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I Woke up at 4am on Saturday morning to make sure I was on the gate early at Manor Farm Fisheries, as I know it gets very busy on weekends and I wanted to have my first choice of swim.
As I was unloading the car I could see that there was a lot of pressure on one side of the lake that commanded most of the water. I thought it would be best to avoid this area and opt for the smaller, shallower end of the lake as it was going to be a warm day. I decided to jump in a swim known as the Diving Board as I spotted a few showing fish as I was walking around.
The first thing I did was spread a few boilies around the swim to temporarily push the fish out of the area before I started plumbing around with the marker rod. I regularly employ this tactic as the fish are less spooked by the introduction of bait, compared to casting a 4oz lead straight on top of them. I found a smooth gravel patch straight in front of me at 10 wraps out - an excellent place to present a bait.
The rig that I chose to implement for this fishing situation was a slip D tied with a Nash pinpoint size 6 twister long shank onto a lead clip system. The hookbait that I opted for was a Nash Citruz wafter 15mm in white. I got the rods clipped up using the distance sticks and got one on the spot. I followed this up with 10 Spombs over the top, using a mix of hemp, pellet, corn, maize, and 12mm Nash Key Cray boilies
Soon after Spombing I was into my first bite of the day. The right-hand rod rattled off, and after a short but spirited fight the fish was in the net. A cracking 27lb common carp, the biggest fish that had been out of that lake for 3 months according to the bailiff, which is always nice to hear! I secured the fish in the sling before taking the pictures and decided to get the rod back on the spot as quickly as possible.
Not long after came my second bite of the session, and I managed to net a nice 10lb common. Now that I had an area I was confident in I moved both rods onto the same spot using the same rig and bait. Moving the second rod on to the spot was definitely the right choice, as I managed a total of 8 takes of which I landed 6 carp. My last 2 fish came as a surprise double take which was a tad tricky to deal with on my own, but alas I netted both!
After 14 hours, my session was at an end and it was time to make the journey back home. I loved my time fishing the Damsel lake and certainly will be returning in the future.