Choose life. Choose a lake. Choose a swim. Choose a bait. Choose a rig. Choose sleepless nights under the stars. Choose the nocturnal music of branches creaking in the wind, leaves whispering, and the eerie night-calls of owls and wildfowl. Choose bright moons shattered in the rippling surface of lakes, and purple skies at sunset perfectly mirrored. Choose silent mist-shrouded pools at dawn. Choose visions of white-flowering waterlilies turning green-gold in the half-light. Choose the flashing bronze flanks of carp, twisting below the surface, on the edge of visibility. Choose a heightened heart-rate. Choose an emotional rollercoaster. Choose the psychological assault-course of planning, watching, locating, preparing, casting and waiting. Choose the endless hours of strung-out anticipation. Choose the rush of striking, hooking, fighting, and landing (or losing) the fish. Choose to walk the tightrope between desperate failure and the adrenaline-inducing, life-enhancing triumphant high of success. Choose life. Choose obsession. Choose Carp Fishing.
"Greg Freestone, Carpspotting 2011"

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Fishing on a budget

After my trip to Spain it was nice to get back down to the lake I love and missed and with the season coming to a end and a few guys leaving a social was needed.

After a heavy night on the beers and jd's and dribbling over sexy ladies it was off back to the lake to try and catch some stunners. Knew it wasn't going to be easy as my freezer was empty and no bait to be found so all I had for ammo was some 10mm + 15mm pop ups.

I was already one night down as I didn't get to the lake until Saturday lunch time and with the worse hang over ever it felt like a life time carting my gear round and getting set up, but after a few beers I was forced to drink I felt like a new man and the rods didn't take long to get set up and I was on the hunt.

stacks of fish boshing all over the small lake and with only one person fishing it I had to be mad not to get a line in the water
So I set up a zig rig around 13ft using the new Nash 10lb NXT Zig Flo line and my choice of hook was a size 8 fang uni .. I armed it up with two 10mm white choc pop ups  (yellow/pink)
Out they went in around 16ft of water and with the carp going mad all over the lake it was only a matter of time before it ripped off

Few beers later this little stunner was on the bank

Happy days few more beers was needed and the BBQ was fired up
Few laughs and that with a few members as the sun was out in force and being their last weekend we made the most of it

It didn't take long before I was running down to the rods again, after spotting fish moving near to my swim I reeled in the rod from the small lake and cast out the zig to the showing fish and it only took about 20mins before I had another stunner on the bank

over the moon two fish within a few hours I just wish the sun came out more often :)
After having two on zigs I thought I would get another rod set up ready for the night as I didn't really wanna be messing around with zigs in the dark so I tied up a chod rig ( I must be a noddy as I use chods ) and loaded it up with a 15mm Nash white choc pop up.

Out it went in around 18ft of water on a nice light weed area - The trap was set.
few more beers and laughs with the guys they started to drop like flys and off to bed they went with the sun still out, luckily reggie was still at hand as within moments of everyone calling it a day the sirens were calling my name

No freebies was used in the helping to catch this fish :)

The hunt is still on  tight lines and catch stunners

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