I spent a week this May on the Angling Lines venue, Castle Lake. The lake itself is around 42 acres and averages around 6 foot in depth, so you can see it has a fare expense of water.
37lb 10oz Castle Lake mirror. I had to work hard to capture this beauty.
Now you would think that with the size of the water that the carp would be spread out all over the lake. The week that I spent on Castle proved the opposite. On arrival at the lake a new wind had just started to blow which was pushing straight down the lake from the West to east. An additional four other anglers from the South of London were on for the duration of our fishing week and for reasons that I will not go into, we gave them the 1st choice of swims. After a walk around the lake we could see that the fish were going to gather in numbers in the Eastern bay. This was the obvious area to fish which was quickly snatched up by our Southern friends. That put me in a swim down the opposite end of the lake, my choice, but I did not want to be enclosed by loads of lines. I did not realise how detrimental this decision was going to effect my weeks fishing.
Dawn on swim 16 at Castle Lake. Looking down the lake to the Eastern bay
I spent the first 2 days watching motionless indicators with no sign of a carp in over 20 acres of water in front of me. Looking up to the top end of the lake in the Eastern bay I could see fish after fish crashing which resulted in lots of fish being caught by the lucky anglers sitting in front of them. I decided to move to try and get a bit closer to the fish. The wind was still hacking down the lake but instead of heading next to the other anglers I decided to move to the opposite side of the lake. It meant a trip by rowing boat with tackle and all over to the far bank. Not a great move but at least I was a bit closer to the action. Over the next few days I managed to bank a few carp to 37lb 10oz, not great but at least I was not going to blank. The anglers up the Eastern end were having run after run and ended up the week with in access of 50 carp to over 49lb.
Jim who was also on the far side of the lake on a Billy no mates swim on a staging in the middle of a reed bed, also struggled, and also ended the week with a handful of carp. It appeared that nearly every carp in the lake had followed the wind and they put on a magnificent display for our Southern counterparts.
55lb 7oz, on the wind at Grande Orient
Last year we fished Castle lake with a light South Easterly blowing and there was not a sign of a fish in that Eastern bay. The fish were spread over the lake and as a result we had some excellent results.
I found a similar situation last October when I fished Etang Grande Orient. a lake of over 20 acres. I had to wait for a North Westerly to blow into the corner of the lake that I was fishing before I even saw a carp. In a short period when the wind was hacking into my swim, I had 4 carp to 55lb 7oz. Then once again it switched off. A few years back, in fact it was around 20 years, I had arrived at a new venue, a 35 acre lake. This was known to be quite a difficult water at the time so I did not know what to expect. I did a lap of the lake and saw that there was a warm strong westerly blowing. rom halfway up the lake to the far east bank I saw fish porpoising with the wind. I headed off to that end of the lake and in 8 hours of fishing had 17 runs to which I landed 15 of them, with 3 being over 30lb. This was a rare event for this lake so I returned the following day with the wind still pushing into the same bay and took another 14 carp. After a few days the wind dropped and it was back to normal for all the anglers with the odd fish coming out in a 24 hour period. It just goes to show, carp certainly do follow the wind.
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