With the local river still full of weed and an unappealing colour I decided to head down to Marsh Farm to see if the crucian carp wanted to play - and I'm glad I did!
I spent the morning on Richardson (match lake) where it was a bite a cast, landing 4 tench to 2lb, lots of skimmers and little roach, 2 perch and my target; three crucians to just over a pound.
The problem was the small roach, they would smash the maggots up on the drop leaving a dodgy looking bait for the target species - even so I found it difficult to drag myself away...
The afternoon saw me heading over to Harris (specimen lake) and a rain storm had driven everyone home, I had the pick of the place. It took a while to build a swim, but when one tench arrived - they all did!
The action was so thick and fast I totally lost track of how many tench I caught (I only caught tench). The smallest was over 3lb, with most of them over 4lb, the biggest went 5lb 2oz, top photo - new personal best - got my five pounder!
The biggest female went 4lb 15oz, below. It's hard to work out a weight for the afternoon (I only weighed the two that I thought might scrape over 5lb), but it wouldn't surprise me if it was over 100lb... What an afternoon's fishing!