I drove passed the infamous Llandegley International Airport sign and arrived to find a beautiful little lake nestled at the bottom of the hills. It's was two and half acres in size and boasted a good head of 20lb+ Carp and a big variety of other Carp species including Koi, Ghosties and Cruicians. I was eager to wet a line just to see what I would catch.
For the first time ever a had luxury accommodation for the session. I unloaded the car and barrowed the gear round to the log pod. The log pod is effectively a portable log cabin over looking the swim with a fridge, television, DVD player and enough room to fit at least three full sized bed chairs. I was pretty impressed with how much room I had and how comfortable my session was going to be. I loaded all my food and drinks for the session into the fridge, set up the bed chair, I even put my barrow to the back of the pod and still had plenty of room left for my rod bag, bait and all the other odds and ends I seem to burden myself with when I visit a new fishery.
So, without the hasstle of putting up the bivvy I quickly got the rods out and was ready to have a relaxing session, or so I thought.
The action came from the off but I wasn't very successful in capitalising on it. I'd baited up two spots ready for the night and decided to try my luck at a bit of surface fishing. I managed to pull the bait out of the mouths of more than a few before I finally connected and that was short lived as it managed to bury itself in the weed then throw the hook. I had more close calls but I didn't actually get a fish on the bank until after dark.
I had put the rods out for the night and it was a matter of minutes before the alarm screamed away for the first time. It was only a low single Common but it was one on the bank but after the frustrating start I really needed to feel like I was doing the right things.
I know it was only small but it helped boost my confidence as I retired back to my log cabin knowing that the session was still young and things could only get better.
|A cheeky little Common Carp getting me off the mark.|
All was not lost as my second alarm call at half past seven saw me connecting with a proper rod bender. Again I tussled with the weeds and managed to steer the fish with a bit more success this time, that's not to say there wasn't a moment when I thought the weeds had claimed yet another fish but luckily that was short lived and I finally pulled a quality catch over the net.
|My first Spring Rock lump weighing in at 18lb 1oz.|
|A fish the made the journey worthwhile.|
I managed to catch a few more hours sleep before I decided it was time to get up, get some breakfast and get some fish on the bank.
Once I'd slammed down a few bacon sandwiches I baited up the two spots I'd presented baits on during the night and then turned my attentions to another type of Carp that I very rarely get a chance to fish for, Cruician Carp.
I wiped the dust off my match rod and got it ready for a bit of float fishing. I didn't bother plumbing the depth as I thought that I'd be able to pick them off in mid water but after an hour or so of missing bites I realised I might as well do things properly and plumbed the depth and set the bait so I was fishing about and inch off the bottom. The change to the depth made an instant improvement as the Carp starting coming in on nearly every cast. I started with a pretty little mirror and continued to bank small mirrors and commons for about an hour. I didn't really know the exact difference between small Common and proper Cruicians but once I'd finally got a Cruician there was no mistaking the difference.
|One of the Cruisian Carp.|
|A little one for all my frustration on the surface.|
The night started with a bit of a surprise capture after the Rosehip Isotonic bottom bait was picked up and I began battling against a cracking looking Koi Carp. The owner had told me earlier that he'd stocked a handfull of his own Koi from his pond at home so I wasn't really expecting to see one and I wasn't expecting to see one fall to a 15mm boilie so, you can imagine I was more than happy to see this awesomely coloured Koi weighing in a lot heavier than I expected at 7lb 2oz, .
|A true bonus to see. A cracking 7lb 2oz Koi.|
|Chill outside the log pod.|
|The final fish of my trip.|
I think I'll definitely be visiting Spring Rock again.
The video blog filmed at 'Spring Rock Carp Fishery'