If you are not familiar with the Beaver Fishery, then check it out. There is something there for everyone. It is clean, tidy and well maintained but, most of all, everyone is made welcome and for beginners, like us, there is plenty of help and advice on hand.
|Early evening at Maze Lake - Goodbye Mr. swan...|
We arrived just after 8:00 AM and after the obligatory bacon and egg roll, got set up and started to fish. Down here in Surrey the weather was overcast and the expected solar eclipse did little more than darken the sky slightly. Fishing was slow to start with. Then, all of a sudden, Tim was getting excited "I've got one!" could be heard as he battled with his first ever course fish. I reeled my line and rushed over to his peg brandishing a landing net. He was still battling with his fish when I got there. Eventually he landed the fish and this epic moment was caught on camera.
|Tim's first fish... It may not be huge but it is a fish!|
|frozen balls (of bait!)|
By now we were a couple of hours into the day and we were happily float fishing on maggots. Lightly feeding over our bait produced some success. I had found some strawberry flavour pellets in the local 99p shop that seemed to do the job, along with a few maggots now and again. By lunch time we were getting the odd bite and I had caught a couple of bream as well as a few more tidily roach. Andy, one of the bailiffs, dropped by to see how we were doing, proffer words of encouragement and congratulating Tim on his first fish! He also said that he thought we might have done a bit better... Hmmm, red rag to a bull?
|Largest bream of the day|
No luck dropshotting so I went back to the float. No sooner had I thrown the line in than it was racing off in the other direction. A bream! For the next while we were catching something every chuck. from a fishing famine we were catching fish so fast we lost count.
|Just one of many|
|Me fish and swan. Off you go little fellow...|
As the day went on it really did become very present. I went for a stroll with the dropshot rod again to see what I could find, again with no success. Meanwhile Tim continued to fish. By this time the water was mirror flat and there were just a few bubbles here and there, Tim was now catching fish with just about every chuck, it all seemed to be small roach with the odd bream or skimmer, but he was happy.
|Tim reflecting on the day...|
|Everything to hand - Tim's Girls Go Shopping van...|
Next time, we are planning on another day here at Beaver, and we will give one of the other lakes a go to see if we can catch a few small carp. With that in mind, I plan to make a few boilies tomorrow, picked up the eggs this morning and I already have the dry ingredients, so guess what flavour I am going for... I might even make two different ones!