The back end of the river season was a washout with ice, snow and high-water levels. So, a few days after the thaw set in, I retreated to the deep Specimen Lake at Woodlands. I had unfinished business there after losing a massive roach back in February. There were not many people about, so I managed to get the same swim I fished before, although I wasn’t that confident because the water had an icy looking tinge to it. My main line of attack was going to be the feeder again, a free running cage design with a dark groundbait containing a smattering of casters and a few grains of hemp. When bites are hard to come by red maggots usually score best on the hook, so I kicked off with a double offering of red grubs on a size 18, tied to a 0.11mm fluorocarbon trace.