I looked out of the window, rain lashing down with thunder and lightning, did I really want to go fishing in this? A few minutes later the storm had passed over and the sun was out once more. I arrived at the Marsh and was immediately disappointed to find it was busy, in fact I nearly kept driving but no. I got out of the motor and had a look around, the swim I’d had the Tench from last time out was taken as was my second choice however another favourite was free. I had a quick word with the carper next door, he seemed OK, friendly enough but it was quite obvious he wasn’t the chatty type. That suited me down to the ground. Mind made up I lugged my gear into the free swim and began tackling up.
Normally I’d get the rods out before anything else but with threatening clouds passing away to the east I decided to put the bivvy up and make sure everything stayed dry first. The rods soon followed; a chod rig and pop up maize cast about 30 yards to an emerging lily bed and a balanced boilie was cast along the margin to my left. This rod was baited with a dozen free boilies and three big balls of groundbait while the other had five big pouches of maize spread over it. I was a little self-conscious as it seemed every move I made was being scrutinised by two chatting carpers on the northern bank. Unseen by them was a large bow wave just off the pads, that had to be a Carp? I felt confident I was in with a chance of a fish tonight. I whiled away the daylight hours with a float rod and maggots and as usual caught a stream of silver fish; starting off with two nice Roach of about 8ozs, after that the fish got steadily smaller.