After being incredibly impressed by the quantity and quality of the products sold at Cefn Mably tackle shop, the lakes now had a lot to live up to. I have fished Cefn Mably numerous times in the past, I knew roughly what to expect, but this was my first trip back to the venue after several years of living up North. Not only have substantial changes been made to the tackle shop but also the lakes. Since my last visit, the complex has seen the addition of a few new ponds, and the entire complex is now entirely Coarse fishing where as previously it was Coarse and Trout. I aimed to fish one of the original ponds known as the Horseshoe (using meat and pellets), as I wanted to avoid the suicidal F1 and Koi Carp. I was also hoping that my old favourite peg would be free, although this seemed unlikely as I arrived at the venue at quarter to 11 after a busy morning of wedding planning.
|Cefn Mably is stuffed full of skimmers this size or bigger!|
|Corner pegs always produce well at Cefn Mably|
|Not a blank. Phew!|
|The first (and smallest) of many.|
|One of the many Carp the Cefn Mably Horseshoe lake holds.|
|One of the biggest of the day coming in just over 8lbs|
|This one took a bare hook!|
- A 14 elastic is not heavy enough to deal with the bigger fish on commercial fisheries like Cefn Mably, I’ll need to increase to a 16 or more likely 18.
- Always make rigs in either pairs or triples. If you get snapped off you have a backup ready to go in an instant.
- Consider what I am feeding. The turning point between catching Bream and Carp was using bigger hook baits and changing my pellet feed.