An early January visit to Yateley’s Sandhurst venue paid off for Oz with two cold water January mirrors. The christmas period had seen high pressure sitting over the country bringing cold air and frosty conditions, rendering many of the countries lakes frozen for periods of time. A small window of opportunity appeared in the New year, a milder airstream and light drizzle helping thaw the ice and a call to the venues owner Nick confirmed the venue was now ice free. Oz made the journey up from East Kent to Yateley and soon settled into a swim with a good view of the lake and a bit of winter form. Spombing out a mix of  crumbed i-bait boilies soaked in the matching glug , liquidised corn and a few maggots to a slightly deeper area at the back of a decaying weed-bed, the session began on a flat calm, gloomy Sunday afternoon. Oz takes up the story…

‘ I settled in for the night after a few tea’s and a New Year catch up with some good friends who live in the area. Shortly after dark, as a light drizzle fell I started receiving little lifts on my light bobbins. The two rods cast onto the baited area had come alive and I was confident of some action despite the low water temperature. The highly attractive and soluble nature of the bait was working its magic and I was convinced carp were in the area and the zone was activated. At 6.30 am the left hand rod was away and I found myself standing on the gravel of the swim in bare feet playing the first carp of 2017 (no time for boots when it’s your first of the year)! She was soon in the net and once secured I legged it back under the cover of the brolly, sparked up the burner and warmed my feet back up before checking on my prize. In the gloomy light of that winter morning I looked in on the dark chestnut back of a corking scaley Sandhurst mirror, a great start to the year! My good mate Ben popped down to take the shots and we soon had her back into the cold clear waters of the lake.

After few spombs of the mix to freshen up the spot, I got the rods back out early afternoon and settled in for my second night. The wind had picked up and a freshening westerly bought heavy rain across the area. Just after dark the right hand rod signalled a fast take so I grabbed my overcoat and got to work. Just as the rain eased off a grey leathery mirror slipped into the net making a lovely end to a January trip!’