With the success of that first trip, it felt silly not to return really. I had planned on a March return anyway and with a couple of fish making an appearance to other anglers, I got back a few weeks later. Again, the trip went quite well and coincided with another slightly milder period in the weather. I began my trip in a swim off the back of the cold north westerly that was present and again the following morning managed a nice mid twenty. The weather and wind was due to change and as the morning grew, a cold easterly started to brew. I made the decision around midday to move off the back of it, fishing a spot that is a little favourite of mine on the venue. It turned out to be the right decision too, as the following morning just before first light I managed a nice mid thirty mirror. The session was another success and the year was starting well.
I had a nice social trip planned to an exclusive venue in Chesham and along with five friends, travelled via a spoons’ breakfast for a three-night trip. Working the lake out was quite simple and to cut a long story short, I took a bit of a gamble. Essentially, the fish were evident in the shallower area of the lake and with predicted temperatures of mid to high teens I thought they would stay there. I did have reservations about them moving back in the nights to the deeper water, but felt the daytime temperatures and sunlight would bring them back. In short, it didn’t and although I caught two, it was evident they were happier down the other end. Although I made the move, the other lads positioned down there made the most of being on them and deservedly caught some lovely carp.