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Fishing the Brook is hard, however according to members who had been on for a few years this year because of Covid and the lack of weed it seemed worse, more people fishing the lake, more swimmers, more general activity on the bank were some of the additional challenges we faced this year.
You need to stop chasing them around the lake was the advice I had received from a good friend and fellow member.... the challenge was where to start - 30 acres of water, angling pressure in the opening months had been constant, where could I set my traps?
More sessions followed where I was looking for spots.... then one morning following an overnight session I saw what I needed, 1 show 2 shows small shows that if I wasn’t looking I would have missed. At this point I should say that the Brook carp don’t make huge displays.... just a head out of the water here a back there, eyes on the water is a must for fish location.
Spot noted I decided to explore just before I left the lake.... what I found spurred me on the perfect place to lay my traps.
Wraps and horizon marker noted I fed a couple of spombs before I left - the plan was starting to come together.
My next session I was unable to get in the swim I needed so I dropped into another swim that my good mate had been fishing for while, rods in position time to sit back and watch the water for signs. Just before dark I saw something that got me rather excited, a fish showed again on the same spot from my last session, confidence in the spot began to grow and a decision to start baiting more heavily was made.
Early next morning i was rudely awoken .... this is IT! My first brook carp!! Unfortunately 5 minutes later another tench lay on my unhooking mat....
Still bite time and still 1 rod on the spot, conditions looking good, 30 minutes later a harder take bobbin hitting the blank, spool ticking slowly giving line.... I’ve done it this time.....
My tally from 22 nights on the brook now stands at 3 tench, 3 tench!! The place is enough to drive you crazy sometimes, spots good, rigs are good, bait I have caught on from many other venues... and yet the Brook carp are still proving be elusive!
Before I left swing round to the other swim to add some more bait, another 10 spombs of crumb and particle just a handful of whole or chopped boilies. Those that know the brook know that there are a ‘few’ coots around and they love a boilie, the crumb and particle approach would (hopefully) ensure there was bait there for when the fish returned.
Next session saw my target swim already taken again, but so I dropped into the swim that I had the 2 tench from the last session, leaving my baited spot a little longer before putting a line on it to build the feeding confidence of the carp (that was the plan anyway!)
2 Rigs on the spot time to sit back and wait. The night started off just before dark with the angler on the opposite bank (closer to my baited spot) landing a member of the A team - it was someone that had really put the effort in and was a great capture for him. For me it was fish in the area (and close to my baited spot).
Before long the sun began to rise and my thoughts started to turn towards heading home to start work.. ‘another coffee first’ I thought and this was the best decision I made! Sipping my coffee a couple of beeps then a 1 toner as the bobbin hits the blank line spilling from the spool! This has to be a carp! Legs shaking playing it carefully I slide the net under the most welcome sight..... my first Brook carp!
Finally after 23 sessions I’m finally off the mark and I’m full of confidence again.
Back again 2 days later and I decide to jump in my baited swim. 2 rigs on the baited spot and 1 cast with a PVA 2 boilie stick. Rods sorted and time to settle in for the evening carefully watching the water. My mate was fishing the opposite bank and during the evening we would stay in touch via phone, during one of these calls I had 2 beeps... i stand up and approach the rods to look at the tip as I get close another 1 toner and the line is rushing from the spool..... I drop the phone (still connected and on speaker ‘yeah boi’ fish on!
After a spirited fight a fish is in the net! My mate had come round and assisted with the netting.. I look in the net and start running around like a headless chicken! An A team member! My 2nd carp from the brook!
My first UK 30, my first A team member and one of the oldest fish in the lake!
Photos done and fish returned rod back out on the shallow spot shaking I sit and take in the capture.
Finally I get into bed and try to sleep in my excited state (not an easy task!)
5am.. beep beep beeeeeeep! Jump out of bed and lift in to another fish... dawn is just starting to break as I slide the net under another Brook carp!
Put it in the sling and start getting the camera equipment ready - a call to my mate “you need to to do some more photos....” I can’t share his response but he was soon back on his way around to assist with the photos.
A nice looking common this time, my 3rd Brook carp in 2 sessions, my second UK 30 and my 2nd A team member! this one from my baited spot the year is starting to look up and I can’t wait to get back
To be continued...￼￼