Take this weekend for instance; a good friend, Oxfordshire carp breeding legend Ross Jelfs and I set out for a day session on the amazing Frimley complex on the Surrey / Hampshire border. We arrived around 11AM and after a walk round Pit 2 we set up in the middle of the lake, just where we had seen a few fish fizzing around the weed beds. It seemed to be the best area to start as there weren’t any other signs around the lake but before we setup we walked the lake, baiting likely places to stalk later in the day. The spots that we chose where only feet from the bank, next to features like lilies and holes in the weed beds. We primed them with pellet corn and crushed boilies. As the lake is intimate this only took a few minutes, and we were soon ready to set about putting our rods in position in the main swims that we had chosen.
We elected to bait lightly, as we could see the fish where already present and feeding in the swim, fishing with solid PVA bags to present our rigs in the silty gullies between the weed beds. But after a few hours it was clear the fish where not interested in what we had to offer. We suspected that they were harvesting what was left of the natural food larders, before it started to be hard to come by, so we decided to take a look around on the spots we had baited earlier in the day. Straight away it was obvious they had been visiting a couple of areas, as the bait was gone. We re-baited them again and hurriedly scampered off to retrieve our stalking set ups.