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   Old Thread  #171 16 May 2017 at 2.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This a great read Ken. I hope one day to have as many nice photos and tales to tell
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   Old Thread  #170 16 May 2017 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone else?
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   Old Thread  #169 12 May 2017 at 6.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It looks like its way back into the reeds , well hidden
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   Old Thread  #168 12 May 2017 at 2.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I would say it was the ponderosa ken. Nope!

To be honest unless you have fished College I doubt you'd guess...In fact, even if you have fished there you may have a problem!
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   Old Thread  #167 12 May 2017 at 11.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I would say it was the ponderosa ken.
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   Old Thread  #166 12 May 2017 at 10.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You guys are correct that it is College, now just guess the swim. The Swamp was so named because it was a swamp, this swim was always pristine and at times it was crawling with carp.
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   Old Thread  #165 11 May 2017 at 8.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I would say it was the swamp at college.
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   Old Thread  #164 11 May 2017 at 7.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for articles so far Ken - can't wait until the winter for more of the same!

Re: photo, I want to say college - the very top end (east bank) - but probably miles off!
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   Old Thread  #163 11 May 2017 at 1.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Then I'm sorry but I haven't a lot of experience outside of Staffordshire or Cheshire.
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   Old Thread  #162 11 May 2017 at 11.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Let's put it this way, Paul. It's definitely not in Staffordshire!
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   Old Thread  #161 10 May 2017 at 3.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not a clue mate,don't tell me its on my door step or I'll kick myself,i could name a place but the farm building in the back ground doesn't fit.
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   Old Thread  #159 10 Apr 2017 at 10.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good read ken, keep em coming mate, don't forget to save some for the book.
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   Old Thread  #158 10 Apr 2017 at 3.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #157 10 Apr 2017 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A further three mixes produced another seven fish including, Humpy at just under 19lb, the Pet at 21lb 2oz, landed at one in the morning, returned without a pic, and Goldie at 19lb 4oz.

This is Humpy going back.



And this is Goldie. The self-takes pix that were taken at the time of this capture did not come out well so I have used this one of Goldie at the time of a subsequent capture. I think the colour on the trees provides a perfect background. I think this is a fantastic pic and thanks go to Tat for doing such a good job!



And here's Goldie going back ...



And so the session came to an end with a dozen coming to the next…And this from a lake where every take is regarded as a precious gift from the gods and one fish a session is good going. This is the final page of my diary for that memorable session first on College and then on Salamander.



Two trips; ten twenties. Thank you Tim and Keith. Where would I have been without you!

As a rather nice footnote, I returned to Salamander for a short day session while my car was at the car doctor’s just down the road. I had only one take, but it was The Pet once again, and this time I did manage a pic or two!

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   Old Thread  #156 10 Apr 2017 at 1.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There was only one other angler on the lake, a local policeman called Dave. He had been developing nicely as an angler and was also well and truly hooked on the idea and concept of quality bait. Dave was down at the outlet end of the lake and he reported lots of movement in front of him with fish puffing up the bottom. I wished him luck between gritted teeth. When they are clouding up like this the Salamander fish seem to loose all caution. This madness doesn’t last long, however, and you need to be on your toes to take advantage of it.

I had a good kip that first night, undisturbed by any carpy action whatsoever, but when I crept down to my left hand baited area the following morning I saw that all the bait had gone. The eels in Salamander were notorious bait robbers and any bait with milks in was asking for a visit. The resident swans too were not averse to wiping you out during the night. Undaunted I put a fresh (frozen) mix of The Bait into the swim and rebaited with the same bait as hookbaits, and at 10.00h that morning had a big old mirror we had nicknamed Gutbucket, with good reason, as you can see from the photo!



Now one fish per 24 hours is considered good going at Salamander so when I had two more before nightfall including another twenty, Jellybelly at 23lb 6oz, I thought things could not get any better. This is the relevant page from my diary on the 3rd October 1987 after a blank first night.



Things most certainly did get better…I had Big Daddy at noon the next day and persuaded Dave to give me a lift back home for more bait. His payment was a mix for himself. He used it well, opening his Salamander account with, unfortunately, the smallest fish in the lake! Here Daddy rests grudgingly in the landing net!



And here's the old girl going back.



And this is Dave the Plod with his first Salamander carp. The first is always the hardest to catch, so the folk lore has it. There must be some truth in that old adage as he went on to fill his boots in the subsequent years.

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