Some time back I took a wander up to Springwood Fisheries just outside Melbourne, Derbyshire.
Now I had been to Springwood before all be it quite sometime ago and wow had it changed, what a cracking place it is now. After a good chat with owners Jeff and Linda, I had to come back to wet a line.
So it wasn’t long before I managed to get a few hours one afternoon on the bank of Springwoods bottom lake.
With easy access straight from the car park it was nice to find quality pegs that are not too close together, and with features! So many fisheries these days just seem to be barren holes in the ground.
Other pluses for me were toilets and a cafe, toilets being spotless, I’d be more than happy to bring the wife along in the future.
Jeff, the man behind Springwood, came over for a chat and after talking to him it was more than clear he was a mad keen angler. I like this as I come across too many fishery owners that actually haven’t got a clue about fishing. Jeff informed me there was a good head of mixed fish Ide, Carp and Tench, plus a few others just to mix it up a bit. He also told me that the peg I had picked was a match winner the other day with 70 plus on the scales! Cool I’m really looking forward to this.
It was actually pretty hot that afternoon and with the sun beating down I had to use my brolley for a bit to keep the sun off.
Now I’m no commercial angler but I’m enjoying learning these style waters at the minute. Not that you can really call Springwood a commercial as it’s a laid back, well presented place.
Anyway, I soon found out I was not quite set up for what was to come! First off my rigs were too long, float size and line length. A slight degree of improvisation was in order after plumbing up at around 8 mtr, I found 3ft with about a ft in the margins. This rendered margin fishing out of the question as I’d just not got the right floats / rigs for this.
So two line’s of approach at 8mtrs out. Baits armed with a bag of fishery own mircos a few red maggots and Marukyu JPZ toughs, I’d also knocked up a very small amount of Marukyu EFG 131 (love this stuff,) and my little secret weapon home spiced meat (proper hot chilli).
First off I potted a hand full of micros out along with a golf ball size ball of EFG 131 with double maggot on a size 16 T83-13. I’d planned to use a toss pot to keep adding a pinch of micros and maggots every put in.
To say it wasn’t long before to swim was bubbling away like a ‘good un’ is a bit of an understatement. With my float being knocked about all over the place I was hoping I wasn’t going to foul hook anything! Soon the float buried and I was soon slipping the net under a cracking Ide. A few more Ide fell to double maggot when I thought I’d give the JPzs a go. For this I changed over to my second rig, which had a Middy meat screw hook link. Meat screw for pellets? Yes they’re great for all manner of soft baits like JPzs, meat, cheese and even soft hook pellets. Well, the resident Tench seemed to love these black JPzs with a few gracing the landing net, plus a couple of small carp.
This is great fun, let’s have a go with meat. This was sort of a good idea, but I didn’t expect what was going to come. It would seem the lakes bigger residents loved the taste of hot spicy meat and would punish me for hooking in to them!
The battle was on, so much so that Jeff and my fishing friend Dave came over to A) see what the hell was towing me all over the lake, and B) to completely have a laugh at my expense. After a battle on far too light an elastic, yet it proved that Middy’s Hi-Viz hollow ain’t half got some stretch! Landing net out I was struggling with out a puller, there was just so much stretch. A lunge at it with the landing net saw the hook link finally go! And a roar of banter came from Jeff and Dave!
A quick change of hook length to a Middy meat screw on my first rig saw me back out with a cube of meat in ever-increasing bubbles. Seemed like seconds after the float settled that it was under and my elastic was out looking like a laser pen pointing at the Carp I’d just hooked. A good battle later finally saw a cracking Carp grace the rim of the net. Got ya!
Well worth a visit to Springwood fisheries go and give it a go