This is an idyllic little water, nestled within a forest. It takes a little bit of walking to get to the lake, and there are only limited swims, so you are taking a gamble going there. On this occasion I was lucky enough to get what I consider to be the best swim at the top end, next to the lilly pads.
Float-fishing and loose feeding corn was the method this time around, scouring the mirror-like surface for bubbles. Classic Crucian and Tench fishing. I stayed into the dark, but after catching a few dog roach, this 3lbs 1oz Crucian lifted the float.
As the light began to fade, it’s smaller kompis slid over the net.
The light was going fast, but I was just able to spot some bubbles on the surface just beyond the rod top, so I just plonked the float in without re-plumbing for the correct depth and within 30 seconds it was away, resulting in this small male tinca.