I hadn’t been fishing for a few weeks, so yesterday lunchtime I popped down to the doughnut lake and fished a peg I’ve not tried before.
It had been threatening rain all morning, but with one car in the car park on arrival I assumed I’d have my choice of swims. Sadly 14, my personal favourite at the moment, was occupied so I opted for peg 7. This is a peg which is a little more open but still sheltered but has incredibly annoying hawthorns either side that are real line magnets! There appeared to be a lot of weed close in, but there was a nice set of pads out to the right that was almost square shaped, so I popped out a size 14 with double red and white maggot on the far corner and commenced feeding.
I wasn’t fishing for anything in particular today, but hoped for a nice range of species. Normally I fish further up towards the back of the lake where there’s a lot more in the way of structure, reeds and pads so it would be interesting to see what I picked up in this shallower and more open area.
By 1:00pm, after 90 mins or so I’d pulled in a fair few sardines. Lots of small roach and perch and even a gudgeon which is a real rarity nowadays. I also managed to pick up a few small commons, the biggest being 4lb or thereabouts.
I was, however, plagued by small eels. The one shown was pretty deep hooked but I managed to get it out and he swam off happily.
Amongst the sardines I did manage a few reasonable perch, even catching one freelining a very small deadbait. Interestingly one of them actually threw up its lunch, as pictured below. The three were 10oz, 1lb 1oz and 2lb 3oz respectively. The largest ironically was caught on double maggot. It really is a lottery when it comes to big perch fishing on this lake.