After 12 weeks or so of no angling due to family illness, both my wife and mother in law were finally on the mend. Both medical procedures went ahead and both went as planned thankfully, and around mid-March I finally got the rods out. My first trip of the year was a 48 hour annual social with some friends over at RDAA’s Junction 12. Upon arriving I have to say it looked pretty bleak, and the head bailiff said nothing had been out by paying customers since the turn of the year. Hearing this only made me more determined to put a carp or two on the bank. We all did about three laps of the lake and then pulled straws for a walk off to secure our swims of choice. I came out third and opted for the shallows with my mate Shaun, while my other mates Ollie, Chris and Azza fished on the same bank but up towards the bottle neck and far end in the deeper bowl.
That night I managed a mint mid-twenty mirror and a rare but small common, so I broke the lakes duck on carp caught by paying punters and opened my 2018 account. The following morning the weather took a dramatic change and snow fell relentlessly. Ollie bless him, was ill equipped for the bad weather and did the sensible thing and left early whilst we all hung it out hoping and praying for an epic picture with a ‘snow carp’. Sadly nothing else was forthcoming and the only action was early on from my swim. Getting back to the car park and across the railway was a mission, especially when my van got stuck in a boggy area off the hard standing but that’s another story!