It's Friday 29th May 2015 and myself ( Matt ) and good friend and angling companion ( Marc ) are hitting the road once again on another angling adventure we are heading to the Cotswolds and Home Pool
Were not heading to France this year and with ( Marc ) celebrating his birthday this week the decision was made back In March to book Home Pool up on an exclusive basis for our annual get away and as an added treat for ( Marc's ) birthday
Home Pool this famous little lake used to be home to a very famous Carp and one which was a household name with Carp anglers that Carp Is of course called Blackeye, Anglers from all over the country have tried to out wit this fish many have succeeded and many have failed the most recent of anglers to of been lucky to capture this amazing creature was Terry Hearn before It sadly died In 2013
TERRY HEARN AND BLACKEYE
Right then on with the session we planned to leave our homes here In the Midlands around 10.00 am and had arranged to meet owner David Ayres at Midday but we did not get away roughly until 10.40 am due to a severe weather front and torrential rain, We loaded up the van and sat patiently until It finally passed us by then we were both on our way
The Journey It has to be said was a very pleasant one and we arrived at Chad Lakes around 12.10 pm were David was ready and waiting for our arrival, David gave us the full SP of the fishery which being honest with you did not take long to address then he left us both to explore this wonderful little lake
We were In no rush to get started and we spent a lot of the afternoon dodging plenty of heavy showers, We had an Idea location would not be that hard to achieve with the venue being very small and we were right on our first lap of the lake we spotted a group of fish
By late afternoon we had both decided on Two swims to kick off our session ( Marc ) would begin In the Shed swim and me ( Matt ) I began a little further up the bank In Bamboo
One thing David did point out regards the Shed swim was the distinctive gravel bar that ran through It, With the early evening sunshine beaming through the tree line spotting the bar was easy and ( Marc ) placed on It a naked chod rig followed by a small amount of free offerings
What happened next was Incredible I ( Matt ) hadn't even got a rod In the water yet as I was In the Shed tying up fresh rigs for the session ahead when suddenly I heard Just a few bleeps and then a full blooded take ( Marc ) was In
Within seconds the fish was on the surface and almost ready for netting, I was on hand to assist with the netting In a flash what appeared In the crystal clear water looked massive and then It happened the fish took a large gulp of air and It was In the bag '' WOW ''
I looked at ( Marc ) he looked at me we were both speechless, On the second Inspection It was clear to see what ( Marc ) had gone and caught which was Home Pools Two tone Mirror
HOME POOLS TWO TONE MIRROR
Their was not a mark or a blemish on this fish It was simply stunning, After popping It on the scales Three times and taking away the weight of the sling we settled on a weight of 35lb 10oz which Is now a new UK PB for ( Marc )
We popped her In the margins and got straight on the phone to David for him to come and take a look also
MARC TELLING DAVID THE GOOD NEWS
Here's the other side of this wonderful creature
I'm delighted for ( Marc ) good angling mate !
THE OTHER SIDE OF TWO TONE
After finally getting all our rods out and ( Marc ) composing himself after all the early excitement we enjoyed an evening meal and retired for the evening
As soon as first light broke we were both up early and water watching after experiencing a very quiet night
We took a good look through the catch reports from years gone by on Friday evening and an early morning bite can be common so all Three rods were left In place until at least 10.00 am
By midday the sun was out and signs of Carp more so In front of me ( Matt ) than ( Marc ) could be seen this one pictured below was spotted more than once In various areas of the lake during the session
Fishing chod rigs like ( Marc ) the decision was made early afternoon to replace one with a zig, With so many Carp moving around In the area In front of me I'd be a fool not to stick one out In the hope that one slips up on this tactic?
To complement the zig I'd be using the riser pellet from Nash keeping plenty going In little but often
I ( Matt ) worked very hard that afternoon trying my best to get something going on the riser pellet but my efforts fell short these Carp In front of me were simply not Interested
I took a break late afternoon and enjoyed a snack and some coffee whilst listening to the FA cup final on the radio, My thoughts returned after the football back to the session ahead and I returned back to the chod rig on all Three rods
Fishing Two rods over my ( CM2 ) bottom baits and complementary pop ups and the Third rod of a mixture of ( 4G Squid ) and ( Key ) bottom baits presenting a ( Key ) fluro pop up over the top
4G SQUID AND THE KEY
Rods back out and myself and ( Marc ) enjoyed our evening on this stunning little lake, Around tea time
( Marc ) spotted large numbers of Carp to his right In the shallow / out of bounds area of the lake which was also heavily weeded up
These Carp were present In this area right up until darkness and were still there when we awoke Sunday morning, They were pairing up and to me ( Matt ) had the classic signs of pre spawning? David popped In on us later Sunday morning and his thoughts were the same as mine '' I think they are consuming energy '' he said? Spawning Is tireless work?
Their they stayed for the duration of our stay I'm pretty sure If this weather changes and the temperature Increases? They will go on to spawn!
Before we departed their was only one thing left to do, That was for ( Marc ) to add his name and catch report to the famous book of catch reports which lives In the shed
THE BOOK OF FAME
A session ( Marc ) will never forget I'm sure, For me ( Matt ) I knew It was never going to be easy It's a small lake but these Home Pool Carp are no push over
I'm delighted for ( Marc ) and I'm so happy I was able to see such a stunning and historical Carp on the bank
Until the next blog thanks for reading Tight Lines and Happy Angling