A few hours passed without any action for anyone, so I decided I would introduce some bait – maggots, hemp, corn and Essential Cell boilies – onto a spot that I’d found not far out, around 40 yards. I introduced around 20 Spombs and then clipped all three rods up to the spot, two on multi rigs with pop ups, and the other on a maggot rig.
Signs of activity were still non-existent until Nick’s rod burst into life and he was attached to what looked like a decent fish. After a good scrap we safely netted the fish, and it was clearly a good 30. At 35 lb 6 oz, it was a new PB for Nick. We were buzzing to even see a fish, but it was extra special to share this moment with Nick. This is what carp fishing is all about!
Before dark I put another ten Spombs over the spot, and it wasn’t until first light that my right-hand rod, on a multirig, burst into life and I was attached to one angry carp. The margins were heavily reed-lined and the fish was trying to dart into every stalk of them, but eventually I managed to get the net under a really dark mirror.
I gave Nick a ring, as he was still asleep, and we weighed the fish. It settled at 27 lb 12 oz – a stunning-looking creature, pristine in its autumn colours.
The final few hours passed without bites for us or anybody on the lake, but we were very happy with the result – ours were the only two fish landed. I was made-up, and really looking forward to getting back for another go.