Anglers Mail - - Carp Crew -

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.

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