Given that you have a lot of patience, fishing can be great fun and also rewarding when you take the kids. Add to that, night fishing, then it becomes that little more testing, especially when one little boy is 5yrs old and has not done this before.
So we needed a safe venue not to far from home which wasn’t just about the fishing, we wanted it to feel like an adventure for the kids so were better than Lloyds Meadow, only problem there is no night fishing allowed. A little conversation with Danny and he said we was welcome just name the date.
The kids were buzzing with excitement and armed themselves with head torch’s, wildlife apps and walkie talkies for searching out the abundance of different wildlife that can be found at Lloyds Meadows and surrounding areas during the day and especially at night-time.
An early start seen Stu and I load up the cars to the max and go and set up base camp on Heron lake which consisted of bivys,cooking stove and every bit of fishing gear we could manage.
With the kids not getting dropped off until around dinner time it was only manners that we had a few hours fishing ourselves!
A few early morning munters caught on the Monster Lobster paste feeding pellets.
Kieran was the first to arrive full of smiles and a little nervous about staying out for the night, but he soon was in the thick of the action sat on his Grandad Stu’s box catching carp, this was priceless watching such a young child taking in everything that was getting said to him.
Our next visitor was an unexpected but welcome one. Friend of ours Dave turned up with his daughter Frankie who given the chance would have loved to have stayed the night with us, while she was there she helped us out with a net fish.
Soon after Lucas turned up and this ramped up the children’s conversation no end; what they were going to see in the night-time and how late they were staying up and the serious matter of catching more fish than me and Stu!
The instant bonding these two show made me think these are going to be fishing buddies for many a year.
Not wanting to stop for tea the lads fished away doing most things between them always asking questions and showing willing and patience to get better every time they put in.
The pictures below showed the great effort and team work they showed ( which was difficult at times with the fish fighting hard and using my fishing set up ).
The fishing was frantic whether it was a small roach or a hard fighting carp each was welcome like a gold medal at the Olympics!
As the day time was coming to an end it was time to make all the tackle safe from the foxes and badgers that come out at night and the pesky ducks all looking for a bite to eat, it was also time for us to have some hots dogs which the kids helped to warm up on the stove.
Now came the exciting bit head torches on it was time for us to go for a walk round the lakes just before total darkness set in, such a beautiful setting as the fish were crashing around and the buzzards were still out trying to get some supper but what we wanted to see was the friendly fox so not making too much noise we headed off to badger lake and there he was not spooked by us he just got on with his business then went back into the bushes.
Time now for the lads to settle down very reluctantly in the bivys but they carried on chatting with their walkie talkies.
A quick brew and we couldn’t resist the chance of some fishing in the dark,this brought back so many memories fishing on the canal under the stars with starlight on your float.
Myself and Stu caught and lost a few for a couple of hours in the dark fishing pellets in the margins.
By now the lads were fast asleep but the amount of noise coming from all different kinds of wildlife creatures, birds and monsters ( so I was told ) was amazing, as the ducks carried on their own party on the lake it was time to turn in ready for fishing in the morning.
A fresh start to the morning kicked off with plenty of fish for me while everyone else was sleeping.
Kieran being so popular as he is had to go home after breakfast for other commitments but this didn’t put Lucas off as he carried on where he left off from yesterday.
Every few hours emptying our nets.
Jumping from box to box Lucas even had time to pinch a few from Stu’s swim.
We caught a lot of quality fish but it was a team effort from the four of us.
The kids will not forget their time spent at Lloyds Meadows for a lot of reasons but for me and Stu what stood out was there eagerness to watch and learn asking questions and really enjoying themselves.
I know we visit Lloyds regular throughout the year but this place came alive like I have never seen it before and for that we couldn’t thank Danny enough for letting us spend the night at such a wonderful place.
Unit next time, it’s been a pleasure!