John fished the swim on the Saturday night and surprisingly blanked. The water was clear enough for him to see some pellets still in the swim the next morning, so on the Sunday night I opted to bait with more groundbait and less pellets. Although I only caught one solitary 10lb 2oz bream I couldn’t wait to get back. I felt that if I carried on catching consistently a bigger one would soon make an appearance. Two more ‘10s’ and a relative skimmer of 8lb kept me up on a wonderful moonlit night. As I laid on my bed looking over the lake with the moon shining and mist rising it made me realise how lucky I am to be able to fish wonderful places, and whilst I want to catch big fish it is just as important to be fishing nice places. I’ll leave urban angling for other anglers!
I had considered leaving the swim for a few days and keep baiting up, but on the Wednesday the conditions were as close to perfect as you could wish for. Overcast, warm with a light breeze blowing straight into the swim. I rearranged my plans and arrived in plenty of time to bait up well before I thought the bream would be in the area. I added a good squirt of krill liquid and once again opted for groundbait over pellets in the hope my hook baits would stand out and be taken more readily. Within an hour of casting out I had four good tench on rubber casters and I was left hoping they’d left some bait for the bream, though in reality I knew there would be plenty left, that’s the advantage of baiting with groundbait.
At just after midnight the alarm sounded and I saw the bobbin rise slightly before dropping to the end of the chain – a good reason to use long chains when targeting bream as the vast majority of bites are drop backs. With a short chain you get a couple of bleeps and then nothing which can easily be missed if you are fast asleep. The fish kited to my right and I didn’t think it was particularly large until it came over the net. On lifting the net I knew immediately it was my biggest of the campaign and was delighted to see the scales hold at 13lb 6oz. An hour later it was followed by another good fish, a lovely two-tone bream of 12lb 11oz.
I shall continue to keep some bait going into the swim and will fish it later in the autumn but for now after a trip for catfish my thoughts will be turning to Upper Trent barbel.