|Standing half way down Pan Lake, looking over Langley's Lake (Specimen) back towards the car park|
The weather was dry but an awful wind whipped across the open fields that surround Bax Farm Fishery. I am not complaining though, it gave me a chance to get some fresh air and to listen to my brother moaning on about being cold, not catching anything and that his van needs a four-figure repair...
|Even the gnomes looked cheesed off...|
It's a short trip down the road to Tonge, along a country lane and on to the farm through a low bridge under the railway. We arrived to see the guys out in the yard fettling a big net. "That's cheating!" I pronounced. With a cheery smile they said they were preparing to net the lakes and sort the fish out to remove a lot of the small fish from the larger lakes.
As it was a cold, windy Monday morning I was not really surprised to discover that the on site shop had run out of maggots on Sunday evening as the weather had been fine and they had a lot of people fishing (Grrrr...). Mental note: Next time buy some beforehand! We paid our day ticket money and purchased a can each of Sweetcorn and luncheon meat to complement the bread and groundbait we had with us.
We drove down to the car park and trudged our way through some really soggy bits, down to Pan Lake, past a couple of guys fishing for the big fish on the now renamed Langley's Lake. One of the guys had caught a high teens carp, while I was still in bed, and that was all. It was not until we were leaving that a guy, who was fishing down on the other side of Langley's, said he had caught something, but it was too cold to start a conversation and we were hand-balling all our gear back to the car. Even with the small amount of tackle we have, a trolley would be really handy. but first on the shopping list has to be some kind of shelter - we don't need a full-blown bivvy, but something that kept the wind off would have been useful. The shopping list is growing...
|Bonnie and Clyde...|
|Groundbait balls - a bit big for this time of year but I can always reform them on the bank...|
For our next outing we plan to visit Beaver Fishery in Surrey. I have been there before (see HERE) and had a good day. It is much more sheltered than Bax and there are plenty of lakes to choose from, most of which have hard standings making it possible to park very close to the peg all year round. There is also a burger van, that does peg-deliveries, I am sure Tim will be keen on this idea!
All in all we had a good day chatting, even if the fishing was rubbish, Tim didn't stop moaning and the wind was howling! Hopefully we will make up for it next week at Beaver... Always assuming something doesn't get in the way! Next time Tim, put a few more clothes on!