The Monsters In The Deep - Darrell Peck

We all know our very own Darrell Peck likes a challenge; this time around he has been out braving the cold weather, to get his teeth into a new target water in search of some of the famous commons that swim in the depths.

“In early December I was fortunate enough to be offered a winter ticket for Bundy’s Pit. To say it’s deep would be a massive understatement - apparently it can reach staggering depths to over 60ft in places, which is a head banger to say the least.

It’s an awesome little lake and at eight acres in size, it boats a nice stock with a big head of lovely, long 30lb and 40lb commons. They are all stunning fish, but after I saw the pictures of the Black common, I knew it was truly a fish of a lifetime. The trouble is, it’s a rare visitor to the bank, having not been out for two years. Should I be lucky enough to catch her, it will be all the more pleasurable.

I haven’t fished anywhere that deep before and it will certainly take a little time to get my head around it. From my experience, it seems that lakes with extreme depth to them, tend to fish a little later than your standard depth venues. The theory being it takes longer for it to cool off.

Word on the vine is that it tends to fish well through December and then slows right off in January, which to my mind is the worst month in the carpers’ calendar.
I didn’t get off to the best of starts, as I managed to lose my first two bites during a couple of December trips.
Before I knew it, Christmas was here and my next trip wasn’t until early January. Luckily, the weather was still very good with temperatures into double figures. Thankfully upon arrival to my next trip, I was greeted with the news that they were still getting caught.
To cut a long story short, I got into one of the pegs that fished towards the middle zone of the lake. I then quickly clipped up around some distance sticks to some marks I’d plumbed on an earlier trip. This was to avoid any extra disturbance. It was then just a case of flicking them out against the clips and putting three or four spods of Hybrid crumb over the top.

Rig wise, I had reverted back to my tried and tested hinged-stiff rigs, after my earlier hook pulls. It’s a set-up I’ve used a great deal in the past and one that has served me well.
On the first morning, I bagged a couple of nice twenties, just on first light. On dusk, I had another bite, which unfortunately came adrift, but before I had time to sulk for too long, I had another two low-twenties in my nets. With all three rods having to be recast in the dark before 11pm, I decided to top up with some more bait, only three spods on each rod, which is more than enough, as it was clear they were getting on it.

The next take came around 10am; I was instantly aware that it was pulling a little more ponderously than the others. So, I took my time and after it beat me up in the depths, I finally netted a lovely, long common.
Hopefully, I’ll have some more news for you guys throughout the year, but I won’t count my chickens too soon, as the weather looks set to get cold. I’m really keen to have a play around with zigs on this venue; I think it has got massive potential."

Until then be lucky.