Penning’s Cleverley Campaign Hots Up!
19th September 2016

Clever tactical thinking led to Adam Penning quickly unlocking the code at renowned Essex venue, Cleverley Mere, as he explains…

“Cleverley had been on my carping radar for a few years. I’d kept it at arm’s length while I focused on a few other challenges but there was no doubt in my mind that, sooner or later, we would lock horns.

I’d heard it was a busy little place and it had a well-earned reputation for not giving up its fish easily; if you caught more than 10 in a year you’d done pretty well. Although it’s not rock hard, when you combine the stock of 100 or so fairly elusive fish in eight acres with a busy a competitive syndicate, you can see why every capture is well-earned.

Knowing that the fish had seen everything at Cleverley down the years and from just about everyone too, I was keen not to let my fishing be predictable. While all around me were using stiff hinges and attractor pop-ups on slack lines, I chose to bait with 20mm Krill and to fish the same on the hair, a plain, simple bottom bait. At the same time, I chose to use a really big lead on a tight line – it was about as different an approach as you could imagine, and different was what I wanted to be!

The campaign at Cleverley went better than I expected; the fish really got onto the bait and the light pre-baiting I’d been doing paid off in spectacular style. I was lucky enough to catch from open-water spots, as well as from the margins while stalking and off the surface! All in all, it was very exciting fishing.

As the end of August approached, I had managed 25 nights at Cleverley since early June. I’d missed the super-productive spring but the summer had still been kind and I’d been rewarded with no less than 35 bites, topped by several of the big commons at 37lb, 37lb 10oz and 38lb 6oz.

I will go back to Cleverley for another go in the autumn – it really is a fantastic place to angle!”

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