A fortnight later, the laptop was packed away on the Friday, and it was time to go back for another dabble. Conditions this time significantly different to the previous two sessions, so I already assumed the behaviour of the carp would match. Higher pressure, much milder with warmer bright south easterlies just putting a gentle ripple across the water. It had a real feel of spring to it, even though it was the start of March.
I arrived to find not many anglers on again which was a surprise. With the light now starting to fade away, I made my way on foot first without the barrow via Bramble Bay. Bramble is on the end of a south easterly and during periods of high pressure the carp can often retreat under the numerous snag lined canopies. Bramble (or specifically Turtle Corner in Bramble Bay) does have a favoured set which is hit hard from the sun in such conditions. As I walked up the gravel slope approaching this area, I heard a carp crash straight away and swiftly turned on the spot to hastily go and grab me loaded barrow.
I dropped into a peg called Up and Over, which gives you sole access to the best spots in Bramble. It’s in these situations having fished the lake previously and maintaining all my distances in my iPhone comes in very handy. The rods were quickly deployed with minimal fuss using 2oz leads and it was time to settle back. It was starting to get cold, but not a sniff of rain. Within 3hrs I had nailed three carp. Not big fish, but they were on me. I had to land the second one while the first was still resting in the landing net. The disturbance unsettled the area for the night and my ATTs alarms remained silent. First thing in the morning, I relocated myself further down the lake when I still had a hunch the bigger carp might be lurking.
So, in summary, three two-night sessions resulted in 13 bites and 12 carp. February into early March was incredibly kind, even if the conditions were brutal. I felt like I made the most of particularly storm ‘Eunice’ and got absolutely turned inside out for my efforts.
Now, eyes on the prize in to the Spring and early summer until my ticket expires. Come on the Willow and the Big Common, the two big carp I still desperately need.
Be lucky, Carl