The top pond at Keston is smaller than the bottom pond but contains just as much weed which makes presentation a little difficult. The lake holds a few carp to around 18lb and this includes some spectacular coloured Koi most probably unwanted pets. The usual problems of dog walkers, weed and hard fishing will have to be overcome if I want a Keston tinca.
31/08/11 - I decided to complete my first session, a quick one after work on a overcast mild day. One rod was rigged with a simple free running ledger with a long hook link straight through to a size 8 (specialist barbed) and the other, my main rod, on a more traditional waggler float set up straight through to smaller size 12 (specialist barbed) hook . Both on 1 1/2lb test curve soft tip barbel rods with 8lb line. On the float set up I positioned most of the shot four inches from the hook in order for the bait to get to the bottom through the blanket weed leaving only a small tip of the waggler showing to catch the most sensitive of bites.
On arrival there were many people fishing including the spot I had my eye on but they soon vanished and I moved in. Prawns were chosen bait for the hook with 6mm trout pellets and some ground bait scattered in the area. I tried to place the hook baits in gaps in the weed but still felt my presentation was being compromised. These tactics were recommended to me by a good fisherman and so I will persevere with them for now. The evening passed quickly and I had no fish. Just one uplift bite was all I had to show for the session. On my next session I may rake the swim prior to fishing to clear some weed allowing the hook bait presentation to be spot on and stir the bottom up.I will keep you updated until I get my prize.