Dave Lane’s Fishing Diary

On The Bank

After my results the previous week in my new swim I couldn’t wait to get back in there for another try. The big, clean, gravel strip I had found produced two fish for me last time and I had given it a fair dosing of the Mainline New Grange bait before I left, so I was brimmed full of confidence. Usually I spend a few hours wandering around and looking for fish but I was sure I could get bites by sticking to my plan and waiting to intercept any carp that moved through the gap between the two big islands that split the lake in half.

It was a lot hotter this time around and, with a lot less wind, the baits sailed out to the 125yrd mark and cracked down on the gravel with a resounding thud.

Baiting up was again an easy enough exercise as I had my big inflatable boat with me, I just whacked out a marker rod and then paddled out with a couple of kilo’s of boilies, making sure I spread them right out to ensure I would land the rigs somewhere near at least some of the bait.

Because of the amount of yachts and canoes using the water I had to really pin the lines down to the bottom, using back leads and keeping the tips as low as possible. The weed didn’t help either and any loose strands that were floating about soon attached themselves top my line and started lifting up, into range of the sailboards below the yachts. Luckily it was quite a short day for the boaters and, by about half seven in the evening, everything was quiet again and the park took on its other guise as a tranquil and lovely place to fish, although I knew that by nine the next morning it would be mayhem again!

Throughout the evening a few fish started to roll out along the bar and, at about nine pm, the rod fishing a yellow op-up ripped into life, this was an early bite and it took me by surprise a little bit as most of the recent action had been during the night or early morning.

It wasn’t a big fish though, a common carp of about seventeen pounds so I slipped him straight back and , after checking my hook was still nice and sharp, I whacked a fresh bait straight back on the marks for the night.

More true to recent form, the next bite had me tumbling out of bed at four o’clock in the morning; it’s always such a shock no matter how many times you do it. One minute you are sound asleep, immersed in some mad dream or another, and the next thing you know you’re playing a fish with no real idea of where you are or what’s actually happening. By the time I came to my senses the fish had kited right around to the right and managed to pick up one of my other lines so there was a few moment of panic as I desperately tried to unravel the ensuing knitting. Somehow, with more luck than good judgement, I managed to free the other rod and played the fish out in the right hand margin with no other real dramas.

Because they fight so damn hard in here it’s often a scary time at the net but this fish was in no mood to muck about and I guided him straight into the waiting mesh and, as he slid in, I could see it was yet another common although a bit bigger this time, pulling the needle around to just over twenty three pounds.

You would think, what with two fish under my belt on the first night that I would have been happy to stay put, while the day away and, hopefully, bag another couple on my second night but no. For some bizarre reason that I still can’t quite fathom I decided to pack everything up, push it about a mile on the barrow and set up on the other side of the lake, where I blanked totally, unless of course you count a tench as a result!

Quite what drove me to relocate from a productive swim I don’t know but, unfortunately, that just the way I am, I have absolutely no patience and never have had and I always think that the grass must be greener on the other side. Over the years it has caught me stacks of extra fish but, sometimes, I wonder how many it has cost me as well.

Carp Kit

Over the past six months or so we have been busy developing a new range of leaders called the ‘Lok Down Leaders’ which, at first glance may look like any other Poly-urethane coated leaders but, believe me, they are completely different to everything that has gone before. The new leaders have a braided line running through the core whereas all the others have 35lb monofilament and the difference in suppleness is massive. Obviously a thick length of mono is going to be stiff and have the tendency to coil up off the bottom whereas a braid on the other hand is totally soft and hugs the contours of the lake bed. Also, by using different colour braids we have been able to create leaders that match into the lake bed you are fishing over, whether it be weedy, muddy or dark silt. The leaders come in three different lengths of 20”, 36” and 48” and two styles. The first style is a swivel ended leader that is ideal for the addition of a lead release clip or an inline lead while the second style is aimed at helicopter or chod rigs.

The bead on the helicopter/chod leader is one that I have been working on for some time now and my main concern throughout has been the safety element. Far too many helicopter beads have hit the market without enough thought into how easily the fish can detach the top bead and then, how smoothly the bead and rig can pass over the loop at the top should a breakage occur. By increasing the internal diameter of the bead and using a custom made sleeve to house the bead in use I have ended up with a perfect solution that stays exactly where you want it during normal fishing situations but detaches easily when needed. The sleeve is also fully adjustable to suit whatever depth of silt or weed you are fishing over, give them a try and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed as they really are a top piece of your fishing gear.

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Dave Lane

About Dave Lane

Dave Lane tackled his first carp in the mid-sixties, and by 2004 had bagged five different UK fifties culminating with the famed Black Mirror. Since then, Dave has added a further three fifties to his tally. As a product developer, Dave has travelled the world to source the best tackle angling has to offer. As a writer, he’s contributed three books to the angling canon. His most recent title, Tight Lines, is available to order now.