It’s that time of year when the mind starts to think about the new season ahead and those fish waking from spawning. Now I’m not saying I’m a fair-weather fisherman but the thought of bearing the cold weather with hours spent bite less don’t fill me with to much excitement! I’d rather spend a bit of time piking and preparing the
I enjoy my Pike fishing too
carp gear for the season ahead. The obvious question that must cross everyone’s mind is where they plan to fish or start their campaign.
Choosing water is a difficult task. No doubt everyone wants a beautiful lake round the corner stuffed with big carp (Common and Mirror) that’s cheap as chips and don’t suffer angling pressure. Do these waters exist? I’m sure there are some out there but it’s unlikely they will be the sort in the angling press or to be found on angling forums and the like.
I have personally settled on 3 waters for the season ahead. I think it’s very important firstly to be realistic with your self. There is a need to be clear in what you want from your fishing. Are you looking for a PB or target fish? Are you simply looking to get away from it all in nice surroundings where it doesn’t matter what or whether you catch. You must also weigh up the cost of the water against how many times you think you will fish it – will you really be able to commit the time to an expensive water?
In my local Essex area I have restricted myself to waters within an hour of work and home. Time is precious with family and work busy thank god. I don’t want to use up to much of my time on the road when I could be behind the rods!! My target is a UK 40. I therefore have to find a water or waters that contain them and at most times of the year. Many waters can’t sustain fish of this size and if that’s what you are after there is little point fishing waters without them in. Also if there are fish in the low 40’s you could find at the time of year you plan to fish the water they aren’t at there biggest weight. The 2 syndicate waters I have found both contain a number of 40LB fish. One contains a number that go into the high 40LB bracket and the other is an “easier” water which should give me some runs but also still gives me the chance of that big fish over the magic 40LB mark.
Finally I also take my 2 boys fishing. They have grown up from the “catch anything with maggots” phrase and now their looking at increasing their modest PB’s. We have therefore chosen to join a “Club” water. Club waters certainly should not be over looked as they offer very good value for money in these tough times. They usually have a number of different waters and you may be very surprised the size of some of the fish in them!
Good luck in what ever waters you decide to choose this season. There is something very exiting about getting to know a lake and her moods.