Alan Stagg A New Lease Of Life.

Written by imitation-master on . Posted in Alan Stagg, Articles

ScenicDuring the summer of 2015 a new syndicate was being planned in the carp mecca of Yateley. Alan Cooper (CWA Fisheries) had purchased a lake known as Little Moulsham during the CEMX sale of fisheries in 2014/2015.  Word was some vast improvements had been made to the venue, so it was certainly seemed wise to have a closer look.

I knew very little about the lake apart from it held a good head of grass carp, which were rumoured to grow to enormous proportions and initially these were what I hoped to target.  After a quick call to Alan, he bought me up to date on the plans he had and what the venue contained. I arranged to meet him a few days later to hand over my hard earned cash. Once I’d got my ticket I stashed it away in a safe place and continued with my obsession for a big pike during the months of January and February.

At the end of March I took my first walk around the venue and although it looked a little bleak, I wasn’t in too much of a rush to wet a line.  I continued to walk the venue at every opportunity and as the grass carp weren’t active, I decided to make the most of the ticket and have a dabble for the venues carp population.

I was fairly lucky during my first half a dozen or so trips and managed to slip the net under six fish. The high lights were a wonderful fully scaled mirror and one of the lakes larger mirrors, which was stalked out of the edge.  During the daylight hours the fish were spending a lot of time in a set of snags at the far end of the lake, which allowed me to view most of the lakes stock in a relatively short space of time.  Just feet away from where I stood were a handful of scale perfect commons and a couple of mirrors sunning themselves in the mass of branches.  My approach had been simple up until now, get on the fish as much as possible and use a bait they liked.

Pacific Tuna 3

By the time May had come around I was well into my fishing and with a three day trip planned around the bank holiday weekend I was hopeful of a bite or two. I arrived to find just two anglers on and after a good walk around I soon had two hinged stiff rigs out in the zone.  Both rods went out perfectly and I scattered a good helping of Pacific Tuna over each rod.  That night I received two bites, which resulted in a lovely stocky and a fish known as two scales weighing twenty pounds and ounces and a low double stocky.  By mid-morning the fish were evident in the snags again, so I wound in the rods and much of the day was spent watching them at close quarters.  The lake holds a handful of impressive looking commons and after watching them on numerous occasions over the last month, it was one of these that I so dearly wanted to catch.

2 scales 20lb 12oz

That night, after getting the rods out perfectly, I received a take at first light and after picking up the rod I just knew this was in a different league to what I hooked up until now. I played it carefully, praying the hook would stand firm and after ten or so minutes she was mine. As I parted the mesh I could only smile, as I knew I had just landed one of the fish I had been watching only a handful of hours earlier.  After carefully removing the hook, I cradled a lovely 31lb 2oz common for the camera.

31lb 2oz Common

The action didn’t stop there and over the course of the next 24 hours I managed a further three fish, all lovely proportioned twenty pound plus fish.  A joy to catch from such a great syndicate.

 

Nice Fully Opening

20lb 4oz

 

 

 

Enterprise Say - Support Your Local Tackleshop

Whilst we are providing the opportunity for you to purchase our
products from the website, Enterprise Tackle would ask that you
support your local tackle shops and buy our goods from them.
If you are unable to purchase what you need then please do use
our online shop or ask the shop to stock the item!