Fishtec marketing director Allan Crawford-Plane recently visited the tranquil Bramble Mere fishery in the Cotswolds for a quick overnighter. Thanks to a FishSpy camera Allan was able to save vital time, and importantly catch fish!
Read on to find out how FishSpy revealed what was beneath the surface in a less than clear lake….
The bucolic Bramble mere lake had long been a favorite venue of mine. Situated in the tranquil Cotswolds near Fairford, I had arranged a flying visit with just a single night on the bank, hoping for some rod bending action.
After a meet and greet with the owner Steve, a quick reconnaissance of the main lake was made. It was obvious right away that the lake was being dye treated for weed, with a blue green tint being evident.
Tactically this is where a FishSpy really comes into its own. With poor visibility from the surface, a quick cast of the FishSpy on record would hopefully give me an idea of the bottom despite the murky stained water. Several exploratory casts were made in various swims before I decided to set up and fish. I was glad I did – as you can see in the footage below the bottom was carpeted in really dense weed of several feet thick.
This presented a problem of finding a good area to lay the traps. A bit more probing with the FishSpy on record revealed a lovely marginal gravel clear spot about 10 yards out from a tree lined swim, a perfect area to add some bait. I fed in a decent amount of the new Dynamite Complex-T 15mm plus 10mm white chocolate and coconut cream – a sure fire way to attract fish. The FishSpy was then submerged on record to check the spot, as shown in the clip below.
With a nice bed of bait in place I was confident that the fish would feed near the margins – the murky water would give them security to come close in, especially with the light now dropping. The FishSpy was set on record for an hour over the spot, as the Airflo bivvy was set up and rods rigged. A quick review of the footage astonishingly revealed investigation by what appeared to be a decent common!
A cast into the area with the TF Gear 10′ Banshee carp rod resulted in a screaming run within a matter of minutes…. a nice fish now graced the net, possibly even the same spotted on camera earlier on. Would the run have come so quickly without using a FishSpy?
As the night set in several fine steaks were enjoyed on the TF gear Toastie grill. With the rods set, things turned even better that night with two runs at 2.45 am and 3.15 am resulting in two nice upper doubles.
The next morning, a quick inspection of the area revealed the bait had been picked clean. So more Dynamite Complex-T went into the spot. I had to pay the nearby Horseshoe lake a visit for a few hours, so the Fishspy was submerged and set on record over the spot, just to see. Upon returning, a quick scan through the footage revealed yet more fish activity…
A quick recast in the spot resulted in a few liners, but no runs. So without much time left of my session, I packed down the gear leaving all but my rods out. Suddenly the alarm sprung into life – a last gasp take! With Steve on hand to take a snap, a pretty little specimen ended the session on a high.
Without the FishSpy would I have caught four fish? It certainly gave me the edge for a quick visit. The moral of the story – don’t forget your FishSpy.
For full details of fishing on Bramble Mere, visit www.bramblemere.com