A match (rod) made in Heaven

After absolutely begging and begging me for weeks I finally took my girlfriend to buy her first rod, you should have seen the smile on her face. Like a pig in s**t. Of course, no expense was spared and I immediately picked her out a Shakespeare rod and reel combo that was a bank shattering $15.69 . Now, the eagle eyed readers among you may have noticed that I  have had to put the equivalent price in dollars instead of using the Queen’s. This is because some cock in Swansea put American drivers on my laptop’s keyboard, meaning that I no longer have the pound sign in my literary arsenal. To be fair to the guy, laptop technology was only discovered in Wales like a year ago, so I suppose time is still needed to catch up with modern developments.


I was feeling abit disillusioned with winter specimen fishing, so armed with Caitlin’s new high spec match rod and reel. We headed to Chorlton Water Park to smash out a few roach and maybe winkle out a cheeky pike with a dead bait set up on the side. Unfortunately for us, upon arrival at Chorlton Water Park we discovered that it was currently halfway through its slightly unusually timed closed season. So we packed up the rods and nipped down the road to Roman Lakes Leisure Park, in Marple near Stockport.  This venue has a main lake of around an acre or two and a second canal style match lake. The day ticket is a fiver per rod. The main lake is said to hold carp to 30lb and pike to 20 lb+ aswell as bream, perch, roach and tench. The lake is in a beautiful setting with huge amounts of wildlife, which was absolutely lovely except it was f*****g freezing again and to be honest the birds got abit annoying after about 3 seconds. I had even prepared a cheeky little bit of ground bait the night before; for the waggler fishing. This mix consisted of some bran flakes, sweetcorn, bread flakes, some carp pellets and abit of extra added sugar. I used to the sweetcorn tin juice to help get the right consistency, so the ground bait would sink and not get nabbed by the birds.


At this point it is worth mentioning that I foolishly assumed the line supplied on a $15.69 match rod and reel combo would be a light supple 4lb number but it was an absolutely hench 8 lb-ish line. Over the 2 hours of our fishing trip, despite their obviously being fish feeding around Caitlin’s little waggler, we caught bugger all. Did have one good bite but I missed it on the strike. Duhhhh. All in all the lake is a cracking little venue and I have heard it is the home of some lovely looking carpies. Having the heavy line kinda destroyed our chances to be honest. I might return to the lake with a nice bit of 3 lb line on the spool, I think slightly warmer water would likely cause some fish to feed and if not it would at least be nice if half the water isn’t frozen. I also think the fish might be more tempted by some red maggot instead of sweetcorn but I haven’t found a vendor yet in the whole of Manchester. Call me old fashioned but I think its wierd you can buy lamb brains in Asda’s but you cant buy maggots for fishing. Thatcher’s Britain.


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