Mill Pond, Mill Farm Fishery, Nr Pulborough
0700 - 1600
Warm (23/24ºC), overcast and very muggy. A heavy shower early morning and mid afternoon (though the forecast thunderstorms didn't materialise - thankfully!)
40+ Silver Bream to 11oz. 9 Roach (with 3 half decent at 11, 14 & 15oz), 2 Crucians; 1lb 5oz & 1lb 2oz. 1 Carp; 4lb 7oz. 1 Eel 2lb 1oz (a new PB!)
A day that started out with both Paul and I wanting to catch our first Silver Bream ended with both of us trying desperately to avoid the little buggers! In truth we rather hoped to get amongst the bigger fish - and had said to each other on the drive down that it would be nice to get a 1lb+ fish. However we quickly established that the lake - or at least our end of it was absolutely teaming with 4-6oz fish. Fish that were on the bait within seconds of casting out.
Tactics and baits were chopped and changed in order to try and tempt something bigger. A ploy that worked (of sorts) with some nice roach a couple of crucians and a 'bonus' eel - only my 2nd ever over a pound (my first was caught trotting maggot on the Test at Timsbury a decade or so ago!). I just couldn't tempt a bigger Silver Bream.
Paul faired no better - and even scaled up to 15mm pellet - and STILL caught small Silvers! And whenever he connected with something bigger it turned into a carp - I think he ended up with 8 to around 7lb - all taking an age to land on light tackle!
On chatting to the bailiff in the car park as we packed up he said that we might have been better off at the other end of the lake where the water is a bit deeper! Information we could have done with at 10 hours earlier! So whilst this was a venue that has been on our to do list for some time a return visit looks on the cards! It IS a very nice water - well looked after and in a lovely part of the world being within the South Downs National Park. We shall be back!
Our first Silver Bream.
My PB Eel.
A 'bonus' Crucian