I had managed to book Jim and myself on Merrington carp Fishery, Bank holiday and all and we knew it was going to be busy. I had just received my new bait from Carpbait-Solutions and was dying to try it out. I picked Merrington as we had history, it is probably the hardest water that I had fished…first time 3 years ago after a 12 hour session I had blanked. So it became a challenge. Second year I didn’t return as I had found a few new waters. Earlier this year I got on for a short 24hrs and managed to bag one 15 mins before I packed up..result. Just to make sure I returned the week after only to blank… again….Dam… Steve 1 Merrington 2. So that brings us to where we are now.
We arrived at 8:00am, well I did…Jimbo decided to have breakfast…and didn’t invite me. Hmmmm.. no stew for him tonight..lol
Yep it was busy, 18 pegs and all full. Decided to have a walk around check the place out, ask a few questions and find out who was leaving and how the fishing was going….armed with a bucket off I went. By the time I had walked round Jim had arrived and no one looked like they were going anywhere and there had only been a couple of fish caught. Had a quick chat with the bailiff, Luke who told us a couple were leaving from pegs 5 and 6 about 10:30. With an hour or so to kill Jim suggested we look at another water, not to fish but to look at for the future. We returned and started to get our kit out the cars and make our way to our pegs to be. Armed with my new bait from Carp-Bait solutions (CBS) I was eager to get on the water and give it a whirl.
Before I move on I would like to share how this came about. A chap on FB contacted me about a new group starting up and what I thought then a new bait company CBS. A quality bait at a good price. I took it on blind faith ordered some, nothing ventured, nothing gained. The group started to grow and my Bait arrived made by a guy called Darren, from Llay, Wrexham. A very helpful chap too. I was really impressed with the smell and quality of the bait. I had chosen, well it was highly recommended, their En-tice (Plum & Garlic) and Mackeral-XT (Really fishy) Which brings me back to where we were.
When we reached our pegs we met two chaps, we now know as Chris Buck and Andy Brown and after a quick chat we had something in common…CBS yes we were on the same bait. Fate is a strange thing, you might think, whats so strange about that, well there are a lot of named big bait companies out there, why not have the same bait, my thinking was new company, not a lot of peeps know about it yet. If you get my drift… As the conversation went on Chris told me he uses nothing else and has been on it for 10 years or so. It did cross my mind that this must have been one the of best kept secrets yet. Chris and Andy were very helpful, had been on the water for some 48 hours, Chris had netted 4 fish up to 27 lb and Andy had had a couple too. Pointed out the spots there had baited and then we walked out our lines and clipped up before they left. Needless to say we are now friends and we look forward to meeting them on the bank another time.
It didn’t take too long before were set up and traps set, armed with our new baits, I decided to fish one on their prebaited area and one off, to the left about 15 rod lengths out. kettle on and I was about to erect the bivvy and the alarms screamed, it had been in the water 55mins. An upper double mirror graced my net and we were off the mark, first one to En-tice, I was well pleased. There are 18 pegs on Merrington, and people changed as the day went on, so the fish were under pressure. The weather remained warm, but our alarms remained quiet apart from a occassional line bites. As the afternoon went by just before last light the traps were re-set and more bollies were scattered in our swim. Jim and myself had rotated baits throughout the day to find the right combination and method, something we do now as a matter of course. A couple of fish crashed out in front of us over our spots but no more takes. We had supper another of Angela’s stews, again highly recommended when out doors quick and easy to clean up after. Daylight pasted to night and it was off for some kip and wait it out. I heard a couple of alarms in the night but we never had a touch. It wasn’t until 11:00am that one of my alarms leaped into life and another mid-double entered my net, this one fell to mackerel XT. As the afternoon drew on the weather turned and it started to rain. We had packed away most of our stuff before it really started. Jim was a little disappointed he hadn’t caught…but that’s fishing. I was made up…and had I finally learnt the secrets of Merrington, and with the help of some new baits who knows…time will tell. Out of 18 Anglers in the time we were there only 6 fish were caught, two to us…..must have been doing something right. Until next time…Tight lines