Hor­ton Church Lake – Thorpe Park Leney

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The Thorpe Park Leney was an­other fish that ap­pealed to me af­ter see­ing pic­tures on the wall in what was the old lodge. Not the largest res­i­dent but with its Gali­cian-strain looks – its long body and scales spread out across the flanks, its dis­tinc­tive snub nose and beau­ti­ful golden colour – all this made it unique and spe­cial. This fish was moved over from Thorpe Park Lake and con­tin­ues to thrive in the Church Lake’s wa­ters. To brace two Thorpe Park fish in the same ses­sion from the Ski Slope (the other be­ing Lin­ford) was a spe­cial mo­ment in my time on the Church. The Ski Slope swim has been very gen­er­ous to me over the years and the deep, silty wa­ter just this side of a shal­lower area known as Cap­tors ap­pears to be a hold­ing area for fish when the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is down, and the late win­ter and early spring sun starts to make more of a reg­u­lar ap­pear­ance. The air pres­sure ap­pears to have no ef­fect on when the fish want to feed in this deeper area of the lake – in fact I pre­fer to fish the swim when the pres­sure is high.

Air pres­sure has al­ways been some­thing an­glers turn to as an in­di­ca­tor on how the fish might be­have and when they are most likely to feed and that de­sir­able, su­per-low pres­sure be­low 990 on most lakes gives an ex­cel­lent chance of a bite or two. The Church has con­sis­tently be­haved dif­fer­ently to all the wa­ters I have fished over the years, and some of my best ses­sions and most mem­o­rable cap­tures have been when the air pres­sure is read­ing above 1025 on the barom­e­ter – fish­ing deep wa­ter and in the mid­dle of the af­ter­noon. Why the Church has the ten­dency to fish dif­fer­ently to other wa­ters is some­thing I have al­ways tried to un­der­stand but prob­a­bly never will. Never think, just be­cause there is high pres­sure, that the carp aren’t go­ing to be feed­ing in the deeper wa­ter and are cruis­ing around in the up­per lay­ers, as it’s just not al­ways the case on Church. Per­son­ally, I fo­cus more on moon phases for op­ti­mum fish­ing con­di­tions and es­pe­cially when try­ing to tar­get spe­cific fish. Link­ing moon phases to when cer­tain fish get cap­tured has cer­tainly paid div­i­dends for me in more re­cent years. Co­in­ci­dence, maybe, but it works for me and I have al­ways be­lieved that it’s more about tim­ing, rather than time spent on the bank.

The Ski Slope swim has been very gen­er­ous to me over the years and the deep, silty wa­ter just this side of a shal­lower area known as Cap­tors ap­pears to be a hold­ing area for fish when the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is down

TOP Springate’s on Church Lake

BOT­TOM A prime ex­am­ple of size not be­ing ev­ery­thing. The Church’s Thorpe Park Leney

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