It was not until after work on Saturday 18th that I managed to get back down, and the lake was pretty busy. I managed to get Sonic to let me set up pretty close to him, down to his right. I set up two rods and they went out on some lush spots, along with around 5kg of bait. Unfortunately, the car sized weed beds that were swirling around in the flow from the pipes had other ideas, wiping both rods out every hour or so. Needless to say, after a sleepless night I was not feeling it and a blank was on the cards.
I sat socializing and generally winding Sonic up most of Sunday, watching groups of fish drift about. I should probably mention how Johnny got the nickname Sonic. We both got our Milton tickets at the same time, and there was an abundance of hedgehogs down there during the summer. I was getting regular phone calls from Sonic moaning about hedgehogs eating the leftovers from his pan during the night and keeping him awake. So, I hatched a cunning plan; I would let the hedgehogs have some food, in the form of 11mm trout pellets as often as possible. There were not many nights when the inside of Sonic’s brolly was not baited with pellets to entice the hedgehogs in and keep poor old Jonny awake when he was not catching carp!
After watching Sonic catch a couple I wanted in on the action and had a three-day fishing weekend lined up for the following week. I pulled a few strokes at work on Thursday 24th, and managed to slide my shift back by 4 hours to finish a few hours earlier as well. By 11AM I was in the van driving to Milton! I had an idea where I needed to be, and it would be a choice between three swims. I arrived and did a lap, and after seeing a few fish I set up in the same swim Sonic had been in the weekend before. Unfortunately, it desperately needed some gardening done. Weed had gathered up in front of the swim and the first hour was spent clearing it to make the swim fishable. I had not fished the swim before so after finding some spots things were looking good. On top of that, I worked out that at a push I could get one of the three rods on the spot that had produced the two 30s I had caught recently. The rods went out perfectly and I slackened the lines off and Spombed around 3kg of boilies onto each spot.
The night was quiet, until around 8.30AM on the Friday morning when I had a bite off my right-hand rod and landed a good fish. As usual I unclipped everything, leaving the fish in the net. Wrapping the rod up and clipping on a fresh rig and hook bait the rod was back out in no time and another 2kg of bait deposited on the spot. Wayne and I were just having a brew when my left-hand rod signaled a bite. This rod was close in, only about 15 yds out on a shallow spot. The fish did not really do much and was quickly in the net. With both of my nets containing carp we sorted out the weighing and photographing the latest capture first. It was a plain mirror weighing 25lb 4oz. We then sorted the first fish and as I lifted it out Wayne told me that it was ‘Orange Spot’, one of two originals in the pond. At 29lb 8oz I was more than happy with my mornings results. We had another tea and Wayne carried on with his lap. I got the second rod wrapped up and back on the small spot, that was clearly bigger now, along with another 2kg of bait. I could not help but think that with two of the rods going I should have also caught on the rod that was on the ‘30 zone’ and I was convinced that I had been cleaned out, so I topped the spot up with another 2kg of bait.