8.45 p.m. Hello and welcome to a lake that I fished recently. Amidst constant diving coots, I ended the night without baits and with tangled hook-lengths.
However, I’m back with a plan. It’s not a runs water and it’s certainly a challenge, but I feel confident, and that’s a good start.
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9.00 p.m. Last time I fished here I was using small pop-up baits, and tinkering with the rigs, but this time I’m simplifying things. There’s no bottom weed, so 16mm boilies on a simple hair-rig set-up.
The coots aren’t really interested either, so that’s a big plus. The bigger baits have helped there, without a doubt. Just harder to deal with than 10mm.
Talking of birds, on my last visit, as I was loading the car in the morning I saw two little egrets fly overhead.
Like many anglers, I’m very keen on the natural world. Seen anything interesting yourself while out and about recently?
9.20 p.m. It’s been a gloomy day all round and we’re well into dusk now. It’s stopped raining and we should have a dry night. A chilly one, relatively speaking, but dry.
10.40 p.m. I’ve had a few one-bleep noises from the bite alarms, so that’s encouraging enough in itself.
I do love night fishing and people often ask me if I get scared being on my own, miles from anywhere. The answer’s no. In fact, you’re safer than being in a British town or city at night.
10.45 p.m. The rain is now quite heavy, so I checked the weather forecast again. It’s been changed from ‘dry’ to ‘heavy rain’ in the last hour.
Change it as it happens and you’ll definitely get it right! I’ve got an extended umbrella though, so not an issue for me, and the fish are wet anyway, so it doesn’t bother them.
11.30 p.m. I’m off the mark. Not the species that I came for but it shows my rig and approach is working. That’s good news.
Plus, I’m not a blanker. And the night is but young. Caught on a 16mm SBS Baits lobworm boilie.
12.15 a.m. I’m very hungry and if I was at home now, I’d be raiding the kitchen for sure. Extended fishing trips are a great way to lose weight.
12.30 a.m. A screamer on one of the rods saw me playing a big fish for five minutes. Then, what all carp anglers fear, the line went slack.
The dreaded hook-pull? Not quite, because when I reeled in, there was a scale the size of a 50p coin on the hook.
As I’d lost a foul-hooked fish – as opposed to one hooked legitimately in the mouth – it made me feel much better.
When you do this type of angling, you don’t get many bites of the cherry, and you need to take your chances when they come.
12.45 a.m. Casting out again, a barn owl flew across the lake. Nice!
5.30 a.m. Good things come to those that wait. It’s great when your plan comes together, isn’t it. Time to change the lead image as well.
7.00 a.m. That’s what you call a good night out. Off home now to continue with the rest of the day.