The lake level had been dropping over the previous weeks and now we would effectively be fishing off the lake bed and the shore line is made up of rock pieces of various sizes from small pebble bits to quite large rocks. This leads to the first bit of advice – take a rod pod, absolutely essential. The second essential is a weed drag and probably waders in order to extend the range of your throw when sending it out.
John had agreed at the start of this session that two days in a swim with no fish would be a sign to move, they might come in later but it was too big a chance to take. With the move in mind we got the boat out of the boathouse and set off round the lake. This proved to be a bit down heartening as everywhere we looked we found weed going out from the margins for some considerable distance. The lads had dropped onto the only clear area on the complete lake and were taking full benefit of the chance. In the end we found an area off the so called island that because of the low water level was open to access from the bank. This had weed in the margins for around twenty yards but then it was comparatively free of weed. That did not mean clear of weed, but at least the odds were in favour of the cast landing in a clear area. A few hours of dragging at least gave an area where the fish could be landed if we could hook one and get it into the bankside area, time would tell. A mix of bait was then sent out in the Spomb, dendrobaenas, lobworms, sweetcorn and 10mm boilies, all proven roach catchers. Lots of work to move and drag the swim but that first night was yet another blank.
The 'island swim'
I struggled on and began to wonder when John took another fish of 2lb-10oz the following morning for although the results of the two other lads had slowed down, they were still to be seen getting the odd good fish, my luck just had to change. Perhaps it had as at last I caught my first Lochnaw Castle roach of 2lb-8oz on the worm, hopefully the first of a number to come.
Over the Wednesday night I took another two fish of 2lb-8 and 2lb-3oz both fish coming in a twenty minute spell as dawn broke but that seemed to be the end of the feeding spell as the day progressed without further action from the big fish.
We had been having very sunny weather since the arrival day when it had rained in the afternoon and evening, now the rain had come in as forecast during the night and then continued throughout Thursday with just a few short breaks in the downfall. The rain had been annoying, but at least we had the breaks that gave the chance to bait up in comfort as the new forecast looked very bad and it lived up to the expectation. During one of the breaks during the day I took my biggest roach so far with the scales showing 2lb-11oz. This was a brilliant fish, but John quickly topped that with a giant of 2lb-14oz that set a new personal best for him, though he still sets his 2lb-10oz river fish as a better target. With both of our fish coming during daylight I looked forward to the night with high hopes, the rain by now was continuous but that did not matter as long as the fish did feed, they didn’t and John came back next morning to find me with a dry net, well not dry but no fish in it!