I had to drive over to the fishery on Thursday afternoon to drop something off for Terry. They were busy unpacking cases of the new Marukyu range of baits. They are all imported from Japan at the moment although Marukyu have now bought a new factory in Wales where they will make and pack their baits in the future. The baits are designed to be friendly to the fish and friendly to the environment. I know it’s a bit over the top with all this “green” talk but it’s amazing what us angles will use as bait on occasions. Did you realise that trout pellets, as opposed to carp pellets, actually damage the livers of the fish up to the point that over use of trout pellet can and will kill carp ?. These Marukyu baits are made with ingredients that are proven to be healthy to fish as well as not causing any damage to the lakes and rivers where they are used. It will be interesting to see what the fish think of them.
A pair of HUGE machines were working in New Lake which has been completely dredged and remodelled to give 5 – 6 ft of water in every peg.
Most of the lake bottom was now hard clay except for a big lagoon that held about 10% of the original silt from the lake.
This will then be spread evenly over the lake bottom to kick off the natural filtration system that is found in every healthy lake. It’s amazing how quickly these huge machines can move vast quantities of earth. It took the bulldozer about 10 minutes to transform a huge mound of earth into a smooth, gradual slope.
Anyhow, all of this industry on the New Lake was making a fair bit of noise, so I decided to sneak a couple of hours peaceful fishing on Pittance Lake. Armed with a tin of sweet corn and a few 2mm pellets, I fished the pole about 2 ft outside a clump of reeds and had 10 carp between 3lb and 12lb plus a lovely tench of at least 4lb. A brilliant few hours on a wonderful sunny afternoon. Ain’t life great ?.