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  1. Into the Valley: Pioneering? Part 1

    by , 12-04-2010 at 11:21 (Meanderings of a lost angler: Fred Bonney)
    MAY 2006
    SET DEEP IN a valley of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the Estate, which arable farmer and my new found friend George acquired some three years ago, are two spring fed trout lakes, a fattening (stew) pond, another lake and a small pond, both also spring fed.
    As you do, I met George in the local, following one of our pub fishing club meetings.
    He was running the trout lakes on a £17 a session ticket and was thinking, now he had settled in a bit, that the time had come to ...

    Updated 13-04-2010 at 09:30 by Fred Bonney

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  2. Into the Valley: Pioneering Part 2

    by , 12-04-2010 at 11:18 (Meanderings of a lost angler: Fred Bonney)
    I AM NOT really a fair-weather fisherman, but a pet hate of mine is setting up whilst it's peeing down. So, my next visit to the valley was three weeks later, which turned out to be a dry sunny day, sat in the middle of our much reported drought! Roll on the warm, dry days of summer.

    The Lake in the Valley
    So, so far, we've had rudd and roach to 8ozs, crucian carp to about a pound and common carp to about 10lb.
    Arriving at the lake at 4pm and there is a substantial ...

    Updated 13-04-2010 at 09:18 by Fred Bonney

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  3. Into the Valley: Pioneering? - Part 3

    by , 12-04-2010 at 10:40 (Meanderings of a lost angler: Fred Bonney)
    It's 3:45am and I'm awoken by the Song Thrush serenade. He sits on my fence next to the bedroom window every morning, and starts up his now boring, dawn chorus.
    So, I decide to get up and visit my lake for another four hour session. Yesterday was 23 degrees C, so summer's here and the Rudd in my pond started spawning. I'll go and take advantage of them in the valley whilst they are busy on other things.

    The Lake in the Valley
    The dawn is very misty. Up here, they ...

    Updated 13-04-2010 at 09:17 by Fred Bonney

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  4. Into the Valley: Pioneering? Part 4

    by , 12-04-2010 at 10:38 (Meanderings of a lost angler: Fred Bonney)
    17 / 08 / 06

    I suppose those of you still following this experience of mine think, "He's gone quiet; is he into some massive fish and not telling us, so that we can't send the scouts out?"
    Well, no.
    I've been down 3 or 4 times since the last update but, when it comes to discovering what lies beneath the surface, I'm still not quite certain.
    I've tried stepping up my gear and used my 1.75 Barbel rod and hit into an immovable object - well it moved ...

    Updated 13-04-2010 at 09:31 by Fred Bonney

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  5. Into the Valley: Pioneering? Part 5

    by , 12-04-2010 at 10:35 (Meanderings of a lost angler: Fred Bonney)
    It's Friday August 18th , the start of the FM Species Race, and what better place to get me up and running, than by my lake in the valley.
    We've decided to have skate and chips for dinner, so after discussing what we had planned for the rest of the day, a decision is made for an early dinner at 3o'clock, which as usual in our house, I will be cooking.
    This would give me the opportunity to get to the lake at about 4 o'clock, and fish through until about 9pm. All through the day, on ...

    Updated 13-04-2010 at 09:32 by Fred Bonney

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