Far­lows sur­face fish­ing

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Carl & Alex -

Alex – Through­out the whole of the win­ter and early spring, I have been beg­ging for some warmer weather. Fi­nally it’s come along and Carl and I feel like we’ve made the most of it! I have done plenty of quick ses­sions stalk­ing carp at some of my lo­cal ponds, but we have also taken the time to travel up to Far­lows Lake to tar­get some of the in­cred­i­ble carp it’s know for. The main rea­son for head­ing up to Far­lows was for the grand open­ing of Eric’s new angling shop and we were kindly in­vited as guests for three days. We have fished Far­lows in the past but it’s an­noy­ingly never been sur­face fish­ing con­di­tions, but we were pleased to see the fore­cast show­ing sun all week­end! It was on, time to catch a Far­lows carp off the sur­face. Well, that was the plan. The week­end came and the bright, warm sun had brought pretty much ev­ery carp in the lake to the sur­face lay­ers and we saw so many big carp as we walked around. In par­tic­u­lar we found a large group of fish in a reedy chan­nel be­tween a cou­ple of bays and soon had the oc­ca­sional fish tak­ing mix­ers. Carl was on it in an in­stant and quickly tied a free­lined set up and sim­ply side-hooked a fake mixer so that most the hook was still show­ing.

It took a while to get the fish com­pet­ing, but Carl did man­age three fish in the few hours we spent in the reedy chan­nel. One was a low 20lb, dark-as-you-like com­mon and the other two were mir­rors. All were big, beau­ti­ful carp, one be­ing a near 30lb heav­ily-scaled mir­ror. Ex­actly what we came for and Carl was chuffed to get off the mark so quickly. I, how­ever, didn’t man­age a sin­gle bite. I think this was be­cause I opted for a con­troller float that wasn’t re­ally needed be­cause it was only a very short cast and I spooked the fish away from my bait ev­ery cast, un­like free-lin­ing where it is pos­si­ble to cast with min­i­mal dis­tur­bance. That evening the fish moved out of the shal­lows and so did we, round to some deeper wa­ter in peg 61 where there was still a cou­ple of fish cruis­ing on the sur­face. Af­ter get­ting a cou­ple of rigs pre­sented on the bot­tom with boilies, I cat­a­pulted out some mix­ers to the is­lands to the right and soon had a cou­ple tak­ing con­fi­dently. I kept the bait go­ing in lit­tle-and-of­ten un­til more and more fish joined in the feed. I cast my con­troller float to 40 yards in be­tween a gap in the is­lands and, 10 min­utes later, I had a beau­ti­ful big com­mon in the net! The next day we had a cou­ple more from Lake 1 but, be­cause some of the swims were be­ing closed for the open day, we moved to Lake 2 where we got the fish feed­ing re­ally con­fi­dently. We fished a num­ber of dif­fer­ent swims, mainly the weedy ar­eas where the fish were sun­bathing and over the next two days we landed a to­tal of 15 more carp, mostly scaly mir­rors with the odd com­mon mixed in. Alan Blair from Nash even turned up for the open day and was des­per­ate to catch a carp. He asked us where his best chance of a bite off the top would be so we walked round to a weedy bay on Lake 2. It didn’t take Alan long to hook and land a low dou­ble mir­ror and he was over the moon to catch his first ever Far­lows carp. Ev­ery take we had was awe­some! See­ing the fish swim up to the hook­bait, slurp in the pop-up and then watch­ing as the float whipped across the sur­face. We loved ev­ery minute of it. Even bet­ter, all the fish were caught us­ing cheap Tesco mix­ers as feed and a trimmed down TGAc­tive pop-up as hook­bait. A sim­ple, cheap way to fish, and proper ex­it­ing! Af­ter that ses­sion we felt the need to make the most of the warm weather and re­turn to Far­lows. The next trip was just a day ses­sion but we still man­aged to get a few fish feed­ing on Lake 1. We were in peg 7 next to a large weedbed where the fish ob­vi­ously felt very safe. We kept a con­stant drift of mix­ers go­ing over the fish hop­ing to draw them away from their safe sanc­tu­ary in the weed. Carl and I landed two fish that day, again both 20lb+ scaly mir­rors that fought like trains. We were amazed at the av­er­age size and qual­ity of Far­lows’ fish, which not many other places can beat. I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend a ses­sion there if you want to have some great sur­face ac­tion. Just choose the right day when the wind is light the sun is out. Good luck!

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