Bayes with the boys
Billy joins a pal at a day ticket water that he fancies for winter.
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.