Day Three

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And it was all change. With all the pre­vi­ous week’s oc­cu­pants hav­ing left Heron, we packed en masse and moved the short dis­tance next door. We spread our­selves fairly sen­si­bly around the 35-acres, al­though Sean chose to go slap-bang op­po­site me. Stan­dard. At least I must have been in the right area, as he’s many things but waste­ful isn’t one.

Buoyed by the fish, how­ever they were caught, I was gen­uinely rel­ish­ing the thought of still hav­ing a full week’s fish­ing ahead of me, with the pres­sure off. I had come with a plan, one I’d had in my head since the ill-fated May trip. Sadly that didn’t in­volve the use of any par­ti­cle, hemp and corn aside. Hav­ing had a rummage in Sean’s buck­ets over the past cou­ple of days, it was ap­par­ent he was feed­ing them an aw­ful lot of noth­ing! I won’t di­vulge what it was that he was us­ing but it was a lit­tle left­field to say the least and I’d not seen any­one us­ing it in any quan­tity since I had, al­most five years ago.

Hav­ing man­aged to source one of the in­gre­di­ents, I threw to­gether a lit­tle mix of my own, had a lead around for some spots, both old and new and pro­ceeded to give them just three Spombs each. I had plenty of bait but not know­ing ex­actly where the fish were for a change, I didn’t want to go balls deep from the off, only to have to up sticks and move later on. After dark, the min­i­mal­ist ap­proach ap­peared to have worked with three fish through the night, al­beit with noth­ing much over mid-20s to write home about.

ABOVE TOPDay three and it was all change. Sean nicked this one on the way across to Heron

ABOVE BOT­TOM Two down, one to go. Chris’ fish just left Gra­ham to catch TOP LEFT Sha­mone! MJ rocked up in my swim with a 45lb 8oz com­mon MID­DLE LEFT One of a num­ber of very big fish on day two LEFT Ev­ery­one reeled in for the first re­ally big fish of the week

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