Arriving on the car park at the lakeside it was still dark at 6:30am, I switched off the lights and cut the engine so I didn't wake up all the bivvy boys sleeping around the lake. Andy and Danny were already set up on the dam wall, saving me a swim alongside them. The lake, misty and dark still in the slowly emerging dawn, looked the same as I remembered from about 3 years before. Would I be lucky enough to catch a nice 2lb crucian, I would soon find out.
Danny challenged me to a little friendly match with the honour of the pound trophy at stake. Rules were easy, biggest crucian wins, no problem then!
After setting up my crowquill float I was soon into the first fish, a skimmer. Soon to be followed by another, and another, and another, and another .................. and another, and ...
|Plenty o' Skimmers|
The other lads were reporting the same problem with a never ending stream of skimmers coming to any bait that was put in front of them, from pellets,corn, caster and worm etc etc, until eventually TFFT I landed a crucian !
|1lb 6oz (moving up a whole percent point!)|
With this single fish caught I was in the lead, and so it remained until I had to pack up and go at around 11:30am (family commitments beckoned). I kept in touch with the other two by text to see how they were fairing. Andy said he'd eventually had one by 1:30 but not bigger than mine. Then just as I thought the prestigous trophy was in the bag ... Andy declared himself victorious with a 1lb 12oz fish..............denied !
We probably had over ten pounds of skimmers each, which was a little bit annoying to say the least. They would have been preventing the crucians getting to our baits in time. Still it was nice to know there are some crucians around. The lake could do with some of the skimmers being cut back a bit though, which I'm sure the carp lads would welcome judging by the couple of runs I saw one lad have, both were from skimmers.