For the rest of Jan and Feb I managed a couple of other small ones from a couple of different venues but all the while I was thinking of the coming months I was planning to spend back on the big pond. During where mid-March, a lovely low-pressure front was forecast, with temperatures hitting mid-teens and 50mph South/South Westerly winds. I couldn’t resist getting back and getting myself on the end of the wind before it was due to turn up.
The follow morning after getting the rods out, the wind started to howl and the trees were bent double. I watched intently for any signs of fish and saw one definite carp and one possible show very close to the rods. As the wind was so strong, I had to leave the rods that I had put out in the dark the evening before, and I had faith that they would be ok!
It had been dark around two hours and the wind was just starting to ease, when the right-hand rod was away. I quickly gained control and was locked into a very angry carp. After a great fight I soon slipped the net under a lovely yellow 33lb 10oz mirror. What a way to start on the big pond! I was buzzing!