To be honest the period from mid 2016 to late 2017 wasn’t the best for me. We all suffer from time to time and I just didn’t get things right but in doing so I learnt. Sometimes learning the hard way is the best way and after my short flirt with Engy last year I started planning this year’s assault. Even whilst fishing through the winter on Frimley my head wasn’t in it, it was on Engy and I was thinking and plotting and even started walking it during the winter.
I don’t know if I’m a bit strange but I like to start looking at a serious target lake once it’s either frozen or the water temps hit rock bottom. To me this is when a lake resets itself so it’s also my starting point.
Once I start walking a lake I’ll walk it so many times in different weathers and at different times of the day that I lose count. I’m not one that likes to count nights fished as I consider everything part of a campaign right down to ordering new rods which was another thing I did.
As we all know we had a crap start to the Spring and my expectations of finding them in the edge wasn’t to come as early as I’d expected, so I just kept walking it until such a time arrived. During my many walks I saw a few fish show at ranges where cheating with boats would have to be involved but from my experience of big pits I believe the secret is to bait them to you and make it easier for yourself. Going on Billy’s past results and other info this was possible and going to be my attack.
Luckily Billy is a good mate and showed me his exact spots. One evening in mid March whilst stood with Billy in The Little Reeds (where he’d caught Baby Black the second time) I saw a tench roll over the spot. This started to excite me as both Stewart and Billy had previously said that was the key to drawing the carp in. I think Billy had caught something like 25 tench before his first carp bite both Springs, so this was the start to me. All I needed to do was become consistent with my looking and baiting until I saw the carp at close quarters.