One summer I caught about ten fish in this area, using either a cut down half boilie or a small piece of broken Brazil nut, on size 4 Continental Mugga hook fished under a small 8 inch crystal waggler float lightly held in place with a cut down piece of lead clip tail rubber and fished slightly over depth with a single AAA shot on the line that was just enough to cock the float. After a blank night on the Big Lake, a walk was needed, and as often was the case I found myself in the reedy corner of the Little Lake looking for an opportunity. The wait wasn’t long, as it was clear that numbers of fish were around the reeds and already feeding! It’s surprising how quickly you can move when you need to.
I always like to carry a 10-foot rod with me, which is in fact a short-handled pike fishing boat rod that is perfect for stalking. I crept into position, trying really hard not to crunch on the gravel bottom. My hook baited with a Brazil and the float set about 3 1/2 feet in 3 feet of water, so all that was needed was a gentle flick to get the bait beyond the still coloured water and have the brazil among what appeared to be several feeding fish. Within seconds the float dipped twice and then slowly slid away in what looked like a classic Tench bite! The massive eruption that followed, with four or five fish bow waving away in all directions, was clearly not what Tench are capable of! With my net in hand, I charged out past the reeds into open water, following a very angry carp that was trying to put some distance between us. The next few minutes were spent trying to get the fish under control and within netting distance, but somehow she managed to find the only snag in the swim, which was a small submerged branch with just the tip protruding above the surface, then proceeded to swim round it twice and get stuck. Putting on maximum pressure and wading out to my maximum depth, the branch thankfully broke away and I was able to scoop her up and bundle her into the net. Another angler kindly came around to help with the pics and the Little Two Tone pulled the scales round to 47lb 10oz – and was certainly one of my most memorable Welly captures!