As you know I recently went on a session to Elson’s at Stanwick fisheries, I arrived at the lake around 6 last Tuesday evening and after a quick walk round I decided on a swim that looked into the main body of water, there were two reasons for this. The first one being I could observe the majority of the lake from my swim and the second being it was well away from anyone else fishing the lake so less line pressure in the water. The rods were setup with the rigs and lead setups I described in my previous post, due to the time of evening that I was getting the rods out I decided to just feel the leads down and find a couple of clear spots minimising the disturbance to the swim and a handful of baits were placed over the top of each rod. I sat back and enjoyed the fairly mild evening, watching the water and taking in the pleasurable atmosphere around the lake before hitting the bag at around midnight.
At around 1.30 the next morning I received a rather stuttery take on my right hand rod and I quickly connected with my first Elson’s carp and my first fish of 2008. On the scales it went 16lb dead and the pretty little common was released back to its watery abode no worse for wear after a couple of shots with the Nikon were rattled off. The rod was rebaited and placed back out on the spot only to be picked up by a nice tench an hour later, this tench was followed by two more, one being a new PB tench of 6lb 4oz. The night provided no further action and the next morning was to be the same. During the hours of the next afternoon there was a few reasonable carp cruising the lake and a decision was made to get the adjustable zig rig setup and it was baited with a 10mm dayglow yellow pineapple pop up and was placed around 2 feet under the surface.
Although the afternoon was fairly unsettled with the wind turning round 180 degrees and coming straight back at me as predicted by metcheck when I checked Tuesday afternoon, there was still fish cruising just under surface so I persevered with the zig rig. As I was laid back on the bedchair I received an absolute screamer on my left hand rod, the zig rig! I connected with what felt like a very angry carp, the fight went on for about 15 minutes with the fish making several big runs stripping up to 25 yards of line of my spool at a time. Eventually the fish started to tire although it still had some steam left for a few last attempts at freedom, I was just hoping the size 10 wide gape was going to hold firm. Finally a nice common was drawn over the net cord and I let out a sigh of relief. I secured the net in the deep margin and walked to the next swim to get my mate Lee to come take a few shots with the camera, we got set up with the scales, sling and camera before removing my prize from the margin. As I folded the net back I could see it was a good fish, it went 23lb 6oz on the Reuben’s, Pukka a new PB common. Chuffed to bits with the new PB, Lee snapped away with the camera and got some cracking photos, cheers mate. After releasing the fish back I couldn’t help but get a little excited as I sat back to look at the photos.
The next 36 hours produced no further action despite having fish all over me like a cheap suit I couldn’t get another take, but neither did anyone else on the lake. I think the change in wind direction bringing a cold wind and a drop in temperature put the fish off the feed although they continued to show themselves on a regular basis around my swim. I tried everything the induce a take but even singles cast at showing fish and baits placed on spots where fish were regularly showing themselves weren’t producing anything. I received a rather funny take on Friday morning which I connected with, I suspected it to be another good tench but I’ll never know as it came off about a minute later.
During the rest of Friday there were still a few fish topping near my spots and I was tempted to stay for another night but I decided against it as the temperature was still dropping and Id already spent nearly two days watching fish top near my spots without a take.
All in all I really enjoyed my first session on Elson’s especially as it produced a couple of good fish for me, I will definitely be returning hopefully to bag myself a few of Elson’s larger more historic residents. I’m off back to Winchester to continue my course at Sparsholt soon but will be planning a few more sessions on Elson’s in the near future.