Dis­cov­er­ing Day Tick­ets

Loz gets to fish on his doorstep for a change. Lowd­ham’s Trent View fish­ery is the set­ting for this month’s chal­lenge. It is a large wa­ter with a stag­ger­ing head of fish, in­clud­ing a hand­ful of thir­ties

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Loz gets to fish on his doorstep for a change. Lowd­ham’s Trent View fish­ery is the set­ting for this month’s chal­lenge. It is a large wa­ter with a stag­ger­ing head of fish, in­clud­ing a hand­ful of thir­ties

Trent View is a beau­ti­ful 28acre gravel pit lo­cated in Not­ting­hamshire which holds a stag­ger­ing stock of over 2000 carp. The venue is still in its in­fancy and re­cently opened to the gen­eral pub­lic as an open-ac­cess venue in 2015. De­spite be­ing young in age the lake’s stock have re­ally blos­somed and the venue is now home to hun­dreds of 20lb-plus fish, with ten dif­fer­ent 30lb tar­get fish. The av­er­age size is around the 16lb to 18lb mark which is quite ex­cep­tional con­sid­er­ing the fish were only stocked four years ago in 2014. The fish­ery man­ager, Ian, re­li­ably in­forms me that they feed 60kg of pel­lets into the lake, five days a week, from March un­til Oc­to­ber which cer­tainly con­trib­utes to­wards the suc­cess­ful growth rate of the fish.

You can find the venue us­ing the fol­low­ing ad­dress: Gon­al­ston Lane, Lowd­ham, Not­ting­ham, NG14 7JJ and con­tact the fish­ery on the fol­low­ing mo­bile num­ber: 07905 247777. I would strongly rec­om­mend that if you want to book onto the venue you call first, in or­der to find out the avail­abil­ity and which swims are free. An added bonus to the fish­ery is that if the ground is dry enough, you will be able to drive to your swim and park be­hind your peg. With that said, if the ground is too wet you will have to use a bar­row. This is mainly dur­ing the win­ter months how­ever, and in the mean­time, most an­glers to choose to fish out of their car or vans.

An­other great way of keep­ing up to date with the fish­ery is fol­low­ing it on so­cial me­dia. The lake’s Face­book page is Trent View Fish­ery and their In­sta­gram ac­count is @tren­t_view_bailiff. Reg­u­lar catch re­ports are posted, which are great, if you want to know ex­actly how the lake is fish­ing prior to your ses­sion. The fish­ery web­site www.trentview­carp­fish­ery.co.uk is also a fan­tas­tic way of an­swer­ing any queries you may have about the fish­ery.

Prices for the venue are as fol­lows: £15 for 12-hours, £25 for 24-hours, £45 for 48-hours, £65 for 72-hours and £140 for a full week. The venue also of­fers a log cabin for hire with a peg if you’re look­ing for a nice break away and don’t fancy sleep­ing in a bivvy for your ses­sion. The prices are £75 per night be­tween Mon­day and Fri­day morn­ing and £100 per night through­out the week­end. This is for up to two an­glers and in­cludes your fish­ing. They have also in­stalled a £1 coin me­ter that will pro­vide you with elec­tric­ity.

When it comes to the fish­ery rules the Trent View web­site ex­plains ex­actly what you can and can’t do, when you visit the com­plex, so I would strongly rec­om­mend you do have a read prior to your ar­rival. When you ar­rive at the lake you must dip your land­ing nets and slings in the dip tanks prior to us­ing them. This is ex­tremely im­por­tant to help pre­vent the spread of any dis­ease. The main rules to note are as fol­lows: There is a three­rod limit, all swims are to be kept free from lit­ter at all times, land­ing nets must be 42-inch min­i­mum, only des­ig­nated carp cra­dles and large beanie un­hook­ing mats are al­lowed, no carp are to be re­tained at any time, no wad­ing is per­mit­ted into the lake, there is a leader-ban with tub­ing only per­mit­ted, bar­b­less and mi­cro-barb hooks only, no fixed rigs, 12lb min­i­mum line, no ju­niors with­out adult su­per­vi­sion at any time, strictly no nuts (in­clud­ing tigers), par­ti­cles are al­lowed in mod­er­a­tion, ra­dios are per­mit­ted but not too loud, no rods to be left unat­tended at any time,

alcohol al­lowed but drunk­en­ness is not tol­er­ated, Klin-ik, or sim­i­lar to be car­ried by all an­glers, dogs are al­lowed but must be kept on leads, quiet and cleaned up af­ter. Any­one found break­ing th­ese rules will be asked to leave the fish­ery.

Let’s jump into my visit to the venue then and al­though Trent View is lo­cal to me, in Not­ting­ham, I had only been there on one oc­ca­sion pre­vi­ously in the past, just be­fore the lake ac­tu­ally opened to the pub­lic. A friend and I de­cided to head over on a Satur­day af­ter­noon in the hope that the guys who would have been do­ing 24-hour ses­sions would va­cate a cou­ple of cen­tral swims for us. For­tu­nately, on this oc­ca­sion, our luck was in as once we had paid and had a chat with the fish­ery man­ager, Ian, as well as dip our nets and slings, we drove around the lake to find peg 46 avail­able. Peg 46 con­trols a large vol­ume of wa­ter as it is the last peg you come to on one side of the lake – per­fect for dou­bling up and hav­ing a so­cial.

Firstly, we went about set­ting our brol­lies up be­fore find­ing a cou­ple of spots to fish. I was on the left-hand side of the swim which, due to hav­ing no swims to my left, gave me a long stretch of wa­ter with no an­gling pres­sure. I de­cided to take full ad­van­tage of this and find a clear spot, close in, at around 60 yards. Trent View is known for its depths with a part of the lake drop­ping down into over 40 feet of wa­ter! With that said, the closer in you fish, the shal­lower it is, and at 15 wraps, or 60 yards, I was in 18 feet of wa­ter which is still a de­cent depth. Af­ter a few casts with my marker lead, I found a nice sandy area, free of any de­bris on the bot­tom and per­fect for pre­sent­ing three rigs tight to­gether on one spot. Trent View has a large vol­ume of carp, as stated above, which can ob­vi­ously eat a lot of bait, so, by hav­ing three rods to­gether on one spot, you can con­cen­trate your feed into one area and hope­fully draw the carp into your swim.

Be­fore I put any rods out, I spod­ded half a bucket of bait onto my area. My mix con­sisted of Main­line’s 10mm Hy­brid boilies, match­ing Re­sponse pel­lets and chick peas. The pel­lets had been soaked in Meta-mino oil prior to the ses­sion and the whole mix was glugged in Hy­brid Stick Mix liq­uid prior to leav­ing on the morn­ing of my ses­sion. The chick­peas were bought from the su­per­mar­ket and at 50p a tin they are very much underrated, and un­der-used, in my opin­ion. By adding the Stick Mix liq­uid into the mix the day of your ses­sion you will find the mix to be very sticky and gloopy. What this means is when the bait is spod­ded, it will leave a scent trail from the top down to the bot­tom of the swim, which hope­fully the carp will fol­low. I also put out a few pints of live red mag­gots. If nui­sance fish aren’t a prob­lem in your venue, and fish­ery rules per­mit them, I al­ways like to have mag­gots in my mix. Over the years, I truly be­lieve that by hav­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent in my mix, like nat­u­rals, it has got me those ex­tra bites and re­ally made the dif­fer­ence to my catch rates.

On the rig-side of things I started off by us­ing a sim­ple blow­back rig, con­structed from Korda 20lb Kamo ma­te­rial and a size 4 Kurv Shank hook. I slide a small piece of sil­i­cone down the shank of the hook to trap the hair in place and fin­ish off by adding a small sec­tion of shrink tub­ing over the eye of the hook. My hook­baits of choice were Main­line Salty Squid and IB 12mm wafters, and just be­fore cast­ing out I like to slide a small PVA mesh bag of Re­sponse pel­lets down my hook­link, which pre­vents tan­gles and gives more at­trac­tion around the hook­bait.

Once ev­ery­thing was set up the heav­ens opened up and it lit­er­ally chucked it down. We were hud­dled un­der my brolly and I just hap­pened to say: “I bet you I get a take in this” – which is ex­actly what hap­pened! My right-hand rod sud­denly burst into ac­tion. I care­fully went about play­ing the fish in be­tween both sets of rods be­fore slip­ping my land­ing net un­der a nice 19lb com­mon. It was great to get off the mark so quickly and this fish told me that the tac­tics, area and baits were all work­ing. I left the fish se­curely in my land­ing net and went about get­ting a few more spombs back out onto my area. With a stock of fish like Trent View has, it is im­por­tant to keep your area topped up with bait. If you think about it we never re­ally know how many fish are feed­ing on a baited area (un­less we can see the bot­tom) – all we can do is base our es­ti­mate on stock lev­els, fish­ing ac­tiv­ity around the baited area and runs or in­di­ca­tions we re­ceive.

I care­fully un­clipped my rig from the quickchange swivel, clipped on a fresh hook­link which I al­ready had pre-tied and got the rod straight back out onto the spot. It’s im­por­tant to max­imise your time and by hav­ing ev­ery­thing pre­pared ef­fi­ciently, it can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween land­ing one fish and hav­ing a few dur­ing their feed­ing spells.

Af­ter such a quick start the next few hours were rather quiet de­spite the fish show­ing them­selves reg­u­larly in our area. You’ve got to re­mem­ber that al­though we had fish on us, we could be a long way away from them in terms of where they were sit­ting in the wa­ter col­umn. I kept the bait trick­ling through the wa­ter and even­tu­ally I re­ceived an­other take, but, un­for­tu­nately, the fish was off as soon as I picked the rod up – a dis­as­ter but it hap­pens. The rest of the af­ter­noon and evening was quiet and in true so­cial fash­ion, An­thony Joshua was fight­ing on Sky Box Of­fice, so we de­cided to treat our­selves and watch the fight. I’m sure you can guess when our next take was? Yep, my friend had a crack­ing

I al­ways like to have mag­gots in my mix. Over the years, I truly be­lieve that by hav­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent in my mix, like nat­u­rals, it has got me those ex­tra bites and re­ally made the dif­fer­ence to my catch rates

18lb lin­ear just as the bell rang for the first round!

With no fur­ther ac­tion we both awoke to the sound of fish still show­ing out in the cen­tre of the lake. In the end the temp­ta­tion was too much, and I de­cided to put a zig out with a piece of black foam on one rod. As I cast out I knew it was a long shot as, de­spite hav­ing the foam 12-foot from the deck, I was still an­other 30-ish feet short of where the fish were out in the mid­dle of the lake. By 10am it was time to call the ses­sion to an end and we de­cided to start hav­ing a slow pack down, when out of the blue I had a liner on one of my rods in the baited area. Just as I was pack­ing my bags into the ve­hi­cle the same rod burst into ac­tion, and im­me­di­ately it felt a bet­ter fish. Some 10 min­utes into the fight and still not hav­ing seen what I’d hooked, I was be­gin­ning to think I may have struck lucky with one of the bet­ter fish. It was just hold­ing down in the depths when, all of a sud­den, the un­think­able hap­pened – the hook pulled out. I was gut­ted to say the least and the pack down de­gen­er­ated into sim­ply throw­ing all the gear in the back of the car and driv­ing home with the rag­ing hump.

Over the next few days I couldn’t get that lost fish out my head – not just be­cause of the lat­est hook-pull, but over the last few weeks I had lost a few fish which had caused me to ques­tion my rigs. I set about chang­ing a few things and, in the end, I set­tled on the same rig but in­stead of us­ing size 4 Kurv, I changed over to size 4 Wide Gape X. I also steamed the shrink tube al­most straight to cre­ate a long shank ef­fect with a beaked point hook. I wanted to put things right and I de­cided to give Ian a ring and book back on the lake the fol­low­ing week­end.

As is usu­ally the case, the week dragged by slowly with me sat at work think­ing about how I was go­ing to ap­proach things when I re­turned to Trent View. Even­tu­ally, Fri­day came and when I ar­rived at the venue I man­aged to set­tle in a swim along the rail­way bank, which had a few fish show­ing out in front of it. I knew how I had ap­proached my last ses­sion, which had worked, and I was con­fi­dent in the tac­tics I was us­ing, so there was no need to change any­thing in that re­spect. I found an area with 18 feet of wa­ter at 20 wraps, straight out in front of my swim. Again I put half a bucket of bait out and cast three rigs tight onto the area.

With three of my new rigs out in the lake, I wasn’t sure what to ex­pect but, as it was, I didn’t have to wait long to find out. Lit­er­ally, an hour af­ter the spod­ding, my mid­dle rod was away and a lovely clean 19lb mir­ror ended up in the folds of my land­ing net. More im­por­tantly the hook-hold was per­fect, lodged in the bot­tom of the fish’s lip which made the pain of los­ing the one last week a lit­tle more bear­able. Once again, be­fore deal­ing with the fish, I cast a fresh rig back onto the area and out went an­other 12 spombs of bait just to freshen things up. Straight away I had an­other take and my left-hand Delkim screamed into ac­tion. It just goes to show that if you’re will­ing

I was gut­ted to say the least and the pack down de­gen­er­ated into sim­ply throw­ing all the gear in the back of the car and driv­ing home with the rag­ing hump

to fish ef­fec­tively, the ac­tion can be thick and fast. This time the fish turned out to be a lit­tle com­mon around the 15lb mark, so, af­ter a quick photo, it was slipped back to con­tinue grow­ing into hope­fully an­other Trent View fu­ture 30-pounder. The fol­low­ing 12 hours were rather quiet and I had to wait un­til first light the fol­low­ing morn­ing to have an­other cou­ple of bites – again the fish were around the 15lb mark and as much as they weren’t the size I was look­ing for, the ac­tion was wel­come nonethe­less.

Even­tu­ally, my ses­sion came to an end and with no lost fish I was more than pleased. I’m a big be­liever that if some­thing isn’t bro­ken don’t fix it – how­ever, when some­thing needs to change, re­gard­less of how suc­cess­ful it’s been in the past, you need to adapt. I had caught lit­er­ally hun­dreds of fish on the Kurv Hook rig prior to chang­ing it and I would prob­a­bly have caught hun­dreds more, but when you start get­ting reg­u­lar hook-pulls a change can be worth mak­ing.

Trent View re­ally is quickly be­com­ing one of the stand­out day-ticket wa­ters in the Mid­lands. Not only does it hold a very good stock of fish, but, with nu­mer­ous 30-pounders and the ex­pectance of its first 40lb-plus fish next year, it re­ally is worth a visit.

Be Lucky, Loz

ABOVE Trent View’s big­gest mir­ror is now just over 37lb in weight RIGHT TOP Hav­ing three rods on a spot can pay huge div­i­dends when FISH­ING ON HEAVILY­s­tocked venues RIGHT BOT­TOM My spod mix for the ses­sion com­prised my faith­ful Hy­brid boilies, some chick­peas and as­sorted pel­lets

ABOVE A 19lb com­mon to get pro­ceed­ing un­der­way IN­SET TOP I am a firm be­liever in adding nat­u­rals to my loose feed wher­ever pos­si­ble IN­SET BOT­TOM I made up a cou­ple of cru­cial changes to my rigs prior to my re­turn. The in­clu­sion of a Wide Gape hook and a straight­ened piece of shrink tube pre­vented fur­ther losses... RIGHT Bet­ter to be safe than sorry, par­tic­u­larly on a venue with some 2000 fish in it!

RIGHT TOP A nice up­per-dou­ble mir­ror

RIGHT ...and a slightly smaller com­mon that came within min­utes of each other

ABOVE My view for the sec­ond ses­sion

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