The first few forays to the lake were spent walking with a marker rod and 4oz lead. I really enjoy the learning stage of a new venue and by simply walking and leading around in as many swims as I could, I felt like I was beginning to learn the spots and routes that would hopefully yield future results. The lake was quite busy for me to be doing too much lead work and even now as I write, there are a couple of swims left that I have no experience with just yet. Knowing how coy the fish can be, I feel that having spots logged will help me move onto fish and avoid spooking them if I need to get rods out quickly.
The first sessions were spent in swims that I really hadn’t leaded much. As a result with a 3oz lead being thrown to prominent trees on the horizon, I quickly found spots, but felt I may have spooked anything present. I was also aware that bite times could stretch almost until midday. Leaving at 7am for work wasn’t necessarily going to be conducive to a wet net. With my excuses logged, it took me a few nights to get my first fish. It was actually the second bite of the night, the first having come off seconds after connecting with it. Even now I’m still not sure what it was, such was the weird and finicky take. The second take was much more positive and the 23lb mirror was a welcome sight after weeding me solid on several occasions.