The Neglected Day Ticket Water
The neglected day ticket water is such a lovely carpy lake in deepest Worcestershire. There are three pools within the complex comprising of a small rectangle pool with some old Wiley warriors residing in the deep margin waters; and a doughnut shaped pool surrounded by tree lined margins and a well-established tree lined island comprising of a mixed array of fish for the pleasure angler.
The third pool is a boomerang shaped water around 3 acres; a natural looking pool with a few fallen trees, uninhabited pegs to fish from (basically clear your own). An absolutely stunning water with some stunning old warriors and some rather large finicky residents amongst them. This water has been totally neglected in a way and not many anglers take the time to take a look around and try their angling skills except for us odd few who like a challenge.
I turn up at the waters, the weather looking bang on: warm breeze and intermittent cloud cover. After doing the usual school run there was not a soul there, so I had three waters to myself but will be targeting the Boomerang pool. I fished with one rod as its pretty much hit and hold tactics and fishing clear spots in the margins, the fish happily feed in the margins, throwing up tail patterns giving themselves away but with an air of caution.
After walking around the pool for a good hour I found a margin clear spot. Three feet to the right of me was a fallen Silver Birch tree totally uprooted; and to the left, a Willow tree overhanging into the water with a bramble bush entangling between the branches leaving a total of around a three to four foot channel between snags nice and tight. The peg down to the water is overgrown with a small shrub at the water’s edge and a small concrete slab at the bottom of the cut out. The spot I fished is basically part of the peg an old 3 x 2 slab fallen in the pool over time, sat at an angle in the margin around 18 inches deep near the bank and which drops away to 4ft around 2ft out, so the fish like to feed off the slab and scoot of into the depths of the margin or into the snag on the left. The slab was build-up of clean clay on it so was perfect to utilise. Opposite the swim was another fallen tree off the far bank which is out of bounds also. The far bank being about 100yards from my peg.
I start by trickling in some 2mm System x pellet and a mixture of 12mm and 16mm System x boilie, chops and crumb then sit and wait. Within a couple of minutes I see a couple of shadows come out of the left hand margin and straight on the spot confidently, coming and going for the next half hour I decided to get the gear set up eagerly wanting to trap one of the scaly leviathans.
As I’m only fishing the margins I used a Kodex 10 ft 2 ¼ through action rod, Mitchell baby pit reel with 18lb Katran Synapse line, safety lead clip with 3oz Choddy lead, quick clip, 8 inch Hamilton multi rig with a size 8 Mozzy curved hook with a 12mm System-X dark silt hook bait chopped down. Fishing single bank sticks and pretty much fully locked up with the rod well tucked away up the bank and slack line running over the side of the bank I waited with anticipation.
There were a few fish up near the surface taking in the warm of the sun maybe looking for a surface bait or too, kicking myself I didn’t bring the dog biscuits with me, thinking to myself I could try a trimmed down white pop up later on.
I watch the spot glancing over the bank edge I see about four fish happily scoffing on my freebies to the right of my hook bait all of a sudden a fish swims straight towards my hook bait and boom “We’re in!” the Delkim screams. I hit into a very lively fish heading straight towards the fallen tree to the right of me I manage to turn her back towards me and hold him there lulling on the bottom a couple minutes later, up pops a fat little common around 12lbs; great scrap and cracking looking fish, I slip her back to her watery home. Well chuffed but nowhere near as big as some of the fish I have seen come into the swim. I fed the spot back up and all’s quiet for the next half hour or so. So I decided to target a couple of fish on the surface further round the pool, so I swap the gear over to surface method which comprised of 4ft of Fox Illusion surface line size 10 curved Mozzy hook to a hair which is loaded with a 16mm trimmed down white System-X white washed out pop up. With the gear swapped over I stroll down to the shallower end of the pool, tree lined and a few fish moving around, I cast out to a fish looking for a tasty morsel…off he spooks… but I spot a fish at mid water looking for food so decide to keep the bait where it is and astonishingly, the fish swims 30 yards straight towards the bait and ‘bang’ into a really long mirror.
With the fish into the net I was very happy. Not the biggest, but not going to forget how the fish homed in on the bait, no freebies either. I unhooked a really old, rather odd looking mirror and slip her back into the water. Meanwhile the carp had moved back into the spot. I sat and watched two commons around 25lb plus feasting on the freebies. I quickly set the rod back up for the bottom bait in anticipation of a larger fish. With the bait back on the spot, the fish seem to have wised up to the setup, seeming to move in to feed, then become spooked when in feeding distance of the hook bait. I changed things round a bit; rig length, smaller lead and so on but no still spooking off spot. By this time I’m getting totally frustrated line baits and the bream have moved in also I decide to call it a day, happy with the two carp and a 6lb Bream. I pack up leave a bit of loose feed and will be back in the near future!
Leigh Price Team SSP Field Tester