It’s been a long time since I hit the bank for a carp overnighter, so I was really looking forward to getting out. My chosen venue was a reservoir that I fish quite often, so knowing it well I was confident of getting a fish on the bank in session one. However, the very still and spring-like day turned quite nasty during the night. After my shelter was ripped up by the severe gusts twice, the third time it shattered and gave up the ghost for good.
I was left with no choice but to pack away. In torrential rain and strong winds, that wasn’t easy either. However, I eventually found myself in my own bed at home by 4.00am. It even started to snow during the night, but that was totally gone by the time most people began to rise for their day, totally oblivious to the fact that we had encountered a mild dumping of the white stuff during the night. Oh and by the way, I blanked!
I decided to return to the same venue for a short morning session. It was still windy, in fact it’s one of those places that’s always worse than anywhere else. A true wind-trap indeed. This time I was able to sit behind bushes, and with the wind coming from a different direction, I was fine. No carp but with a hook-pull on a tench at least I had some sort of action to get excited about. Would it be a case of ‘third-time lucky’ though?
Well, you can see how I got on not only in session three but also the fourth and final one of the week by checking out the video. As the title suggests, it was hard going this time round. I did manage to get fish on the bank though, all of them coming in the last outing. The venues by the way, referring back to the video, are on the Kinver Freeliners ticket and are Willey and Valley View. (Published April 18 2015)