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11/02/18 and it was time to get on the bank, despite the cold weather. I had received my first order of Successful Baits mid-week and was desperate to get the lines wet and try the new bait. 
Nick Buckley Successful Baits UK Ltd Carp Fishing Baits
My order consisted of a 4kg bag of Mussel Insect Traveller Salted boilies (3kg boilies and 1kg salt) and 3 tubs of neon pop ups. 
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The evening before the session I tied a few rigs and packed my van for the day ahead. I arrived at the lake at around 6:30 for first light with no pre-conceived ideas of peg choice. I walked the lake for around an hour and half looking for signs of fish and features. I eventually settled for a sunken peg fishing with the wind on my back into slack water, the only slack water on the lake. I chose this spot as I had seen signs of movement, bubbling and slick spots coming up and a very snaggy area for my right hand rod to sit near. 
I leaded around the bay and open water for around an hour and found a very large solid area 1/3 of the way to the island in front of me. I had chosen the Mussel Insect boilies as the lake is full of mussels and over hanging trees, it also has a few clay spots and a lot of sand, being an old sand quarry. 
I used two rods and focussed on two areas, feeding around 40 to 50 boilies spread widely across the snaggy area, with a neon green Mussel Insect pop up on a standard pop up spinner rig around 1-1 1/2 inches off the bottom, and the other rod as a simple snow-man setup on the hard patch 1/3 of the way towards the island. 
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Last light came and went and the rods were packed away using torch light. The pop up that had been out for well over 12 hours now looking illuminous and still as buoyant as the first cast. I packed the van and headed home thinking about the next session. 
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The snow-man rig was the first to be picked up with a serious run. I grabbed the rod and felt no resistance, reeled in the slack and my heart sank, as all I felt was the weight of the lead. Next was the snaggy rods turn with some slow single bleeps to start, usually the sign of a big fish plodding along the bottom with your rig but no, this was the well know 'stick fish' that has been tricking carp anglers for years. I reeled in, removed the branch, putting the capture down to the undertow and strong winds coming round into the bay. I sharpened the hook and flicked it back out with the same pop up on and an extra 1/4 of a rod length away from the snags. It was the snowman's turn again and it melted off! I picked the rod up and felt the resistance of a fish. At this point I was hoping for anything but no, the rig had failed to hold on and in came the end tackle. After a few drastic changes, a bigger lead for one, and new rig I cast the rod out and it cracked down on the spot with a thud. Fishing around 4.5meters deep the thud was amazing and I knew the new rig was sat perfectly as I had tested the rig in the margins and it was sinking slowly away from the lead every time, as I had used a stiffer boom section, but unfortunately that was the end of the action. 
At around 5pm when the lake came alive again the snaggy area, where I had thrown boilies, slicking up and fizzing due to feeding fish. I was sat on the end of my seat willing the alarms to scream, but no joy, the fish had moved on. 
With light fading fast it was my last chance! The dog was shivering and pining to go home so I reluctantly started to pack up, leaving the rods last and the big pits with minimum drag, watching as the water around me bubbled. 
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