ANDY MURRAY BLOG E05
Veteran Mainline carper, Andy Murray is back with another blog to keep you updated with his angling...
Well, where did the summer go? Suddenly, it’s getting dark early, the evenings are cooler and the mornings are chilly... Since my last blog, I have had a run of carp from different places. Up to now I have still been limiting my sessions to 24 hours, due to Sals daily Radiotherapy. So, I have been working hard to make the most of the time I have on the bank, I know it’s stating the obvious, but it’s not always something we do, is it?
One of my trips to Pit 6 in early September was such an occasion, I arrived mid-morning on the Sunday and spent a couple of hours looking round the lake. There were a few areas that I fancied and looked as though they could produce a bite or two. Stuart, one of the regulars on here, was in the process of packing up after a two day session on the Split Bank, and I had just done some pics for him of a clonking mid-thirty common. Stuart has fished here for a long time and catches a lot of carp, as well as been a long time Mainline user, his words to me were “I have used the Cell for longer than I can remember!”. I know it’s stating the obvious that’s where I should fish, but the carp looked to be moving out, I was also wary of following an angler of his caliber into a swim, nothing like doing that to incur a blank! I decided to bite the bullet and fish there. I didn’t cast out straight away though. On recent sessions I have started to leave the rods on the pod for a few hours during the afternoon-evening period while I watch the water and decide where to fish, allowing the carp to move around a bit without encountering the lines, as if everyone has packed up after the weekend session. Although Stuart had told me where he was fishing, I wanted to be sure. I prepared my Essential Cell by chopping them up and giving them a good coating of Stick Mix Liquid and Cell Smart Liquid. I am now only fishing boilies as well, as opposed to the particle style mix I had been using most of the year.
I wrote in my last blog about my change in presentation, moving to the Combi-Rig, I am using this on all rods now along with a special Barrel Wafter hookbait that seems to suit it. I also am trying to work at identifying the exact spot to fish, by that I mean down to the exact foot! I then put several Spod loads of chops over the area but not concentrated tightly, more spread out that I would normally do. I then fanned the three rods in a line going from the centre of the baited area out to the left on the edge of that area, each one only two yards apart. It was quiet that night, although the middle rod had the occasional blip. Bite time on here is usually up to 10:30, if numbers of carp are about then it can extend a bit. At 10:20am the left-hand rod registered a slow but steady take. I tightened into the carp and it came straight up to the surface, it came in easily to start with and started to kite to my right and found an overhanging branch, where it got caught up a bit, luckily for me another angler stripped off and waded/swam along the branch and managed to untangle it, the carp came in easily after that and looked to be a mid-twenty mirror. Excellent! However, while I was in the water netting the carp, the right-hand rod went into meltdown! I told the other angler watching to hit it, which he did, and it came off! Ho hum…It was a shame that I had to leave as I had to be home by lunch to take Sal for her Radiotherapy that afternoon, still two runs at once on this difficult pit on a one nighter, I’ll take that… Strange though, the middle rod didn’t go, that was the rod I had the occasional bleep on, was it just too far over, or were the carp getting it away with it?
Two weeks later I joined Clint at Trent View Fishery for a night, we had been planning to go back there since our trip in June. He had booked the Cabin Swim as he had brought his wife for a few days on the bank. I arrived for the final night, and to be fair, there weren’t many carp coming out. It’s funny isn’t it, I was sure I was going to catch, even though Clint hadn’t had anything. I put three rods out, one at ten yards along the base of the marginal shelf, one at 30 yards where I had seen carp rolling along a line on my last trip, the last rod was on the other side of a bar at just over a hundred yards with a fair scattering of Essential Cell chops, glugged with Stick Mix Liquid and Smart Liquid. As it was a social, we had a curry delivered and opened a nice bottle of red, there was a strong wind coming directly in, which was quite chilly, but it was nice and cosy in the cabin, I was sleeping in the van before anyone gets any ideas! The curry was great, and I had just finished and was contemplating another glass of wine. Would you believe it? The 30-yard rod rattled off, after a short fight Clint slipped the net under a scraper-twenty, a couple of quick pics and it was returned. I recast the rod. Just before 5am the far rod gave a few blips and I hit it, the carp had moved to my left by some distance, which meant I was going to have to bring it in over Clints rods, two of which were promptly wiped out! He took it with good grace, we got a few pics and got all the rods back out for first light. We had to leave at ten and had nothing more. Again two out of three rods going off, what a result! Time to head for home.
As I am typing this up, I have started to prepare for a trip to France planned for early October, after much deliberating about having to isolate on return, we decided to go ahead with the trip. After all that’s gone on this year, I really feel the need to get away and stay out for a while. The fact that Sal has finished her treatment and is much better was a key factor in deciding to go. So hopefully in my next blog, we will be talking about our travels abroad and maybe one or two French lumps. Also, I will be able to reveal which tackle company I have joined…
Catch you next time.