They’re liking it a bit spicy - must be summer

OldTaff

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An early shortish session at Neville Park this morning to round out a tidy week - four hour-long pre-work sessions and I was up to 34 carp, lots of little ones but all good fun.

Conditions at 5:30am were spot on and I decided to take my box for a bit of comfort as I’d planned on 3hrs

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Following on from advice on my thread earlier in the week it was time for a change of tactics and yesterday evening I popped into my local pet supplies shop for feed pellets and saw some additives in the clearance box:

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Up until now I’ve only used sweet additives such as banoffee or Scopex but my hook pellets are spicy sausage Pellet ‘O’s so time to match the hatch. Couple of handfuls of 8mm & 6mm pellets in a bowl, add oil and haze, stir for a colourful stinky mix but hopefully the fish will like it - couple of pouch fulls in a wide spread and the hookbaits (double 8mm hair rigged) in the middle 4 rod lengths out. Put rod down & set 15min timer.

5mins later and the reel is screaming - connect to a grumpy lump and get dragged into the fallen trees on my right despite trying everything I knew to turn it - first hooklength severed :mad:

Re-rig, re cast, reset timer and after 10mins get smashed to bits in the same trees again.

Banged in more loose feed as I rigged up again and repeated - 5mins for a bite and hauled in a poor little 6oz common like a rocket - oh joy, losing the lumps and catching the tiddlers - but NO ! the next victim was a 6lb beauty that fought me every inch

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That mad grin was as much relief as elation - more feed & more bites with a mix of sizes:

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Lost a third, this time in the left hand tree, that felt lumpy - hooklength sheared but followed up with a few more before all in called at 8:30am as I had the final part of a coaching course to attend via zoom.

Final tally was 19 fish banked, 3 lost - the heavier feeding of spicy freebies definitely producing a hugely more aggressive response than the fruity offerings had all last week.

Time to tie a load of new hooklengths ready for Monday morning :)
 

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That’s one hell of an overhanging tree! I’ve not seen one overhang into the middle of a lake before 😂
 

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That’s one hell of an overhanging tree! I’ve not seen one overhang into the middle of a lake before 😂
Oh it’s even better than that - currently there are 5 trees down perpendicular to the bank into the lake; two to the left of where I was seated one of which extends about 20’ out, two to the right of my position the worst extending 30’ plus into the lake, one to the right of the next swim too but much shorter.

Have lost the first swim entirely due as this shows:

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This dropped in the storms 2-3 months ago and there is a small one perpendicular to it reaching to the reedbeds.


All of these have branches underwater creating a snag nightmare. - I will do some more pics in the morning to show how bad it is.
 

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Peg one - a gonner as you can see

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Peg two (Saturdays) - left hand trees

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Right hand trees
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Peg three - left hand side
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Pegs 4 & 5 lost to overhanging trees and reedbeds

Pegs 6,7 & 8 access
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Far bank - inaccessible due to fallen tree the size of 1 blocking the path in but of the 5 swims there 2 are lost to partially fallen and overhanging trees also
 

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tincatim

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It looks like carnage there mate! Must have been one hell of a storm. I bet the carp love those little ‘features’.
 

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It’s been over a couple of years but the worst was the Feb/Mar storms this year

Council won’t want to touch it so need to do a bit of jobbing
 

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A waterproof chainsaw, a snorkel and a few bin bags should do it 👍🏻😂
 

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In high summer the water levels fall way down so i could chainsaw some of the stuff out and I have a recovery winch with ground anchors to haul the timber out

ideally it’s a 3/4 bloke job so need to organise help
 
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