I’ve had another couple of trips to the Valley since that Carp pulled my string. The first was an attempted repeat of that initial success, fishing the same swim with the same methods on a cold, breezy evening. The day had been warm and bright but by the time I got to the water in the evening it had changed completely, taking me by surprise. The water was so choppy I could hardly see my float and most of the time I had no idea what was going on with it. The boilie rods didn’t move either; I blanked and to misquote Fred J, was glad when I’d had enough.
A week later and the weather had been hot for a few days, I decided to take to the water and launched a punt. The lake was gin clear beneath me, with new weed growing quickly I rowed slowly along the lake, noting clearer areas and looking for fish. Through the polaroids I could see dense clouds of silver fish and tell tale splashes in the reeds told the tale, these fish were starting to spawn. Pike were also in attendance, smashing into the spawning Rudd and Roach from time to time. There was a spot I fancied and without anything better to go on I tied up and began fishing. A pop up boilie was swung across to an overhanging tree and baited with a few pouches full of pellets. On a second rod I float fished corn over some Expo close to the punt. Float fishing for Tench from a punt, does fishing get more idyllic? Well yes, actually catching one would be a massive improvement! I’d not long started when two good sized Carp cruised by then vanished into deeper water. This gave me a bit of confidence but I didn’t see them again. Despite the spawning going on around me I caught Rudd and the occasional Roach steadily, so much so I considered switching to a fake bait to slow things down. Instead chucking the rig up a tree brought things to a full stop.
The weekend came around again and with an afternoon free I drove into the Valley again. I wanted to get out in a punt once more; with a bit more time surely I could find some fish? The weather intervened with light rain, turning to steady rain, becoming heavy rain and I spent the time huddled under the oval, staring at motionless indicators. My rods were sat on a pod which in theory should be straight and kind of symmetrical but never is. Every now and then the rain would ease and I’d wind a boilie rod in and chuck out the float rod. Rudd of all sizes were hammering the sweetcorn which rarely made it anywhere near the lake bed and I soon got bored with catching them. Today I didn’t know if I was within a mile of any Tench or Carp.
After a flying start my warm weather fishing has settled into fruitless normality. Searching for a handful of Tench and Carp in twenty odd acres of weed and snags is just the kind of daft fishing challenge I like. To be successful I either have to have everything in my favour so I can locate some fish in a place I can reasonably fish for them; or I have to be incredibly lucky. Or both.