My debut visit went all White!
ILOVE a bit of winter carp fishing, but these days I am long past sitting out for long sessions or even an overnighter.
With the shorter days, I like to pick well-stocked waters where I have a chance of catching a few fish in a short session, and they don’t have to be monsters – just a few doubles with the potential of catching a 20. For me, it is all about enjoying some action on a short session.
One such venue that really fits the bill is Whitemoor Lakes, near Holt, in East Dorset, and it’s the Main Lake that I recently headed for. It’s around 2.5 acres and was dug in 1995 by Paul Miller, who runs the fishery with his son Tom. As well as the Main Lake, there is also the Canal and the Top Lake, which are ideal for matches and fun fishing.
The Main Lake is horseshoe shaped with six islands, beds of lily pads and rushes, which really make up a lot of very interesting and intimate swims. I fished on the main peninsula out to the right-hand side of the horseshoe, where there was a lovely broken island just an underarm cast away.
With several ovenight frosts on the trot, and with a bitterly cold easterly wind, I did begin to wonder whether I had picked the wrong day for my first visit to Whitemoor.
Realising it was going to be quite tough, I set up all three rods with simple running rigs, consisting of 1.25 oz pearshaped leads on 10 lb main line, stopped with a Flexi Ring Swivel and a couple of buffer beads to protect the knot.
The hook link consisted of around 9 in. of 8 lb Drennan Gravel braid. This is very low in diameter and sinks like a stone – just perfect for a discreet rig.
I then tied a size 10 Fox SSBP barbless hook to 2 lb mono with a knotless knot but without the hair. This I made from 2 lb breaking strain mono, and attached it to the bend of the hook with two 10 mm frozen Tuttis. I have always found that this creates an aggressive angle to the point of the hook, which promotes a high degree of selfhooking without having to use a heavy semi-fixed lead.
To each of the rigs I attached a small PVA bag about the size of a ping-pong ball with a
Bait menu for the day – 6 mm pellets, 10 mm Richworth frozen Tutti Fruttis and luncheon meat.
Andy settles in on the Main Lake at Whitemoor, carefully positioning his bait close to the island.