On Saturday I was again fortunate to fish The Seggy Pool at Dudmaston Hall with my brother David, who is a member of the Kinver Freeliners and who kindly secured a guest ticket
for me. I love The Seggy Pool: it is everything an estate lake should be, being tree girt and mysterious. Indeed, it's a mystery how the carp got into the pool in the first place; but I suspect it was from another Dudmaston lake, immediately above it, which
is "off limits" even for club members.
I was a little worried about how the heatwave summer might have affected the Seggy, which is shallow - and indeed it was down
by 1.5ft or so. We had little choice but to fish from the dam, and even here I barely had 2ft of water in front of me. I picked a spot at the end of a run of bushes, with the idea that any carp cruising under the shelter of those bushes would be intercepted
there. I placed my bait - garlic-flavoured luncheon meat, provided by Dave, in a small channel between the bottom weed: but would the carp oblige? I was using a classic sight-bob rig, by the way, which is ideal for such shallow water.
I was quickly into a carp, which just as quickly threw the hook. I was a little disappointed, but I still had carp in my swim. The water was a little stirred up but I could easily make out their gliding forms
and, at times, I could see carp tails upending near my sight-bob, as they nosed down to feed. Dissolving micro-pellets - also provided by Dave - really seemed to be to their taste, as an attractor. Soon enough, my bob shot away and I was into an almost nude
mirror which, at 10lbs 9oz, turned out to be the largest fish of the day. The fight and the runs were quite impressive, in such shallow water. I managed two more carp - none as large, but I was delighted to get another linear mirror from the pool (having caught
a linear there last year) and a gorgeous looking common.
Dogs jumping in were a problem at times: this is a National Trust pool, with walks all around it; but why can't
dog owners show a little more consideration?
The vast swarms of micro rudd were also a nuisance at times - David noticed how they were even lifting large chunks of luncheon
meat up to the surface! He suffered from the rudd more, and for longer, than me: and, having still manged to catch two small tench on the float, he opted for a light swimfeeder rig to get the bait down quickly. The bait was still meat, but the feeder was packed
with the dissolving micro-pellets. This worked a treat, in conjunction with an Avon quiver tip rod, and he ended up with three stunning looking commons to his credit.
are these carp? They certainly seem to have Leney characteristics: but some commons also look rather "wildiesque". There are some hefty commons in there, however, - leaping and occasionally cruising through. We both agreed at 15lbs plus, for a conservative
estimate - and they may go more than that.
It's a stunning pool: and my thanks must go to David again, who made another great visit to Dudmaston possible.