carp crash and continual liners on all Three rods they were showing like Dolphins and all over us Like a rash time went by thinking any minute now and I’ll be In for a ripper proper edge of the bed chair stuff but sadly and puzzling how It seemed nothing developed and the night ended In a blank
Thursday morning and myself and ( Nick ) began the first conversation of the day with what happened last night ? And I’d of thought One of us would of got a take! With out further a do the sound of a delkim was bellowing out that distinctive tone not mine but ( Nick’s ) fish on
Not the Intended quarry but very welcome all the same!
A quick blog entry for the You Tube video and a few stills and wait for It another delkim singing proudly
( Nick ) was In again I ( Matt ) looked after the tinker whilst ( Nick ) bent Into which this time was a Carp this should of happened last night better late than never!
Tench returned safely then landing net In hand Just In time to net the first Carp of the session another falling victim to the ( Hot Fish ) , Another blog entry completed then In the sling pulling the avon scales around to a healthy 25lb 8oz’s ( Nick’s ) biggest Bears Lake capture so far top angling buddy!
A CARP AT LAST
Kettle’s on to celebrate the occasion Coffee cup and Carp
The rain was Increasing In more volume through out the afternoon persistent and very heavy at times bivvy bound again boring, boring, boring, We both wound the rods In to rest our spots ( Nick ) went over the other side of the lake to pay fishery manager ( Paul ) a visit and I decided to catch a few more Zzzzzzzzzzzzz’s and It didn’t take long listening to the rain drops pelting the roof of my titan brolly
So evening was upon us once more, And being honest I ( Matt ) did consider a tactical change and the solid bag approach? But after long consideration I decided to continue using the same approach fishing Two rods on my ever faithful ( snowman ) presentations and my left hander on a Withy rig
( Fizz ) 16mm washed out pop up and a 12mm Pink tipper
WITHY POOL RIG
I still Intended Including the ( Hot Fish ) over the ( Withy rig ) so with the use of a throwing stick and catapult I Introduced a good helping of ( 16mm ) boilies, dumbells and chops on to the spot
Doing the same for the other Two rods the traps were set and the wait began again we retreated to the bivvy’s around 11.00pm what a contrast from the previous evening the lake was like a mill pond nil wind and all was quiet
I lay on the bedchair listening out for potential water pigs but that did not last long and I was soon off to the land of nod once again
I awoke around 2.00am? And took a glance at my rods to see motionless bobbins I did feel a tad negative and despondent a few more hours and It would be daylight confidence was low indeed
I drifted off to sleep again for what I reckon was 30 / 40 minutes? Then out of the Blue without warning the receiver lit up like a Christmas tree due to the main road behind my swim the volume was set on number Six the tone was pitched to say the least fish on
I scrambled out of my bag and slipped Into my Crocs the rod was Piverting on top of the delkim a firm strike and the connection was made at last
I gave ( Nick ) a quick shout and he was soon on hand with the net a real plodder Is the only way of describing the encounter head up a big gulp of air and she was In the bag R E S U L T !!!
It was clearly a decent fish and easily a mid Twenty on Inspection me and ( Nick ) thought the capture was a fish known as the ( scar Mirror ) but we found out later In the morning It was not according to fishery manager ( Paul ) but certainly a fish I’ve seen before and I’m sure a fish I managed to capture on film a few weeks ago
On the scales It went 25lb we weighed the fish Three times to be totally assured, A proper old warrior my Third capture from Bears and my biggest capture to date If It wasn’t the ( scar Mirror )? It Is now the ( Baby scar ) In which me and ( Nick ) both agreed to call It
What a fabulous end to a great session, Both of us nailing Two fish of 25lb a piece
Until the next blog
Tight Lines and Happy Angling
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