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13 hours ago, Big Bass said:

Awww my giddy aunt.... gutted for you 

I must admit I'm not normally gutted at losing fish,  move on , recast and catch another is my way of thinking. Though   seeing what it was and how big my head dropped, I was truly gutted. 

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45 minutes ago, yonny said:

I am loving these posts mate.

That is ridiculous↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓. What a fish, and a fantastic shot too.

 

Cheers yonny,  loving  your posts too mate. I read your reports at the time but now seeing the captures to go with them is special mate. 

As for the fish, it is a corker. One that everyone wanted and you can't beat a returner shot. Must admit there weren't many anglers on there that id give my camera to but the few I did certainly had an eye for a shot. 

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15 hours ago, emmcee said:

I must admit I'm not normally gutted at losing fish,  move on , recast and catch another is my way of thinking. Though   seeing what it was and how big my head dropped, I was truly gutted. 

Almost happened to me in Oxfordshire played a really big fish for a long time got weed jammed in the top eye I’m in the water barefooted water up to my crutch the fish is there beaten just beyond the net a big Common... I dropped the rod and pulled the line and her over the cord..... Happy days but soo close to being one of the saddest. 

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So after losing that fish at the net and fishing every weekend of that season to that point  I kind of felt deflated. Daft really as I'd have taken anything as a bonus after the very slow summer early autumn. So  with Christmas approaching I decided to have a break for the rest of December.  As usual though I kept the bait going in no matter what. I recall no more captures to anyone for the rest of December though the weekend of the 12th and 13th of January 2 of my mates both caught. I went down to help with the photos. One mate was fishing the opposite end of the lake to where I had been fishing. So I got to his swim and the sack came out the water. Undo the zip and there was a nice 32lb mirror but what made it even better for me was that the bottom of his sack was full of my red milk protein bait.  Pictures done and off down the end where I'd been fishing/baiting.  My other mate was fishing about 150yds up the bank from my main baited swim.  He gets his fish out and once again his sack was full of my bait. Seen enough so the next weekend I obviously started fishing again and had my good session.  

After that good session the next weekend just turned into a bit of beer up if im honest. The previous weekend had been amazing for a few of us so a bit of trotting and socialising was done. Nothing was caught this particular weekend mind, though we did try, kind of haha. 

Now the following weekend and it was my usual arrival on a Friday about 3/ 3-30. Rods out, sit back and chill. It was a big full moon that weekend as it was shining down lighting up the lake one of my had a slow take on it. I instantly thought  chunk, but it turned out to be a 27lb common, my smallest fish that winter. The rest of the weekend past without anything doing but a fish was a result. d16.thumb.jpg.6e59176b367f99a37562098d9fffcfe2.jpg

I didn't fish the following weekend as I was out celebrating my birthday which was on the Wednesday coming up and I'd booked it off along with the Thursday and friday. So with my baiting up all through the season, I was baiting on a Wednesday and a Friday.  So this was to be the first time I'd fish a Wednesday.  I got down and one other angler on and he was fishing about 100yds round the bank from me. Sadly by this time the half dozen of us who had fished all winter had been dropped in it so to speak by someone letting on what we had been catching that winter. Still to this day I'm not sure who let it slip, but up until that point no one else had fished that winter. Still I was plotted in my swim and bang on the spots. Sadly no birthday fish for me and nothing seen by myself or the other angler.  That changed around first light  of the Thursday morning.   About 200yds up the lake a right kipper stuck its head out, that was all I needed to see. I just sat on my bed thinking he's coming down for his breakfast.  7-00 and a couple of liners on my middle rod had me set and ready for a bite any moment. 7-10, no bite but still liners. 7- 20 and left rod starts having liners, my god they are on me big time. The next thing I know my right hand rod is melting, the last rod I thought would go due to the liners. A proper battle ensued, the fish finding every rotten weed bed it could but fortunately it was dead and steady pressure had it out of one and into another. I get the fish about 20 yes out and it rolls, a proper lump.  I instantly recognized the shape of the fish and the top lobe of its tail not being rounded, it could only be "paw print", the same fish I'd lost in December.  This time though I had the happy ending. My suspicions from that loss in December were right though, it did look big and at 44lb 06oz it was at its biggest weight having never been 40lb before. So my birthday present was only a few hours late. The rest of the session saw no more action. After the fish all my liners stopped and everything, nevermind,  there was always the next session.  d17.thumb.jpg.dcd2f3c733a10e97d24a17ca67967932.jpgd18.thumb.jpg.72b581b782b8fe41a49fa0c48fe8152d.jpg

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14 minutes ago, Big Bass said:

Im glad you got it ..... I was thinking come on ... come on.  Must have been a great relief seeing the tail. And all this in the  winter 👍

 

It certainly had my heart pumping as I'd seen how big it was when I lost it. And yes all in winter, a winter I know I will find near on impossible to match let alone better. 

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So after catching paw print on my last session and word spreading like wild fire as it does, all the armchair anglers or as we called them "dial-a-bites" started to appear down the lake. From no one fishing midweek and the 6 of us at a weekend,  it was now 5 or 6 every night during the week and 10 to 15 anglers at a weekend.  I knew I'd struggle to bait up now as it was fully known now what I'd caught and where from. So to continue my baiting up on a Wednesday I decided I had to fish and hope no one would jump in the swim. Arrived down after work on the Wednesday to a busy car park, my heart sunk. Still I pushed the Barrow, passing 4 or 5 anglers in the middle area, I might be lucky I thought. Get to peg 8, this is about 200yds up the lake and find the bloke who took the pictures of paw print for me chatting with another angler. They both turned and said " sorry mate but we did tell him you'd be down". I was gutted, but as I looked through  the trees the angler in question had actually set up  in the swim next door. So I push my barrow round, getting more and more wound up. I get to mateys swim, " alright, scott you've done alright so i hear. Where you heading?" I said next door, " oh I didnt realise that's where you'd been fishing ". I told him the 2 lads up the bank had said to him I'd be down and where I'd been fishing,  he looked sheepish and ducked back under his brolly. Now not that the swim was mine but on dinton there was an unwritten rule that you'd leave someone alone if they were baiting regularly and catching and this angler was always left alone so for him to do it I lost a fair bit of respect for him. Now with my back up I was a bit naughty and I literally spodded every half hour, all through the night. Suffice to say neither of us caught. Not my proudest moment and no excuse but I'd always left him alone and everyone else for that matter so just thought I'd get the same back. 

I return once again at my usual time on friday, rods out and settled in by dark. Now I recall struggling to hit my right hand spot, it was going down softer and I was pulling weed in. My only conclusion was the fish had been in and smashed it up. About 10PM and the liners started. Middle rod first, then left. Same as my midweek session. By midnight and all was quiet again. Doubt started setting in, had I been done? Was I tangled? With my bites being mainly during darkness or a couple of hours into first light I decided to leave them. I don't know why but I decided to put some more bait in, hopefully spook any fish that were present and go for a  rechuck as I was convinced by now something was amiss. Left rod a pouch of boilies followed by another.  Middle rod a pouch load, followed by another. Left rod, liners start again. What the ####? 15-20 mins and the liners transfer to the middle rod. Odd indeed. This went on for a couple of hours, liners would stop so I'd top up the spots and they would start again. I crashed out at god knows what time but in the morning I was going to recast.  By 7-30 all rods were recast and topped up and all were fine on there retrieval. 10am and bite time had gone and no liners either. I scratched my head wondering what had gone on, fingers crossed they'd be back tonight. Midday and liners started again. I was trying to think what was going on and came to the conclusion that with the influx of anglers the fish were more active and visiting my spots more regularly,  that's what I thought anyway. Looking at the spots and a fish known as "Sid" sticks its head out right on me, a 50lber,  come on let's have it.  12-20 and the rod gives a slow take and I hit it expecting a heavy weight but not not be. A spirited fight, it felt decent and at times heavy, this is it I thought until a dark mirror rolled in front of me, gutted. I can honestly say that's the first and last time I've been gutted to see a 30lb mirror in my net. 32lb 08oz in fact and a nice one too. 

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Once again this seemed to kill off the fishing for me for the remainder of the weekend.  

I continue baiting as and when I could but this was getting harder and harder and the following weekend there was someone left and right of the swim so I left it be. The following weekend was the last weekend of the season so I took half day on the Friday and it payed off as I got my swim. By the time evening arrived the lake was very busy, I didnt hold out much hope especially with someone to my right which meant my right hand rod would have to be moved. So 2 rods on the middle spot and left rod as it was. Due to the amount of liners I'd been having in the last few weeks I put 2kg in on the middle rod spot. I recall nothing happened until about 2am when the liners started. 4am and one of the rods on the same spot was away. I don't know how but I was lucky that it stayed clear of my other rod on that spot and netted the fish. Head torch on and nice chunky common lays in my net and at 36lb 02oz it certainly was chunky.  

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By 10am and someone goes In the swim the other side of me, not even asking where I'm casting. After telling him that not only was he messing my chances up but more to the point his own. I walked away shaking my head but to hell with it, I'd had a stonker of a winter so spent the rest of the weekend socialising and suffice to say the 3 of us on my bank caught nothing. 

 

Now to upload some more pics ready for a few more dinton tales. 

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4 hours ago, emmcee said:

Looking at the spots and a fish known as "Sid" sticks its head out right on me

Squeaky bum time lol.

I'm primarily a weekend angler so understand the struggles that come with other anglers. You just have to deal with it mate. Take your chances when they come, which you clearly do 🐋

Fantastic tale as usual mate.

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3 hours ago, yonny said:

Squeaky bum time lol.

I'm primarily a weekend angler so understand the struggles that come with other anglers. You just have to deal with it mate. Take your chances when they come, which you clearly do 🐋

Fantastic tale as usual mate.

Certainly was squeaky bum time, it wasn't the best looking fish by a long way but it was massive so on my wanted list at the time.

I normally let it go over my head mate as it's the risk I take when pre-baiting, but this once annoyed me. Simply because it was someone who had always said he'd never step on "someone's toes" ,and he was told where i had been fishing and that I was due down to which he apparently replied "##c# him". He has been around years this angler and quite well known. He certainly went downhill in my estimations and went down even further when I saw him do something that was in my opinion not the done thing when on black swan.  Still in the past now. Haha 

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3 hours ago, emmcee said:

Certainly was squeaky bum time, it wasn't the best looking fish by a long way but it was massive so on my wanted list at the time.

I normally let it go over my head mate as it's the risk I take when pre-baiting, but this once annoyed me. Simply because it was someone who had always said he'd never step on "someone's toes" ,and he was told where i had been fishing and that I was due down to which he apparently replied "##c# him". He has been around years this angler and quite well known. He certainly went downhill in my estimations and went down even further when I saw him do something that was in my opinion not the done thing when on black swan.  Still in the past now. Haha 

Any clues as to whom it was ? 😁

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1 hour ago, elmoputney said:

Not sure if you have heard it emmcee but the latest bait works podcast has Simon Bartlam on it talking about Dinton, thought you may enjoy it, I'm finding it quite interesting thus far 

I'll look it up, cheers 

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3 hours ago, elmoputney said:

Not sure if you have heard it emmcee but the latest bait works podcast has Simon Bartlam on it talking about Dinton, thought you may enjoy it, I'm finding it quite interesting thus far 

Well I've never listened to a single podcast in my life until now. Simon certainly knows his stuff and top bloke to boot. Some of what I mentions I was witness too, the floods being one of them. There was about 10- 15 of us down there on the sunday morning. It would have burst its banks sometime during the saturday night. Fish were indeed everywhere.  

I enjoyed it, cheers for pointing it out 👍

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There are lots of other good ones out there, 

Korda one isn't bad, I do like the bait works ones generally, the carp cast is OK apart from all the adverts and sponsored bits, if you like Lee mozza Morris the dna ones are quite good and funny, and the Nash ones are OK, if you like comedy there are loads of good ones, basically podcasts are great I now rarely listen to music when I drive just podcasts these days 👍

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