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Rewards aren’t always instantly granted for effort, and that has been the case for me on The Brook. But sometimes it all just suddenly clicks into place.
The Brook is a historic water in Kent, home of a previous UK record in fact, and an extremely low stock in 30 acres of water. It has been fished by some of the biggest names in carp fishing over the years. I became a member in March this year - ticket due to start from 1st of April, unfortunately like my trip to Le legends of Tremblaye in France the Covid lockdown meant that I was unable to start the year in a positive way - i.e. on the bank. With no fishing the prep for the coming season continued, finding any source of information that was available. I was lucky in this regards having a good friend who had fished the lake for the last 2 years, and although the normal information gathering exercise (down the pub with a beer) was unable to take place, lots of information was shared. Every edge I could get would help me in the coming year. Another good source of information was Lee Jackson’s book, which I spent reading and re-reading each page gathering any insight I could over the lockdown period.
Flooding from early in the year at the Brook
Rolling forward to the end of May, and finally lockdown was eased - time to get started on the Brook. What would this famous old water give up for me this year?! On the Brook it isn’t unusual to blank..... In fact averages aren’t worked out by how many fish you have per session but how many sessions per fish! This year the lake looked different to the previous year, where last year huge beds of weed were everywhere to be seen, this year very little in terms of weed. Only one weed-bed was visible on the surface, the rest of the lake was bare of weed. My first night (and the 2nd night the lake was open) I followed my mate into the swim that gave access to the weed-bed (Brook carp like most carp love the weed).
Upon arrival at the lake I learnt that my mate had the first capture of the year with nothing else having been out. He advised that the fish did indeed seem to be hold up around the weed-bed - that was good enough for me to follow him into the swim!
Fishing 2 nights a week, the Brook gave me very little in the first 2 months of this season. Almost every overnight session saw me in a different swim, either due to pressure on the lake or due to ‘perfect’ conditions. I felt I was leading a nomadic existence around the Brook - nowhere to call home. Research had told me that this wasn’t unusual, and people had varying degrees of success doing so, but for me it wasn’t producing the results.
Early season 2020 from the Brook - May till July After 10 nights of blanks you start questioning yourself - Rigs? Bait? Location? Am I good enough? A good angling friend told me to whittle down a bait and catch a tench - at least it would prove that there is nothing wrong with your rigs or bait. After two more blank nights I decided to do just that - let’s get a fish on the bank at least! First fish out of the Brook a 5lb tench.
Not what I was after when joining but very welcome indeed. Surely Mr Carp will be along shortly?
To be continued...￼￼