Decisions, decisions!

February this year proved to a bit of a difficult month for me. First of all I had to renew my ticket for Tyram Hall by the end of the month but just as I was going to do this I got offered a place on Selby 3 Lakes Syndicate. Now if you have read any of my earlier blogs you will know I am a massive fan of Jullian Cundiff and this is somewhere I have always wanted to fish. I have fished the day ticket a number of times but this was a chance to join the syndicate. I have tried to be a member of two syndicates before but this really did not work for me as one syndicate I only fished twice.

With time and money (saving for our wedding) being a massive consideration I had to make my mind up by the 1st of March. After much deliberation and conversations with Lucy I finally made my mind up and Joined Selby 3 lakes and with a touch of sadness gave up my Tyram ticket.

Selby works on a rota system which starts on March the 1st and I ended up on rota A. Which meant the first weekend I could fish was the 18th. Full of excitement and anticipation I set off from home at five in the morning reaching the lake an hour and ten minutes later. There was only one other person fishing when I got to the lake so I decided to have a quick walk round to see if I could spot any fish. I had in my mind a couple of swims that I fancied for my first time out and they were all free. I had spent a few minutes in two swims before I came to the first of the swims I fancied and after 20 seconds I saw a fish and 2 minutes later I saw another, this made my mind up and this was going to be where I was going to fish.

I knew that there was a plateau out in front of me so with a couple of casts with a bare lead I had found exactly where it was. A couple more casts and I had found the near edge of the plateau and with a dot island to my right I had soon decided on my spots. I thought that I would use a multi-rig on all 3 rods baited with either a homemade CCMoore Live System cork ball pop up or an RG Baits 365 pop up in white or pink. I put around 15 freebies on each spot along with 4 small PVA mesh bags of particles in the hope to tempt a bite.

I did not see any more activity from the carp until the Saturday afternoon when to my left a carp came completely out of the water twice. I cast a bright pink pop up in the general area but after 2 hours I changed back to a Live System Cork Ball and put it back on the original spot. However all weekend there was loads of activity from the Pike as they were getting ready to spawn. At one point I had a 20lb plus pike with 4 jacks around her under my rods.

No Selby 3 Lakes Carp

No Selby 3 Lakes Carp this time

Well as always the 48hrs passed by far too quickly and all too soon it was time to pack up. I guess on a plus point everything was dry!

Until next time


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  1. Mike From Carp Tackle Reviewer Blog April 3, 2016 at 14:24 #

    You got to be in it to win it! Good luck for the season dude!

    • ian brooke April 7, 2016 at 16:42 #

      good luck as well mate
      hope it is a good one

  2. Craig April 27, 2016 at 20:45 #

    Also a fan of Mr Cundiff…..carp legend!

    • CT December 3, 2016 at 08:51 #

      Just been watching Mr Jullian Cundiff on youtube his attention to details on his Multi-rig is excellent!

      • ian brooke December 3, 2016 at 09:00 #

        Hi Craig

        You are so right
        Wish I had his motivation as well


  3. CarpCritic May 9, 2016 at 11:09 #

    Have you revisited Selby yet Ian ?

    • ian brooke May 24, 2016 at 11:16 #

      yes i have mate and i have had a few write ups coming soon

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