My other five-night session in August 2018 was also very kind to me. In the run up to this session, as was the case with many lakes across the country, the management at Welly took the sensible precautionary step to close the lake for a few weeks to give the irreplaceable gems a chance to spawn and graze stress free in the lower oxygenated warm water, without the added risk of being caught and the inevitable stress this causes. It was a very conservation minded step, which was embraced by all of the syndicate members who are naturally extremely focused on the ongoing preservation and protection of the amazing stock of carp that swim in the ‘Lake of Dreams’. However, with the lake now re-opened I exchanged a few texts and phone calls with other syndicate members and was very surprised to learn that on the Friday prior to my planned arrival there were only 5 anglers on. So, excitedly I set the alarm for 3:30AM wakeup call, so I could be first on the gate at 5am, when we’re allowed to enter the hallowed grounds.
At first light, I did a couple of quick laps to see if anything would oblige and show itself, to give me some clue as to where to start. Location is of paramount importance at Welly, so it goes without saying that having a good look is always the first step in terms of trying to catch a few of the lakes awesome carp. The constant, refreshing south westerly wind was an instant draw. In fact, it was no surprise when I heard that the wonderful A Team member ‘The Big Sutton’ had been tripped up during the night from the windward end of the lake. Instantly it felt right and I felt that I should be seriously considering this section of the 35 acre pond.
As the morning slowly trundled along to the more sensible hours of the day I found myself sat with LewLew, up the windward end, when the bobbin on his middle rod lifted and next minute I was up and doing some video footage of him landing another one of the lake’s A-team; the impressive ‘Willow’ that we weighed in at 50lb 8oz! Wonderful angling and as always it was a real treat to witness and help care for one these special carp on their visits to the bank. I just knew then, I needed to go and move my barrow from the ‘fairly consistent’ Little Lake, out into the main lake to fish for leviathans. With Lew off shortly, it was a no brainer to drop in behind him, into a swim known as ‘Grassy’. This swim provides a fantastic panoramic view of the south westerly end and offers plenty of open water to shoot at as well as the margins of one of the lakes two islands.