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  1. Big Commons & Friends

    17th May

    Sorry but I've nothing more to report on the urban side of things mainly due to the intake of large quantities of alcoholic beverages on a night out in Grimsby

    We carried on till the early hours!

    Friday morning and afternoon was spent recovering, it seems to take longer these days. I had planned to sort out the fishing gear ready for the Saturday but decided it could all be done on the Saturday itself as we weren't booked on to the lake until ...
  2. Back in town

    12th May

    A couple more short sessions on the town lake yielded nothing last week other than the opportunity to keep some bait going in.

    Friday afternoon I headed over to Archer. After failing to find any fish on a walk around I chose a swim on the side of the week long westerly. (It was also a swim where its possible to drop the gear off in the car.

    Rick arrived a little later and slotted into the swim next door so the evening was spent talking and sampling ...
  3. Historical Hopes & Dreams

    7th May

    An early start saw a good friend and I arriving in good time at our chosen destination.
    Many phone calls had been made, a meeting attended,in order to bring about this day. In order to cast a line into the waters of a lake that played a part in carping history.

    The great names had fished here, Walker, Ingham and others of that era but on this lake they were the followers not the ground breakers. It had been a recognised carp water before Richard Walker ...
  4. A pike in May

    2nd May

    Archer was busy by Archer standards with 8 on for a May Day Saturday

    I made it 9 and set up for a social next to Rick but noticed soon after my arrival that some people were packing up and leaving. I must try another soap.

    Spent the evening chatting with Rick over a couple of drinks and generally mellowed out.No action at all of the carpy sort but an amazingly greedy pike grabbed one of my rigs on the retrieve just after it had chomped a skimmer. ...
  5. Spawning in April!

    24th April

    The campaign on the urban water had produced another common of 14lb along with a tench and 3 of the small stockies that went in last November. The scale patterns and deep colour these small carp have already achieved in the clear water should make for some beautiful fish as they grow.

    The 24th of April saw me down at Archer for a site meeting about the silt removal of the ...