DreamLake 3 can see a healthy growth of weed through the warmer months so you will need to use your marker float to loacte suitable spots within your swim. As the weed grows spots can cahnge week on week and when you are fishing in and around the weed using backleads is not advisible. It also pays to be prepared to drop your lead on the take in neccissary - the hooked fish will then swim much higher in the water and become easier to land.
SWIM 1: This swim dose not get fished a lot because of people fishing swim 2, which cuts off swim 1 and because it has a better angle to the tree line. So we say if someones is fishing swim 1 you don’t go into swim 2 and vice verser. So if you choose to go in here you have the tree line on your right - its not as far to cast from here.
SWIM 2: Use the marker float to find spots in this peg - cast the float to showing fish because there's a good chance this will be over a clear spot. You also have the tree line this can be abit of a cast to some spots - over 24 raps. More silt than gravel out here.
SWIM 3: Again use the marker float to find clear spots, there are some nice gravel areas out here.
SWIM 4: Use the marker float to find clear areas, there will be silt and gravel spots. Also when the sun is up you can make out the two gravel bars which are either side of halfway. These are good markers for the halfway mark.
SWIM 5: There are two gravel bars in front of your swim here. The channel inbetween them is about halfway across. Cast the marker around to find your spots.
SWIM 6: Again it's important to use the marker float to find spots you are happy with as there are some nice big gravel areas to be found here.
SWIM 7: Sixteen and a half wraps is a good starting distance from this swim - use the marker float to find the nice gravel areas. Fish tend to show around 40 yards out so this distance is a good place to have a bait.
SWIM 8: You have a tree line on your left where you can walk round with the marker float to find clear spots, pop the float up then walk back to your swim and clip-up your fishing rod to the float - then you can keep going round and dropping bait out on the spot. There are gravel spots around halfway out, but fish show around 40 yards and this a good area.
SWIM 9: Similar to swim 8 you can fish the tree line on your right, walking round with the marker float find your spot bait up. There is also a big gravel area halfway out.
SWIM 10: There are gravel spots here between 16 and 17 wraps and use the marker float to find these.
SWIM 11: Fish will show and bUbble to your right around 13 wraps out where there are gravel and silt areas. Also look to find the gravel areas at 16 to 18 wraps out.
SWIM12: This is called the bailiffs swim, but if the bailiff is not fishing here it is available to fish. There is a nice big gravel area towards swim 7 about 12 to 14 wraps out. This swim is more gravel then slit so try find the silt runs with your maker float.
SWIM 13: in this swim you the main thing to point out is the two bars which can be seen if the sun is bright. Thirteen and half wraps to the back of the bar and 12 wraps to the front. A lot of silt around the bars too - so use your maker float to fine these areas.
SWIM 14: Mostly gravel in this swim - look for fish showing and use the maker float to find the spots.
SWIM 15: Out towards swim 2 is a nice patch of gravel the fish like to show in this area so use the maker float to find your spots.
SWIM 16: looking to the tree line to your left there is a tree that over hangs the water this is around 20 wraps. At 19 raps there is a nice little patch of gravel out towards the far corner - also towards swim 1 at 17 wraps you'll find a silt area using the maker float.
'WRAPS' AND THE TWO BANKSTICK TRICK
You will find reference to clipping-up and casting 'wraps' in our Swim Guide sections as well as hear this from the bailiffs when on-site. Basically this is a method known commonly as 'The Two Bankstick Trick' which helps you record and set your casting distance to exactly the same range every cast, day or night. The benefits are obviously huge as this means you can spod bait precisely to the location of your rigs and return your fishing rods quickly to the same spot after catching fish. Here's how its done...
STEP-ONE: Once you have found your fishing spot with the marker cast a bare lead to the spot and place the main line under the clip on the reel spool and reel in.
STEP-TWO: Lay your fishing rod on the ground (normally a 12' rod - four-yards) and push a bankstick into the ground at each end.
STEP-THREE: Now wrap your lead, spod/Spomb or marker around one of the banksticks to secure it in place and your ready for the next step.
STEP-FOUR: Open the bail-arm of the reel and wind 'wrap' the main line between the two banksticks until you reach the line clip - couting the wraps as you go.
STEP-FIVE: Record the number of wraps so you can repeat the process at anytime (day or night), line-up with a far bank marker and cast to the same spot everytime.
APPROX. CARP STOCK
Twenty-pound plus - 200
Thirty-pound plus - 200
Forty-pound plus - 150
Fifty-pound plus - 15-20
Sixty-pound plus - 2
Eighty-pound plus - 1