Joel Drapkin ends 2018 with five fish hit and new lake record for The Wharf.
Dinton Delivers For Dan Handley
13th October 2017
After flitting about from venue to venue all summer Dan Handley was eager to get back to his target water, Dinton Pastures for the autumn…
Rob explains: “Finally, the time came and my first couple of sessions on White Swan Lake was mainly spent walking, looking for fish and just getting back in-tune with the water.
I had the idea of concentrating on just one or two areas over autumn, but I needed to make sure my location was bang on. Luckily, on my fourth night back I managed to find a few fish, which only left me to find some spots I was happy to present my baits on.
After a little investigation, a tiny hole in the weed was located and I baited tightly with a kilo of The Krill, followed by 10-spombs of hemp. Rig wise, I fished Hinged Stiff-Links armed with The Krill White One pop-ups. The traps were set!
By the next morning, I had a lovely common sulking in the net, perfect. Happy with my spots I carried on baiting them heavily on a weekly basis, with buckets of hemp, The Krill in mixed sizes and plenty of Pure Krill Liquid.
It was clear the spots were rocking, and over the next two weeks my efforts were rewarded with an old, original common known as ‘Blind Eye’ at 30lb 8oz. Then one of the real gems which is a fish I joined the lake for, Dinton’s ‘Pretty One’ at 36lb 4oz. After this the bites dried up and the fish moved out of the area, the spot had gone from the size of a dinner plate, to the size of a bivvy! It was clear the spots had truly blown.
The next week I was back and looking for a new area to target, I had been keeping a watchful eye on the lake and already had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to be next.
With my new swim located, I used my time wisely and mapped it out. I found a nice spot to concentrate on, which was near to where I had seen fish showing on previous trips.
That trip was uneventful, but before I left I gave the spot a hit of bait, two big buckets of hemp and The Krill. The week flew by and I was soon back in the swim, it looked good for it, so I put a bucket straight on the spot! This was a good move, as I was rewarded with a nice dark, mid-twenty mirror the next day, then a 22lb stocky the following morning.
Hopefully I can keep this swim going and get amongst something a bit bigger before the autumn is out!”