Horton Church Lake – Thorpe Park Leney
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