Henry Lennon, The Wildlake
Posted on 12th September 2016 at 16:10
Short session fishing is the most common situation the modern carp angler will be presented with in the pursuit of their quarry. With commitments such as family, work, schooling etc, taking up the majority of our time, 24-hour plus sessions are a rarity that few of us get to enjoy on a regular basis. Personally, I experience a lack of fishing time as I enter my final year of school, but I still manage to get big carp on the bank in sessions as short as an hour in length with the help of some tricks I have picked up in the past few years fishing a certain lake in my adopted country of Switzerland.
This particular lake, which I will call the Wildlake, is around 1 acre in size, and is very shallow, incredibly weedy and silty and is fed by a small stream that runs through the surrounding forest. I began fishing it in 2011 with a friend, at the time only messing about with spinners to catch the numerous jack
pike the lake held. After a few years of pike fishing, I discovered that in one corner of the lake, around 9 big carp could be regularly seen soaking up the rays in the upper layers on a sunny day. All the carp looked to be over 20 lbs, with the biggest appearing to be at least 40 lbs. These fish were wild mirrors, with orange bellies and jet-black shoulders from living in such gin clear water. I decided that the best way to fish for the carp would be to do short sessions, as night fishing was not allowed anyway and with my other commitments, I could only really get in 3 hour sessions at a time.
I had never really fished short sessions before, as I spent most of my early carp fishing life doing week long trips to France, as the carp fishing in Switzerland itself was fairly poor, so France was the most realistic option to me. I began by researching how to approach shorter sessions. Through reading various online articles on the subject, I feel as though the most important consideration for short session success is pre baiting!
Pre baiting will save you so much time, as the fish are hardwired into feeding from your spot and become much easier to catch in a short time period. Unfortunately, this means making regular trips to the lake, but these trips only take 15 minutes at a time to throw in a combination of corn, pellet and boilies, and as my rugby training was near to the lake, I managed to start getting in 3 pre baiting sessions a week. The corn was simple supermarket frozen corn, the pellet was Successful Baits Activator Pellet, and the boilies I opted for was chopped and whole 14mm Nasty Shrimp. I went with the Nasty Shrimp as it is a bait that I have used many times in the past before, and I have seen how carp are instantly drawn to it. Carp love this bait, and I have had instant success on the bait before on new venues, so I believed it would be a good bait to introduce to these wild fish. I also soaked this mix in the Nasty Shrimp bait activator, in order to create a cloud in the water that would draw the carp into the baited area. The reason for the small item baiting
approach was so that the fish would be rooting around and digging in the silt to pick up all the little pieces of bait. The fish end up wiping the area clean trying to find every last morsel of food, which allowed me to have a spot clear of weed on which to fish.
Nasty Shrimp Wafters were the way forward, as they would hover on the silty bottom I carried out a regular tri-weekly feeding of bait and I had some fantastic results. In 6 different short sessions, I caught 4 different carp from 6 bites and 3 bonus tench. The largest carp I caught was 32 lbs 4 ounce, with others at 28 lbs 8 ounce, 28 lbs, and 22 lbs 3 ounce. I was determined to catch the biggest carp in there, that looked to be over 40 lbs. After studying the movements of the carp one afternoon in spring to see if there were any new changes in the patrol routes, I
pre-baited with corn, pellet and Nasty Shrimp to return the following weekend.
A small Wildlake carp
So, I arrived the following weekend with 3 hours set aside between studying and rugby training. On arrival, I threw in a handful of crushed and whole Nasty Shrimp to get the carp feeding in the area as I prepared my rod. As I peered over the bankside foliage to look at the spot, I could see 3 carp feeding on the corn, all looking to be upper 20s to scraper 30s. The 40 was basking in the sun further along the patrol route. I threw in another handful of bait, which allowed the carp to slowly drift away from the spot. During this time, I flicked my rod out to the spot, and sat back and waited for the fish to reappear. It didn’t take long for the return of the fish, with one of the larger residents coming into the spot after around 20 minutes of waiting. It went straight for my Nasty Shrimp Wafter and sucked it in. I could see the carp as it closed its mouth over the bait. It bolted away from the spot, sending bow waves across the lake. After a short but intense battle, the fish was in the net. I had to wade out into the deep silt to land her, as a sunken tree was preventing me from bringing the fish all the way in. I placed the net onto the mat and was met with a very standard fish for the Wildlake. A long, lean, orange and black carp that looked to be upper 20s to low thirties in weight. On the scales, she went 31 lbs. It was the second biggest fish I had
caught from the Wildlake, and being one that I hadn’t caught before, I was over the moon. After a few quick photos, I slipped her back. Knowing that I had caused plenty of commotion in the landing of the fish, I decided to end the session there and head to rugby training..
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