I had met some great guys and had a lot of laughs during my couple of years there, typical and reminiscent of the Yateley scene, but a mental picture of those Dinton fish was just etched on my mind. A mesmerising stock, consisting of some 200 of England’s finest carp in a 24 acre lake and this was, for me, the reason I had to go there – if only just to dream of landing one of the many jewels residing in its water.
I was also very well prepared as to what to expect in my first year, and I think for years to come for that matter, as the lake has seen some of the best anglers in the country get well and truly ‘beaten up’…White Swan seems to have its own set of rules when it comes to the fishes habits!
I knew I would probably be largely taking on the challenge by myself, although one of my friends from the CP, Ernie, would be doing some time there in his first year, but he also had a Road Lake ticket, so his time would naturally be split between the two venues. This didn’t really bother me, as I knew my spring and summer fishing would be limited time wise as I had loads of work going on my house, with builders turning it almost upside down. Consequently I treated the time I did have over there more as a learning curve, and I just wanted to absorb as much information as I could whilst trying to do ‘my thing’.