Daily diary blog of a work experience student

Shane Clare has joined Seven Lakes Angling for 3 weeks as part of his Work Experience placement during his Level 2 Fishery Management course at Sparsholt College.

As part of that Work Experience, the college require him to keep a diary, which we thought would be fun to share with you.

Watch this space for daily updates…


By Seven Lakes Angling



Targeting a big perch

After finally catching some carp in the last few weeks my confidence was back and I decided it was time to target another species: the perch.

My personal best was around 1lb (nothing to boast about) and it was time for that to change.

The conditions seemed perfect, it was warm but overcast.

Lake 6 was my chosen lake as several decent perch had been caught recently. The bait today was king prawns, this would hopefully eliminate the smaller perch and get me one of the monsters!

I fished on the bottom as although perch prey on smaller fish species, they are known primarily as bottom-feeders.

It was a slow and sleepy morning, especially after my subway breakfast!

Around 1pm the line tightened and then the reel screamed off. I hit the fish and instantly thought it must be a carp due to the initial speed of take. However, after a short battle I was pleasantly surprised to see a large perch appear on the surface.

I weighed the fish and the scales tipped at 3lbs, after allowing for the weight of the net I had a fish of over 2lbs.

I finally had a decent perch and a new personal best!

An added bonus was a decent photo (see below) thanks to regular angler Andy in the next swim who also heard me shouting as I landed the fish!

I’m off on holiday now for a few weeks so good luck with the fishing and tight lines.

Bell’s Blog – Targeting Perch

Bell’s blog–exploits of a fishing bailiff

By Seven Lakes Angling



Carping On – June 2014

This is my first blog of many hopefully!

After struggling to catch any carp the previous week due to the spawning (that’s my excuse!) I was hesitant about fishing on Sunday.

Having arrived at the lakes late morning to carry out my bailiff duties I was encouraged after speaking to a few of the anglers. Also the sun was shining so at worst I would get a nice tan!

I decided on Lake 6 as it’s my favourite and also closest to the main car park! The usual swims were taken so I plumped for the opposite bank next to the pump house. The carp were active all over the lake with encouraging signs of feeding.

I settled on using trusty spam as the carp love it this time of year. Both rods were free lined to keep things simple and not spook the fish. I varied the size of the cubes on each rod to target both the small and larger carp.

The first bite was within 5 minutes as the right hand rod screamed off. After a brief battle I was slipping the net under a fat common carp weighing just over 11lbs.

The fish continued to bite and in total I landed 6 in just over 3 hours fishing. The fish continued to feed as the sun dropped, a late evening session will be the order of the day next time.

The last fish of the day was one of the new stocked carp, a beautiful 4lb common in pristine condition (picture below).