The es­tate of play

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - The Estate of Play -

As is of­ten the way in fish­ing, it was at this mo­ment that the bob­bin on the right-hand rod slammed up to the car­bon and line be­gan strip­ping from the reel. I dis­en­gaged the bait run­ner and the rod took on a healthy curve as the fish, which from the speed of the run was clearly not a bream and felt more like a de­cent tench, kited to my right. Af­ter a few more less pow­er­ful runs closer in, I even­tu­ally slipped the net un­der a small chunky com­mon carp and not the tench which I orig­i­nally sus­pected was the cul­prit. De­spite reg­u­larly re­cast­ing and oc­ca­sional signs of fish still be­ing in the area, my alarms re­mained silent for the af­ter­noon. That, how­ever, is what fish­ing es­tate lakes can be like. If you want an arm-aching bag­ging ses­sion then stick to com­mer­cials. But if you’re happy to lower ex­pec­ta­tions and have a chance of a stun­ning fish or two in un­ri­valled sur­round­ings then give es­tate lakes a go. You won’t re­gret it!

The swim was primed with a few balls of ground­bait

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