Well, due to demand from you lovely people on my Facebook fishing account, here is the first installment of Jake’s blog for my current session. I plan to fish for a week and by some freak chance I have managed to sneak back into the swim where my March clients had great success. The lake is absolutely rammed at the moment, as the lake has been closed for a month, and today is the first day after the closure. I am pretty sure that a few of the anglers who are set up, did not just arrive this morning, but instead, probably began their sessions at the weekend? Hey-ho! There will always be a few souls who think breaking the rules is okay, but only for them because they are special…
As my title suggests, I have quit the ciggies - once again. It is all going well and I have not smoked one for thirteen days. I also haven’t had an alcoholic drink in that period, because I am finding the whole affair rather difficult, and a trigger like alcohol, will not aid the situation. I actually feel okay about the absence of nicotine, and already I am feeling healthier. Long may it continue (this time)!
Apart from Flash of course, I now have a new companion in my life – a 3G Kindle; a lovely present from my kind parents for my 41st birthday in April. I do like reading books whilst fishing, and now I can download a new one in seconds, right from the bank. How good is that! It is the same shape as a packet of cigarettes but my replacement therapy is far less damaging to my health (unless I read in the dark, then I may damage my eyes)!
Guiding clients all March was great fun. Hard work, but very rewarding. One thing I did notice was my burning desire to fish the swim myself, so here I am. I am fishing in the swim out of the three, that produced the most fish. I do however have one rod in a new spot, just to be different you understand. I am using the same tactics I advised my clients to use, and judging by the number of fish they caught, it certainly works. I think I may be in for a good week, but I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. I have been steadily adding bait throughout the day, using a Spomb, delivered accurately and tightly to my spots, and I am sure it won’t be too long before one of the rods rattles off; I predict one before midnight.
The rain in the last few days has had an amazing effect on the countryside. Grass has literally sprouted everywhere you look, and the flowers that should have adorned the banks in Spring, have now shot up to proudly show themselves off. The drive to get to my swim was a stark contrast to the drive in March, when the lake resembled a dusty bowl. It now looks like a different landscape altogether.
I will be back with another post tomorrow, going into more detail about my tactics, rigs, and strategy for the week. Could this be the session that produces my first Spanish 20kg+ carp. Let’s hope so!