Bayes with the boys

Billy joins a pal at a day ticket wa­ter that he fan­cies for win­ter.

Anglers Mail - - Carp Crew - Billy Jamie

HE clocks have changed and nights are re­ally draw­ing in, so I’ve been look­ing into where I will be con­cen­trat­ing this win­ter. For me, the cooler times are pri­mar­ily about tar­get­ing smaller waters with a good head of fish, as this will max­imise the chances of a bite.

The two venues I have in mind are Myths Pool and Bayeswa­ter. Both are day ticket lakes in Es­sex.

Myths Pool is my own fish­ery, 2.7 acres, with around 100 fish to just shy of 47 lb. It has a good track record in the colder months, too, so quite clearly is a firm favourite. I keep in tune with it, find­ing out which ar­eas are pro­duc­ing fish, which is very handy to know as the carp be­gin to shoal up.

Bayeswa­ter is six acres and with a good head of de­cent fish, the big­gest just over 40 lb at the right time of year, and the

Tma­jor­ity are over 20 lb. I hadn’t fished Bayeswa­ter for a good few years, so when my friend Nick Bour­don men­tioned to me he was do­ing a weekend there I thought I would join him for a 24-hour ses­sion. Nick ar­rived late evening on the Fri­day and got set up, and I met him down there at first light on the Satur­day. noth­ing had been out to any­one else, so it seemed to be slow.

As soon as I got my bar­row in the swim I saw a fish show out in the mid­dle. No time to waste, a rod went straight on it and the next rod was po­si­tioned to the right of it.

■ Billy Flow­ers was chuffed to be on the other side of the lens to cap­ture his pal Nick Bour­don’s 35 lb mir­ror, a new per­sonal best.

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