The end of March was looming, and the lakes residents had vacated their winter solace and started to spread out. Now, I’m hoping my girlfriend shows her distinct lack of interest in my angling and doesn’t read the next part, otherwise I will probably get a hefty punch to the throat! I was due down to fish a three nighter, which coincided with the appearance of storm Katie, fronting low pressure and big winds. This could only mean one thing, big carp!
Unfortunately, my better half had a minor car accident on the way home from work in the evening, fortunately she was OK (just a little shaken up) and this put me in the predicament of either staying home and being a loving boyfriend comforting her, or get up at 4AM and go fishing with a horrendous storm due but with the chance of a chunk. It was a tough decision (no honestly it was… ish!) but I had the attitude that if she didn’t need to go to hospital she would survive a few days without me!
So, I turned up at the lake, shortly followed by a few other anglers that had a similar hunch these conditions were worth being on the bank for. With all the excitement of the epic conditions I had unfortunately forgotten to pack any waterproofs, whilst unloading the gear in the car park Ronnie had kindly offered me a rain jacket on one proviso. This condition was that if I catch a 50lber I had to have a picture with the fish whilst wearing the jacket. With the rain lashing down I didn’t hesitate in taking him up on his kind offer, and he certainly disappoint when he whipped out a flash jacket (high-viz), a deal was a deal and I didn’t want a soaking at the start of the session!
Lewis had been in the Bush Swim and had caught a fish that night, so I opted for that swim knowing there was a chance of another bite. I had to fish shorter, due to the power of the wind, for both casting and baiting up purposes. Fortunately, my mainline was the robust (and my absolute faaaave!) GT80+ which is strong enough to be brutalised through snags, but also capable of reaching the horizon should the strong winds ease, and I had to blast them out into the open water areas.