48 Hours at Banjo Lake – Lea Valley – Part 1

I’ve been thinking a lot about my fishing lately, more specifically this summer/autumn and I’ve got this horrible feeling I’ve been wasting a lot of my time.

I’ll elaborate…  Whilst I never ever see any time spent on the bank as a waste due to seeing fishing as a continual learning experience, I don’t think I’ve made the most of the time I have had to fish this year.

Don’t get me wrong, as an angler I feel as though I have improved my all round fishing skills this year, casting and accuracy, rigs and bait presentation and my watercraft has certainly improved. That being said, most of the time I’m still fishing the same day ticket waters I have for years where single figure or a mid-double milky white mirror is commonplace, you might catch 2 or 3 per 24 hours and you can’t really expect anything bigger than that. But I WANT MORE!

I’ve had brief forays to great lakes this year – I fished for some of the crackers at Waterside Fisheries in Chesham for a few short stints, unfortunately coming away empty netted, as do a lot of people at Waterside – but most of the time I’ve been a bit lazy and just plotted up at lakes I know, lakes that are round the corner, easy to fish and not really felt satisfied. Because of this I fancied a change and decided to fish somewhere I hadn’t been in nearly 5 years, Banjo Lake at Lea Valley, Stanstead Abbotts.

So as I said, I’d fished Banjo 5 years ago with my mate and fellow ATA member Barni Jackman but what I didn’t mention is we did more mucking around than we did fishing, I wasn’t experienced and just chucked out a few PVA bags full of pellet and expected to catch… we didn’t. We fished it for the day on a Tuesday after a bank holiday where it was packed to the rafters and we didn’t get a single bleep and I decided it was rubbish and never wanted to go back. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been looking at options of places to fish and the Lea Valley complex just kept popping up so I decided I’d consider it. A look at their Facebook page showed some nice 20lb+ carp coming out with regularity, bosh, that was it, I’d give it another go.

I text the bailiff and got booked myself and Tom onto the last 2 decent pegs left on the lake – Peg 9 & Peg 10 for a 48 hour session, Friday night till Sunday night.

To be continued.