Froggatts Pools, Ludlow[ish], Shropshire

WickerDave

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With the mild weather yesterday the venue for the afternoon was Froggatts Pools. This has five pools, four with mixed stocking but dominated by carp and F1s and a specimen lake with 20lb+ carp and catfish.

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I’d intended to fish the east end of the mixed Lodge pool (second from the left) so I could lob a method feeder to the back of the long island to my left. I stuck with this plan despite the strong wind blowing directly into that end of the pool as with the recent mild nights I expected the margins to fish well on the float rod, especially in the last hour or two of light. The swim picture about sums up the weather, grey, windy and with some spells of that annoying mizzle.

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The first cast with a ground bait method feeder and a chocolate orange wafter resulted in the tip curving round after a few minutes and a 3lb carp was in the net. That set the tone for the rest of the afternoon, most casts resulted in a bite and a mix of seventeen small carp and decent F1s all in the 2-5lb range were landed at regular intervals. The biggest fish were a pair of 5lb F1s, the better looking one is pictured.

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The float rod in the margins was unexpectedly slow throughout, even at the end of the session. Just one small carp from the last cast and two F1s, plus five 2ozish tiddlers (roach, rudd and perch).

A disappointing lack of the bigger carp but the number of smaller fish resulted in a total of about 60lb.

The swims on the specimen lake can be booked for 12 hour or longer sessions and it now has two lodges on it. Although the wooden swim platforms are good the banks and access paths are very muddy at this time of the year. There is also a constant aroma and fan noise from the chicken barns in the north west corner that you soon get used to!
 

WickerDave

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A below expectations afternoon here today given the 9 degree temperature and lack of wind. The method feeder rod remained motionless and the float rod with a larger bait was being constantly pecked at by tiddlers. A couple of short spells with maggot on the float rod resulted in a tiddler a chuck, I retained some briefly in the landing net dangling in the water, the photo was about 15 minutes worth. A decent whip angler would have had a big bag of silvers.

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As the light was fading the method rod finally curved round with a 3lb F1 and the next and last cast produced a 3lb common. The larger bait float rod also produced a 5lb common right at the end, so I went home a bit happier :) .
 

SeanB

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What is it about a net of silvers that is so magical to see? Good stuff my friend.
 

WickerDave

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A long afternoon fish here yesterday in perfect weather. There were only a few anglers on each of the four mixed pools, Leighs was the busiest with at least a half dozen spread around.

I did realise why a southerly wind was blowing in my face in the first post on this thread, what I thought was the east bank was actually the north bank as the aerial photo from the fishery Facebook page had been rotated 90 degrees, it should be this…

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Leighs with the “interesting islands” mentioned in the recent "best commercial" thread at #82 is the standalone eastern pool.

The sunny weather had the carp basking in any margins with floating debris and cruising slowly further out elsewhere. Since I like to wander I just set up a small crystal waggler with luncheon meat shallow on a size 12 and moved around the Lodge pool and dropped this in front of visible carp. A few spooked but the sucked in ratio was good and the session ended with 23 carp and 3 roach, nearly all from Lodge with 2 from Marlpit and 1 from Leighs when I took a long wander to all the pools in the early evening in search of bigger fish. Most of the carp were small at the bottom of the 2.5lb to 7.5lb range, the second to last fish was the biggest at just over 10lb and the last fish nudged the total over 100lb.

There were still some waterlogged sections of bank despite the recent dry weather.
 

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A long afternoon fish here yesterday in perfect weather. There were only a few anglers on each of the four mixed pools, Leighs was the busiest with at least a half dozen spread around.

I did realise why a southerly wind was blowing in my face in the first post on this thread, what I thought was the east bank was actually the north bank as the aerial photo from the fishery Facebook page had been rotated 90 degrees, it should be this…

1917070_737720766329870_296143006985244647_n.jpg

Leighs with the “interesting islands” mentioned in the recent "best commercial" thread at #82 is the standalone eastern pool.

The sunny weather had the carp basking in any margins with floating debris and cruising slowly further out elsewhere. Since I like to wander I just set up a small crystal waggler with luncheon meat shallow on a size 12 and moved around the Lodge pool and dropped this in front of visible carp. A few spooked but the sucked in ratio was good and the session ended with 23 carp and 3 roach, nearly all from Lodge with 2 from Marlpit and 1 from Leighs when I took a long wander to all the pools in the early evening in search of bigger fish. Most of the carp were small at the bottom of the 2.5lb to 7.5lb range, the second to last fish was the biggest at just over 10lb and the last fish nudged the total over 100lb.

There were still some waterlogged sections of bank despite the recent dry weather.
Sounds like a great session Dave.
 
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