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   Old Thread  #170 16 May 2017 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone else?
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   Old Thread  #169 12 May 2017 at 6.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It looks like its way back into the reeds , well hidden
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   Old Thread  #168 12 May 2017 at 2.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I would say it was the ponderosa ken. Nope!

To be honest unless you have fished College I doubt you'd guess...In fact, even if you have fished there you may have a problem!
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   Old Thread  #167 12 May 2017 at 11.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I would say it was the ponderosa ken.
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   Old Thread  #166 12 May 2017 at 10.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You guys are correct that it is College, now just guess the swim. The Swamp was so named because it was a swamp, this swim was always pristine and at times it was crawling with carp.
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   Old Thread  #165 11 May 2017 at 8.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I would say it was the swamp at college.
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   Old Thread  #164 11 May 2017 at 7.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for articles so far Ken - can't wait until the winter for more of the same!

Re: photo, I want to say college - the very top end (east bank) - but probably miles off!
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   Old Thread  #163 11 May 2017 at 1.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I'm sorry but I haven't a lot of experience outside of Staffordshire or Cheshire.
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   Old Thread  #162 11 May 2017 at 11.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Let's put it this way, Paul. It's definitely not in Staffordshire!
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   Old Thread  #161 10 May 2017 at 3.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not a clue mate,don't tell me its on my door step or I'll kick myself,i could name a place but the farm building in the back ground doesn't fit.
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   Old Thread  #159 10 Apr 2017 at 10.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good read ken, keep em coming mate, don't forget to save some for the book.
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   Old Thread  #158 10 Apr 2017 at 3.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #157 10 Apr 2017 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A further three mixes produced another seven fish including, Humpy at just under 19lb, the Pet at 21lb 2oz, landed at one in the morning, returned without a pic, and Goldie at 19lb 4oz.

This is Humpy going back.



And this is Goldie. The self-takes pix that were taken at the time of this capture did not come out well so I have used this one of Goldie at the time of a subsequent capture. I think the colour on the trees provides a perfect background. I think this is a fantastic pic and thanks go to Tat for doing such a good job!



And here's Goldie going back ...



And so the session came to an end with a dozen coming to the next…And this from a lake where every take is regarded as a precious gift from the gods and one fish a session is good going. This is the final page of my diary for that memorable session first on College and then on Salamander.



Two trips; ten twenties. Thank you Tim and Keith. Where would I have been without you!

As a rather nice footnote, I returned to Salamander for a short day session while my car was at the car doctor’s just down the road. I had only one take, but it was The Pet once again, and this time I did manage a pic or two!

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There was only one other angler on the lake, a local policeman called Dave. He had been developing nicely as an angler and was also well and truly hooked on the idea and concept of quality bait. Dave was down at the outlet end of the lake and he reported lots of movement in front of him with fish puffing up the bottom. I wished him luck between gritted teeth. When they are clouding up like this the Salamander fish seem to loose all caution. This madness doesn’t last long, however, and you need to be on your toes to take advantage of it.

I had a good kip that first night, undisturbed by any carpy action whatsoever, but when I crept down to my left hand baited area the following morning I saw that all the bait had gone. The eels in Salamander were notorious bait robbers and any bait with milks in was asking for a visit. The resident swans too were not averse to wiping you out during the night. Undaunted I put a fresh (frozen) mix of The Bait into the swim and rebaited with the same bait as hookbaits, and at 10.00h that morning had a big old mirror we had nicknamed Gutbucket, with good reason, as you can see from the photo!



Now one fish per 24 hours is considered good going at Salamander so when I had two more before nightfall including another twenty, Jellybelly at 23lb 6oz, I thought things could not get any better. This is the relevant page from my diary on the 3rd October 1987 after a blank first night.



Things most certainly did get better…I had Big Daddy at noon the next day and persuaded Dave to give me a lift back home for more bait. His payment was a mix for himself. He used it well, opening his Salamander account with, unfortunately, the smallest fish in the lake! Here Daddy rests grudgingly in the landing net!



And here's the old girl going back.



And this is Dave the Plod with his first Salamander carp. The first is always the hardest to catch, so the folk lore has it. There must be some truth in that old adage as he went on to fill his boots in the subsequent years.

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The rain continued to teem and the fish continued to feed. Three more twenties followed, a 23lb common and mirrors of 21lb 12oz and 20lb 2oz. This made it four twenties on the trot. Everything right was coming together at once, the bait, the hookbaits and the weather. Peering out into the lowering skies I saw a carp poke its head and shoulders out less than thirty yards out. It was shallow there…we waded past that spot to cast for heaven's sake. Still, if that’s where they want to feed, then that’s where I’ll put the baits! This is page two of the relevant diary entries.



I put in some more bait and added fresh hookbaits to the hairs and cast all three to the general area where I had seen the fish and then sat down to my first meal for over 24 hours. Somehow in all the excitement I had completely forgotten to eat! Then half way through my meal I had the fish we called the Near Leather. This was a comparatively rare capture during College's 'special years' as it was seldom caught.



The rain had long ago stopped but the midnight shipping gave gales on the way and falling pressure. I took advantage of the lull to clean the bivvy of accumulated mud and debris, some of which was clinging to the roof…How on earth did it get up there?

At one in the morning I had the most friendly carp in the lake, Two Scales at 18lb 6oz. It was widely thought that she had died after the peanut blitz as she had looked rough as rats on her last capture. I popped her in a sack to show Gra in the morning - he had now moved into the Swamp.



I then decided to part with the rest of my frozen bait and three fresh hookbaits. I had to be away by ten that morning and I never took any bait home with me. The final four mixes including all but half a dozen overloaded hookbaits went out onto the hole in the weed where the fish had showed. It was so close in and therefore shallow I could have put them in by hand if I’d had my chesties.

Graham, now in the Swamp, came up to the Ponderosa for a social so we shared a glass or three before tuning in. Two fish on at once came at 04.50, then a lull until a double figure common at 08.15. With only three hookbaits left I rebaited and chucked these out to the same area and within the hour had another big double on the bank. The fish were showing all over the baited area, though I doubt there was much bait left apart from the smell of the solubles and the rapidly dissolving and softening paste that had once been boiled bait. Further takes were a racing cert and they came half an hour apart at 09.20h and 09.50h, the final fish being an awesome half-linear mirror with a huge mouth, that went by the unlovely name of Big Gob! Gra did the pix and I packed up, thankful that I had managed to do so in the dry.



Well that was very nice I said to myself as I left the car park; five twenties and nine back ups! Must try to get back here soon as possible…But my plans to revisit College were thwarted by a car that adamantly refused to start…so I got a taxi to Salamander instead.

The generally low pressure that had been sweeping Cornwall for a couple of weeks showed no signs of moving on. Water temperatures hovered around the magical 50 degree mark (I say magical, as in my experience this is the optimum temperature for sustained feeding activity. I have been convinced of this fact ever since reading Carp Fever, in which KM draws similar conclusions. If they are good enough for him, then they are good enough for me.)

I went into the Lifebelt swim and fished with two rods away down along the left hand margins, heavily baited, and the other away along the right hand margins baited only with a stringer of mini baits to bring them onto the high attract Betaine Special hookbaits.

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