14 intrepid anglers set out on a two day exposition to tackle some of the most fearsome lakes in the county of Dorset. Setup with only a rod and line to protect them they travelled far and arrived at their first challenge where they were met by a man with a large pole (Graham from Dorset District Angling Association D-DAS).
The anglers were shown how to tackle up and get ready to tackle some of the largest carp and tench known to man. Despite the fears of being dragged in to the bottomless lake where the Monster of Shaunhill lives (an 18lb Carp know to have the pulling power of a two ton track).
Despite these dangers the anglers were not disturbed in their challenge and set to conquer the lake and its might inhabitants. After about 50 tangles and spaghetti lines and birds’ nests (I was very grateful to have Mr Woods and Graham available to help me with these) the benefits of their labour were soon rewarded with a 4lb Common Carp. On the first day only two anglers failed to catch (is does help if they use bait!), so we returned triumph and ready for the challengers the next day would bring.
The next day and the first big challenge I faced was straightening my back after a day spent squatting on a river bank. So the next challenge was Harbour Bridge where Jim the owner and Graham from D-DAS anxiously awaited our arrival.
On arrival at Harbour Bridge we were meet with the challenge of using Pole’s, Floats, Ledger and Whips to tackle the challenge ahead. As the day started we were lead into a false sense of security as the fish came out in plentiful abounds. But a storm was approaching and soon the heavens opened to a deluge which washed a lot of our baits away and nearly a few anglers. Cover was sort as we piled onto the minibus. But two anglers sat out the storm under the protection of Graham who could not find his car keys so decided to sit out the storm and continue to fish.
Luckily the storm broke and we left the safe haven of the minibus to continue our adventure. New bait arrived in the form of Paul from Chesil Bait n Tackle also a D-DAS member (just along the Portland Road excellent supply of sea angling tackle and baits). Whips were given to several of our intrepid anglers and soon they were whipping fish out at an almighty rate.
On the second day the 14 anglers managed to catch over 450 fish (an average of over 32 fish each). The catch was a mixture of rudd, roach and carp. Tired but elated by overcoming many challenges it was time to put our tackle away and set off home. Before going we gave our thanks to Graham and Paul who gave up their own time to assist us (a job I could not have managed on my own and two of the counties best fishermen, their expertise was legendary as one young man put it), also to Mr Cole as a very good friend of the school and member of D-DAS for his experience and driving the minibus, to Mr Woods again a very good friend of the school who gave up a day’s holiday at very late notice (apparently was due to decorate his home, sorry Sarah!), and finally to Jim the lake owner who kindly allowed us to use his lake, a fantastic venue.
Notice of a Youth Angling Session in The Summer Holidays:
D-DAS are holding a family fun angling day at Harbour Bridge on the 13th August. D-DAS were kind enough to make the ALE fishing trip possible lending us their rods, reels, tackle, personnel and lakes. They helped to provide expert guidance in the form of Graham and Paul. Details of the event they are holding can be found by visiting WWW.D-DAS.COM they are truly a friendly and well run club who endeavour to help support and grow youth angling.
A BIG THANK YOU TO THE CLUB AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL SUPPORT THE DAY