At 8am Monday I was on the bank of Badshot Lea Small Pond looking after a couple of youngsters, Luna and Nico at a rescheduled FAS Junior Teach-In, yet the Helicopter rig that I wanted to show them just doesn’t work as well as the year progresses, so a change of venue to Badshot Lea Small Pond saw them perfecting the art of using ‘The Pellet-Lead’.
It was a shame that they were slightly late, as just before they arrived I landed a common of 17lb 5oz which would have made their day. Whilst setting up another enthusiastic young angler, Ross Normington showed an interest and joined in. By mid-afternoon we had all caught a few Carp and Bream, making it a very rewarding day for all parties.
I would have loved to have given them more time, but I had a prior engagement that evening with the River Thames.
The next day, I was showing an angler floater fishing and with temperatures rising to 26 degrees and with no wind, we instantly knew that we had made a wise decision, especially when a cruising carp slurped in a few floaters in front of the car park on Badshot Lea Big Pond. Heading round to the Small Pond we took a stroll around the lake, found most of the Carp in front of a few swims and proceeded to feed them up before casting in. Five hours later, Jake Curry & I were heading home with twenty-one Carp to our names, the biggest 14lb 5oz.
Duncan Charman – FAS Junior Members Organiser