A wet and windy trip to Horton Lakes Dorset

“Get ready for the fishing trip of your f*****g life!”. This was the promise laid down by myself to my mate Henry, little did we know of the comedy of errors that we were about to embark upon. Having decided to go on a short overnight session due to the shortness of the days at this time of the year, we loaded up the car and headed for Hordle Fisheries near New Milton. Having only fished this place when it was busy (and it was not my cup of tea to be honest), I had hoped it would be quiet due to the weather.  As it turns out it was extremely busy. Due to some half finished “landscaping” it looked like a shit factory… and there had been an explosion. After seeing the state of the place we turned around immediately and headed for the nearby Orchard Lakes unfortunately there was no room at the inn so, we got the hell out of there.

After this second failed attempt, we headed for my old faithful lake that I have only ever seen one other angler on, Horton Lake, Dorset. Horton Lake is a definite runs water with an average size carp of around 5-6 lbs. The largest carp I have caught there was probably only around 10-12 pounds but with the size of the Lake I still hold out that there are some monsters in there. Not that it matters when fishing in such an idyllic setting. Anyways, back to the disaster trip. So by this late stage of the game we were on the brink of total darkness, in fact, when we set the bivvy up it was dark and windier than my missus the morning after a few pints of old thumper. But we got her set up and I went about showing Henry (a carp fishing greenhorn) how to set up the rods.

Now, I have forgotten the odd thing on a carp trip, you know the odd bank stick or the new bits and bobs I’ve just brought from the tackle shop, but I have never forgotten the entire tackle box, until now that is and on Henry’s maiden carp fishing  trip which had been advertised as the best “f*****g trip of his life”. Fortunately, I learned long ago from a heroin addict in Swansea to keep a P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude). So no problem I said to Henry, we can nip back in the car to get the tackle box. So we returned to the car only to discover we had in fact parked the car in the boggiest field in the entire world and we were stuck. We decided to wait until the morning to get murdered by Charlie (the ex bare knuckle boxer who owns the lake) who would be in a rage when we asked for a tow. So I rang my old man to come to the rescue with the tackle box. After being laughed at on the phone by the old coot he headed down to the lake with the tackle box. Or so he thought, he eventually arrived about 50mins later as he himself had forgotten the tackle box and had to return home to get it.

Crud Munchers

Crud Munchers

So finally we have reached the fishing part of the blog “Get ready for the best fishing part of the blog of your f******g life”. Night had already descended by the time we started to tackle up the rods, so I opted for a simple approach. Between the two of us we were using a 3 rod setup, two Diawa Black Widows both rated 3.25lb test curve and my old faithful shakespeare feeder rod named excalibur. I opted to use a simple running rig on each rod with a small ledger, the three reels were loaded up with 15lb Ultima Power Cast mainline. Bait-wise I used the age old tackle of three different baits at first an to then home in on the most popular bait of the day. I opted for a single pink fluoro pop up for the feeder, and the two Black Widows were loaded up with CC Moore Live System boilie on the first and a cheeky bit of Nash Monster Squid on the second. I am normally abit of a fan of the old mesh PVA but when the waters cold the solid PVA Bags melt much quicker, so I loaded up the PVA bags with a small bag of their respective pellets. As I’m sure every carp angler worth his salt knows, when it is cold it is vital not to bait your swim too much, the fishes reduced metabolism caused by the reduced temperature means the fish will feed nowhere near as much as in the summer.

So with the rods locked and loaded myself and Henners settled down for a night of pure lolz and pure carp action. During the lulls in the action we even had a little time for some metaphysical philosophical questions, the intellectual crescendo of the conversation being “Would it be possible to live in a mans world in a carps body?”, which we decided was impossible because carp cant wear trousers hence they would have pockets and therefore would not be able to carry wallets. Wow man soooooo deep.

Despite being locked deep within an intellectual back and forth we managed to land 5 fish through out the night. Here’s the pictures they’re AMAZING.

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