In a change of plan we headed to the Small Lake at Hall Farm rather than Malcolm Barker. After another cold week the hope was we would get a few more fish.
We ended up with a pretty mild day if a bit on the cloudy side but no wind thankfully as I was expecting any bites to be pretty difficult to see. Out came a corner peg for me and I set up a couple of rigs expecting to need to fish a long pole in the shallow, clear water. Well the fish were not playing ball. An hour in and not a sign and I was not the only one. Time to try something else. Finally I had a bite down towards some reeds, only a small roach but something.
Phil to my right also started picking up the odd roach as did Mark opposite but it was very slow going. John then had a carp over in the far corner which wiped out the small roach so far caught and that was pretty much the pattern for the day. A few small roach and then the odd carp coming out. Sadly my carp was just a baby and I needed his older brother or sister.
1st Mark Halverson 4lbs 7oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill 4lbs 3oz and 3rd John Todd 3lbs 14oz.
The photo today has Mark over on the left, John in the middle and Fred to the right - and a mirror calm lake.