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My time at Martins Lakes


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Just got back from a weeks fishing at Martins lakes and all I can say is amazing!

Had the best weeks holiday of my life, fishing was amazing, lake was spot on for what I was after, food was lovely and plenty of it, thanks Nikki, and Greg was a true gent and taught me a thing or two about fishing!


My catch rate was nothing near to what other people have had out but tbh it was down to my fishing. Im fairly new to carp fishing and was just not close enough to the spots I needed to be on. Greg came down, gave me a few tips and showed me where I needed to be and the game began.

The lake I fish back home has no biggies in really, biggest being 30 which just came out, apart from that, mostly 25lbers which are good sport but nothing like what I was about the catch at Martins lake(my biggest being 19lb)! After blanking the first day due to my poor choice of spots, I had a kind fella show my how to get on with a bit of stalking, krept into the swim, the bay was quite shallow, and wow, the amount of big kippers in the swim, heads down, was unreal...great big kippers! After getting my big ole pellet in between them is was a matter of waiting. 20 minutes and the whole bay errupted, the fish went scattering and my reel started screaming! Pick up the rod and started to play what I though was a bream, nope it was "one of the smallest in the lake" at about 2lb. Still my heart was racing at the thought that it might have been a monster. Nevermind!


After realising that there were plenty of big kippers in the lake I started to get a bit shy of the snags and over hanging bushes and started creeping further into the safey of the lake, bit mistake! After one fish all day Greg came down and bullied me into fishing a corner on the other side of the lake, very very close to some big snags. After rowing the bait out and placing it right under a horse chestnut tree and the other rod smack bang next to the overhanging bushes further along we sat and waited. Dusk rolled in... 45 minutes later Greg made his way home and I sat watching and waiting, Both rods locked up, my nerves were jangling convinced the right hand rod near the snags would go first. But no, the left rod went, bobbin smacked the rod and the fish went. I lifted into it, wound down and got the feel for the size, it was a biggy and I was excited, suddenly my alarm starts to go and I look down thinking it was broke?! No, the other rod was on too! Frantic panic started to set in, the fish I was playing was going like a steam train for the snags on the far bank, the other pulled the bobbin up tight and suddenly stopped, giving a bleep out every now again.

One fish on going for the snags, one sitting right next to the snags, time to ring Greg, by the time Id hung up it was too late, the fish was in the snags, and then the hook gave, when I say gave, I mean the hook eye must have straightened out but got all the rig back, but no bait, hook or boilie stop, as if I had tied up the rig and left hook and bait off, was a bit strange. Just then, Greg turns up and I pick up the other rod, hes still there! and then I realised that the first fish wasnt that big compared to this one, again, heading straight for the snags! I gave it the crank and started to walk it back up the bank to avoid the snags and all I could see was the bow wave slowly go all the way along the front of the snags, under some of the tree banches that where coming out of the water, to my surprised Id managed to get it away from the snags and then it just went for the middle of the lake, the power was unreal, Id never had a fish fight like this before! Eventually after a good fight of line screaming off the reel, I had the beast in the net, 30lb1oz common! Got the photos sorted, and walked him out back into the lake and had that moment when I realised why I spend days blanking for carp to catch something like this!

After that I decided not to fish the night, I cracked open a beer, sparked up a smoke and sat there with the biggest smile on my face, listening the the odd cow fall into the lake!


I must admit i was put off by the snags and how big the fish were so i didnt have the rods out while I slept, Ive never done nights and did not have the confidence to do so with fish so big, just too worried i would get one snagged and kill it!


The whole week was a real eye opener on how I was fishing and would have no problems advising anyone to go there for a holiday as it truely is a little pocket of peace and quiet with the odd monster lurking around.

I did however spend far too much time feeding fish in the shallows and spent a lot of time watching them, how the feed and move about while feeding which I found really interesting.


In all honesty, I have never been scared at the thought of my alarm sounding but this place had me in its hands and I was totally blown away by the whole experience.


Once again, many thanks to Gregg and Nikki for everything.

Greg, I think I still owe you some money for the fags and pellets, cant remember if I paid you or not! :shock: let me know and Ill be more than happy to square the books up!


Photos to come once I have the computer sorted out, just moved house! :roll:

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Indeed, I did have one aim for the holiday, to stalk and land a 20 on my grandarrs old split cane but after the 30, I knocked that idea on the head cause I dont think it would have handled it too well! and my dad would have broken my legs and arms if I broke grandarrs splitty!


For now its back to work and a very hard lake with more weed than fish in! :)


Picture of me 30lber -




Im the very last photo taken in the dark, just look for the lad that needs a hair cut or 5! For some reason I cant save the image to upload here.

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