Estate Lake Carping
After the fantastic session I had last week on this mysterious Cheshire lake in which I caught over 14 Bream I thought I would return again and try to target the carp as I know that the lake is stocked with many beautiful scaley, linear and perfect looking fish.
I arrived bright and early Wednesday morning with the lake all to myself and so
quite that you could literally hear a pin drop so decided to go for the end peg on the lake.
By 8am my my rods were out and spots all baited up.
Now this lake is very mysterious and is part of an old estate which is surrounded by many stories of ghostly goings on and with a history going back over 400 years and stories of people who have lost their lives in tragic circumstances, so you never quite feel as though you’re alone and always looking over your shoulder.
Trying to focus on the fish and put the spooky stuff to the back of my mind by 10am my bivvy was up and I was all set up for my 48 hour session.
At 11am I got two bleeps on my right hand rod with a heavy drop back and I was playing my first fish of the session… yes I was so excited.
Once in the net I took a glimpse at him and saw a fin perfect stunning dark stocky and quite possibly one of the prettiest fish I had ever caught.
I was over the moon with this little fella and excited to see what the rest of the session would bring.
My stocky safely returned and rod back out I sat back in to the afternoon with a warm cup of tea in hand listening to the many sounds around me of the local wildlife.
Around 4pm I got another screaming run on my right hand rod and I was in to my 2nd fish of the session and again this was another absolutely stunning perfect dark linear.
Again I was over the moon to had caught another of the lakes true beauties.
As I sat back to make some tea for the evening I became very hopeful for something a little bigger.
The rest of the evening sadly didn’t prove any more fish for me and apart from the sounds of the owls and bats the lake itself was very quiet and calm.
I settled for the night and as usual stayed optimistic and before I knew it I was woken up bright and early first thing as I had a screaming run again on my right hand rod and I was playing my 3rd and what felt like a much bigger fish.
I was very excited and a little nervous at the same time as I was fishing on a very tight line so really didn’t want to lose what could possibly be the biggest fish of my session.
After a few minutes fight I slipped the net under a chunky and stunning common.
He seemed a lot bigger and on the scales went for a lovely 24lb 7oz.
Wow this was my new UK PB common and what an absolutely perfect fish he was.
The biggest common I had caught in the U.K. prior to this was well over two years a go when I first started fishing and only went for 20lb on the scales so I was so chuffed with this one.
Pictures taken off he went and I was on the biggest high from landing this fish.
Even if there would be no more sign of any carp for the rest of the session I knew the session had turned out to be an absolutely fantastic one with my two stockies and my new U.K. Pb common.
This lake not only holds some stunning fish but with the setting, scenery and history it carries it definitely has to be one of my new favourite venues and a place that I will be returning to time and time again in search of some bigger and beautiful carp.
I’m back at home now but already itching to get back out on the bank even if it’s just for the day hopefully very soon so stay tuned🎣🎣🎣😘😘💖💖