20th-21st September 2002
By Aidan Rich.
A 24hr session
proved worthwhile for me when I recently visited
the Willinghurst Fisheries complex.
On arrival, I
set-up my rods on the specimen lake only to be told
that due to a leak on another lake, some water had
been pumped out to refill it, this left the specimen
lake over a foot shallower than normal, as I intended
fishing in the margins I decided to move to an area
where recently, the 22lb and 28lb carp have been
I wanted to fish this lake again as the first time
I did a night session, it was a full moon and two
lads in the swim next to me had a cracking time
catching 10 carp to 15lb.
I fished the
same spot as the two lads a fortnight later but
only caught one Carp to 7lb, so felt that the carp
were not in this area as it was not a full moon.
So with a full moon present I tried my luck on this
I had decided
to bait one area in front of a bush with hemp and
maze and fish a boily over the top. The other rod
would go out to the middle with a bag of pellet
and some free boilies. The fishing started very
slow with not even a single beep from either alarm.
This went on until I decided to bait up the swim
in front of my bivvy which had another reed bush.
I again used hemp and pellet, I gently placed my
boily in the swim and waited. Around 30 minutes
later the rod took off and I had my first fish of
the day at 12lb, 6 more carp were to follow with
the smallest at 6lb.
The bait I used
were Nash Baits Whisky
boilies, over the top of some Corn steep liquor
On Saturday morning, my nephew Ben Eason arrived
around 10am, we moved to a lake that I though would
be easier to catch a carp as Ben had been out 5
times and not caught anything, so I was determined
that he went home remembering his day.