Earnie's Fishing Blog - Yorkshire Commercial Fisheries

Welcome to my blog, reviewing commercial fisheries in Yorkshire.

Share my laughs, experiences and faux pas as I explore some of Yorkshire's popular fishing venues. My day sessions are spent coarse fishing, and my night sessions hunting out specimen carp and catfish.
In my blog I'll comment on catches, report on the tremendous venues I visit, and share my adventures along the way. I hope you enjoy reading about my fishing trips.

Wishing you all the best for the 2015 season.


My latest fishing blog

Raker Lakes - Heron Pond

It was such a nice place to visit last time that we decided to come again. Back at Raker Lakes in Weldrake trying our luck again on Heron Pond and specifically targeting some carp on what is a considerably warmer day than our last visit in March. I've travelled to York with friend Richard again on a Monday hoping to get a good peg on what should be a quiet day. Our hopes were realised when we arrived first on scene with a full choice of pegs.

We set up in the furthest corner of the pond from the car park, and even as we walked around to our pegs we could see clusters of carp topping and resting, some poking out of the water sucking on the overhanging leaves of the Willow trees. I cast a chopped worm right under said tree and left it there whilst I used a pole on strong elastic to do some more delicate targeting. Within a minute I had a carp bungeeing off of the end of my pole, elastic flexing. Took a while to get it in but eventually a mirror, 6-8lb in the net. I went back, same tactics and within five minutes the carp had ran out of free offerings and were racing off again. The bright elastic giving a very clear indication of direction as the carp went to the bottom, back up, far left, back under the tree again. It was having a good little swim. Again, fish in the net, similar size to the last. Again I went under the tree but two fish thrashing about within the space of ten minutes seemed to have cleared the area. All the fish had moved down to Richards peg. Same sort of pole tactics but using dog biscuits rather than pellets and he'd managed to cross paths with the onrushing carp. He landed a couple of mirrors and a really nice brown coloured carp, all between 4 and 8lbs. We stunk of desperation trying to chase down a ghostie and an orange carp that were a regular feature of the day. They kept coming in, teasing us, and then diving off only to resurface 20ft out. My rod ended up with a float on it chasing the carp out to the middle of the lake which returned a few small mirrors and commons but not the two target fish. Richard had a decent selection of bream having changed tactics to pellets and then maggots.

We spent the final hour or two stalking behind an island on the furthest bank from the car park, close to the path that wraps around the lake. We were trying to throw lose pellets between the branches and get a rod or pole in there prior to the fish arriving hoping to catch them off guard. These fish are too greedy and we bagged another couple more. I finished the day having to wrestle Richard away from the lake because he wouldn't leave the lake without Ghostie. "Just five more minutes." "You get packed up, I've only a pole so won't take as long." "I'm almost done." Like a child being dragged away from the toy store. He eventually caved in to the realisation that Ghostie had the better of him and that it wouldn't be getting caught today.

It's been a fantastic day today. Had a really great time. One of the best days fishing I've ever had to be honest. Will be back here early next year although I should probably try one of the other lakes out on my next trip.

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