Spring Lea, Lea Cross, Shropshire

WickerDave

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A last chance to fish yesterday afternoon before the inevitable lockdown. The venue was Spring Lea, which is a 5 pool complex where the pools have different characteristics, with the exception of the two main carp match pools, Mallard and Orfe, which are both tree lined long rectangles.

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The only two other anglers already there were both fishing on one of the smaller pools. I started on Mallard and found a lot of carp basking at the far end with some cruising the margins.

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Surface fishing is banned here, so the plan was just to wander around with a shallow bait under a small crystal waggler and flick this in front of visible fish. This worked well, the second fish of the day was a long common of 11.5lb that turned out to be the biggest of the day. You have to use fishery supplied landing nets here which are a bit on the small side!

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A move to Orfe halfway through the session found plenty of carp but spread throughout the pool rather than concentrated at one end. The Orfe fish were as obliging as those in Mallard.

The session tally was 21 carp and a single roach and rudd for a 135lb total. Apart from the common the rest of the fish were from 9lbish to 3lbish, with most of the bigger fish being stumpy near leather mirrors.

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I know what you mean about the net sizes there - I have this one last summer and struggled to get in in the landing net!

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Nice common @dc81 (y). The triangular nets they supply on Horseshoe are better, those round ones are a pain as they are so shallow.
 

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A long afternoon trip here yesterday, on Mallard this time. It was sunny when I started with plenty of carp cruising shallow and in the margins. Feeding fishery 4mm pellets in the margins soon had carp rooting around. However, the showers then came, and they were heavy! This didn’t put the carp off, there is a feeding boil at the left edge of the rain picture.

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Margin carp were landed at regular intervals and somehow a couple of gudgeon managed to get in amongst them.

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All on luncheon meat until a slow spell late on when I then tried different baits, soft hooker pellets and sweetcorn made no difference, worm produced immediate bites from micro perch, and then banded 8mm hard pellets produced a good run of fish.

The carp were a mix of regular shaped commons and mirrors, with only a couple of the stumpy mirrors.

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The rain cleared late afternoon for a dry end to the session.

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The final tally was 26 carp from 3lbish to 9lbish and a few tiddlers for 145lbish.
 

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After a biteless Severn session the previous afternoon, it was time for some commercial carp therapy yesterday afternoon. There was only one other angler on Mallard at the car park end so I set up at the far end.

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It had started sunny and calm, with a few carp visible cruising in the middle. A shallow bait repeatedly flicked in front of them was eventually taken and a 5lb common was landed. The wind then got up and brought in a long spell of heavy drizzle before calming again. Despite the cooler weather recently feeding the margin with pellets soon had waving tails as the carp moved in. This produced steadily all afternoon for eleven carp with several of the stumpy mirrors in the 8-10lb range.

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The method feeder rod flicked out to the middle was much slower, only four smaller carp and a couple of skimmers, the first bream I’ve caught from there.

The final margin carp nudged the total over 100lb.
 

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A calmish and sunnyish afternoon today which gave me a chance to stalk some of the basking fish in Horseshoe, trying to pick out the bigger carp. The first fish of the day was a venue personal best at 15.4, a long, lean and slightly manky common...

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The resident kingfisher was flitting about all afternoon, just visible perched in the right edge of the tree...

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A mid-afternoon to closing time trip here yesterday that was almost a carbon copy of the first report from about a year ago. It was sunny and calm and this had the carp basking in all the pools.

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None of the pools were very busy but Mallard had only two anglers at either end of one of the long banks who both left late afternoon; the other bank was closed for peg rebuilding. This meant there was plenty of room to wander with my favoured method of flicking a shallow bait in front of the basking carp. A perfect cast an inch directly in front of a nose was usually taken positively. A slightly wayward cast to the side of a nose semi spooked the fish but often it could be seen circling the bait and would eventually tentatively suck it in and spook rapidly ejecting the bait as it did so. A wayward cast into open space between fish was completely ignored.

As the sun dipped down and a ripple developed the carp dispersed a bit and were harder to spot. I settled in one swim and fed the shallow margin and myself. This soon produced tail boils but with the fish ignoring the bait, resulting in liners, one foulhooked carp and one lost carp that may have been foulhooked too.

The final tally was 18 carp between 10.5lb and 3lb with most in the mid-range, the biggest common and a couple of mid-range fish are pictured.

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Despite the slow end it was an enjoyable afternoon in the sun.
 

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What do you think of the recent changes here @WickerDave ? I fished there a few weeks back, quite a productive session in the margins, tight up to the reed ending with a 12lb mirror on the pole!
 

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What do you think of the recent changes here @WickerDave ? I fished there a few weeks back, quite a productive session in the margins, tight up to the reed ending with a 12lb mirror on the pole!
I've not been back since they've finished Mallard. They've been updating their Facebook page regularly, highlights at Pictures if you've not seen them there.

There could be too much gravel for me on one bank with the path directly behind, I don't mind a solid swim area but like a bit of grass/vegetation around me. Taking a lot of the conifers out has let the wind in more too.
 

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An afternoon/early evening session here yesterday on Horseshoe. Despite early heavy cloud it managed to stay dry and with it being calm and eventually sunnyish it was ideal conditions to stalk the cruising carp. A lot of them spooked but I managed 8 with the best another feral shaped fish of 11.5lb.

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They’ve now got new landing nets which are much better than the old ones, fortunately this size is being used on all the pools not just Horseshoe. The improvements are still ongoing so there was some machinery noise and fumes early on.
 
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