The lake is kind of split in two by a bar with that reed line growing on. The reed line there has a few gaps and I’ve found fishing close to them is always a good starting point. After getting everything sorted it took some time before I got my first bite after the disturbance of finding spots and baiting; this was after sunset. I was happy with the first one, after the preceding 11 nights blanking, and it turned out to be a high double. After returning this one the other rod was off, and this fish turned out a low twenty.
Unfortunately, at this time my (non Gardner) head torch gave up and as I could not recharge it. I reeled in the rods because there are a few snags in the margin where the swim ends. I didn’t feel happy about playing fish in the dark without a head torch and without a light it is tricky to play and land and play a hooked fish safely. Consequently, I had a good nights sleep, as I had that warm glow after getting two fish under my belt.
Before I went to bed I made sure that I set my alarm for 5AM, and by 20 minutes past both the two rods where back out on the spots and 5 spombs followed. I had 2 small commons and another low twenty mirror during the next few hours. By this time it was after 10AM and it seemed like bite time was over, as it took until late afternoon before I caught 2 more mirrors; one mid twenty and another low twenty. It went well but as this torch problem was still not solved I reeled in the rods again at 11. So I had another good nights sleep, and once again a wake up call at 5 to cast the rods back out.