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Mar 2014 by Shane & Jamie
Excitement had mounted as we approached Watersmeet for an early season taster of what this lake can offer. On arrival we unpacked the van and had a good look around the lake to try and locate the fish. Scanning the calm waters everything looked to be in good shape and we soon saw carp showing. After an hour or so of deliberation, we decided to set up in pegs 2 and 3. I had decided on peg 3 as fish were showing on far margins and having fished Watersmeet before I know many carp have come out from far margins throughout the night so this seemed a good place to start.
Jamie had opted for peg 2 which gave him free reign to fish the middle of the far margins and also cast up towards the shallower water during the day while keeping bank noise to a minimum in the shallows.
I was fishing 1 rod on the pampas bushes, one between the two bushes on the far margin and 1 rod 6ft off the boulders whilst Jamie was fishing one rod near the willow tree and 2 rods to the far margin under the Oak trees. Our chosen rigs were various so we were using the chod rig and 360 rig for under overhanging branches and Jamie opted for his simple ‘knot less knot’ rig fished with a 15 mm wafter. The fish are not too rig shy at Watersmeet so we didn’t feel the need to be too technical.
Our baiting approach was fairly simple 5 or 6 baits and a few chops with a handful of pellet on each rod after every fish and one heavier baiting over each rod early afternoon, maybe 30-40 baits and a few scoops of pellet, which isn’t a massive amount of bait considering the size of the fish but we wanted to keep the carp hungry and searching rather than giving them one big dinner plate to gorge on.
Our preferred bait was mainline cell boilies as they have always been a proven fish catcher at Watersmeet. We knew this from experience, netting 1400lbs worth of fish in a week back in 2009 (had to slip that one in!). For so early in the season the weather was on our side for most of the week with average daytime temp roughly 12-15 degrees reaching 17 degrees for a couple of the days, whilst night time temperatures were dropping down to between 7-10 degrees so not too bad for this time of year.
The alarms sound!
The fishing got off to a very quick start and a lovely mint 27lb mirror was on the bank within 30 minutes or so taken from the pampas bushes spot and the first 30lber caused the alarms to sound again before nightfall.
So if you want a bend in your rod get yourself to Watersmeet and I hope others fishing the venue find this information helpful.