Matt Eaton's Mainline Blog– Oct 2011
Matt gives us the low-down on his autumn carping!
The fishing on Dinton hasn’t slowed up at all through the autumn. My last August session was in classic carp fishing conditions. Warm South Westerlies, cloud laden skies and a bit of drizzle. All the angling pressure was on the end of the wind but I hadn’t seen much carp activity in the area. As I was enjoying a cup of coffee with a mate, Lee, deciding whether or not to mix it with everyone else at the busy end of the lake, I saw a good carp show in the central section of the venue. Another one showed soon after followed by two more and that was enough for me. I scalded my throat as I threw the coffee down my neck and barrowed my kit to the area that I had seen the activity in.
It was difficult to know exactly which swim they were in due to the tree lined banks but it looked as though I’d judged it right when a small mirror stuck its head out in the first swim I walked into. Another showed to the right and then what looked like The Twin, the one I want to catch the most, rolled around 20yds out. It took me three or four casts to get some sort of drop on both rods and although I wasn’t entirely happy with the presentation it would do for now as I didn’t want to create disturbance during bite time.
Although I was expecting a quick chance, due to the number of carp present, nothing happened so I sorted the rods out properly during the evening. I found a couple of spots fairly close in where I could get a lead to hit bottom in the thick weed and scattered 100 Cell boilies around each spot. The following lunchtime I had to call for the boat as a fish had weeded me up on the right-hand rod and with the use of the boat a 31lb fully scaled beauty was in the net. A similar occurrence on the left-hand rod on the following day saw me holding up a stunning, mid 20, zip linear.
I missed the next week due to work and having to get the car through its MOT and then suffered a two-night blank. I just don’t think I was on the fish but couldn’t find anything to move on. I even reeled in at three in the afternoon and walked the lake until three in the morning all to no avail. I did see a couple of fish but one of those was close to where I was so I stayed put.
I was back in the groove next time out fishing the middle area of the lake. I’d found a few fish in the same swim that I’d caught a fish called Harvey’s from and set up there but, after watching them for two days, I realised it wasn’t going to happen. They were showing over my left-hand rod and one of them was a recognisable orange colour and was responsible for the majority of the shows. I think there were probably only three individual fish present and although they were feeding I felt the chances of a pick up were slim.
A few swims further up the lake I saw a couple of stockies show along with a mid 30 Common. I moved all the kit up there and soon had one rod sorted. The other rod was proving troublesome. I’d got it fishing ok but I started seeing fish around ten yards out during the night so needed to re-do it. As I was thrashing to get a drop close to the thick marginal weed I received what appeared to be a bream bite on the other rod. I picked the rod up and felt a thump but it was all solid in the weed and there was no moving it. At first light I took to the boat with another angler and eventually landed a Mirror of 29lb 2oz.
The next trip saw a return to the Southerlies but all the anglers were on the back of it as the last few captures had been in the car park bay. Not much had been seen at the far end for a couple of weeks so, despite not seeing evidence of carp anywhere, I decided to get away from the pressure to where I was sure the fish would turn up. Over a couple of kilos of bait I managed a 29lb 2oz Common followed by a 28lb 4oz Common the following week, in similar circumstances.
I’ve had a week off, on holiday and missed out due to a dose of the flu and the number of bites that are occurring on the lake is dropping along with the temperatures but I’m going back tomorrow for a three nighter. I need to make the most of the available time before it shuts up completely for the winter.