My de­but visit went all White!

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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.

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