Mess­ing­ham Sands – win­ter 2000

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Prob­a­bly the best way to change your life is a mar­i­tal breakup and, al­though I was not mar­ried, my part­ing from Julie was just the (sad) kick I needed to move to new wa­ters and try new things. Brian had long ex­tolled the virtues of a wa­ter not too far from him called Mess­ing­ham Sands and its po­ten­tial for good win­ter fish­ing. I’d spent a few years win­ter fish­ing at Catch 22 and Tyram Hall so some­thing new seemed a good idea. It was time to pull on my big boy pants and start afresh... in more ways than one. Un­like most venues that I fish I de­cided not to have a pre­lim­i­nary visit but, in­stead, just to turn up and fish it with Brian and his son, Mar­tyn. Even more strangely, I de­cided not to do too much delv­ing into what may or may not work and in­stead, sim­ply take what I had con­fi­dence in. That was small, high at­tract pop-ups, ball pel­lets and braided main line. Those Mess­ing­ham carp had bet­ter get ready I thought to my­self.

The first trip was a Sat­ur­day in early De­cem­ber and I met Brian and Mar­tyn at the gates of the fish­ery. A typ­i­cal cold win­ter day greeted us and with no one else on the syn­di­cate lake it all felt very nice in­deed. To be hon­est I was still com­ing to terms with the breakup and fish­ing was not my top pri­or­ity. Yes, it was nice to be out with friends but once the rods were out I wasn’t un­duly con­cerned with catch­ing, but about get­ting my sh*t to­gether. We de­cided to make it a so­cial, so se­lected the first three swims on the road bank and, with two rods apiece, plopped them out at any­thing from 30-60 yards.

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