Nothing jaded about
EMERALD Pool Fishery, which is just a long cast from the banks of the Huntspill River at Puriton, near Bridgwater, in Somerset, is a superb location for a great day's sport. When I lived closer to the venue, a few years ago, I fished it frequently, but I haven’t been there for several years.
There are several lakes on site. The original Emerald
Pool always was, and still is, a bagging pool, where 100 lb catches of carp are regular occurrences, as are equally impressive nets of silver fish.
Over the years, other lakes have joined Emerald, including Ruby, Sapphire and Jade. In the past, I have finished a session with big bags of carp and silver fish on Emerald and Sapphire, but one of my most enjoyable days came in the winter, when it very cold and snowing, but I still managed a decent haul of Emerald carp on a pole.
I decided to join my regular fishing buddy, Shawn Kittridge, for this session. I had never fished Jade before, so we decided to try it for this feature. Jade was intended to be a specimen carp lake, but the fish bred like fury, and while doubles and 20s are present, there is a larger head of single-figure carp, alongside big shoals of skimmers.
Shawn was going to use match tactics for the silver fish, while I was going to adopt a more specimen-style approach, targeting the carp.
The British weather decided to pull one of its regular stunts; despite the recent cold snap, with wind and rain, we arrived to a flat calm lake and a bright, clear sky!
It was t-shirt weather, and you could be forgiven for thinking that this was summer, instead of a week in mid-autumn.
Straight to the point
To make it interesting, we elected to fish a popular swim on the point of the lake, which is large enough for two anglers, making it a great choice for a social day's angling.
Shawn set up to the righthand side of the swim, and I set up to the left. My initial tack was to drop a rig under the
Shawn managed to trick this clean common on my carp gear. overhanging tree in the left-hand margin, while offering another in open water, 25 yards out, towards the middle of the lake.
Walnut-sized PVA mesh bags of pellets and a small, bright pop-up boilie would hopefully tempt some action.
Shawn fished five pole sections out, in 3-4 ft of water, feeding and fishing casters.
It didn’t take long for him to start slaying the small skimmers, enjoying a bite a cast while I was still waiting for a take.
There were a few other anglers on the lake, and I could see the guys opposite us were catching carp off the surface.
The Flying Scotsman
I reeled in, as I wanted to have a closer look around the lake, and bumped into none other than professional darts superstar