Catch of the week The tac­tics be­hind the week’s best fish, and ex­pert ad­vice

Ten-fish for a 311lb haul from Hor­ton’s Kingsmead One

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

TAK­ING time to look for fish be­fore set­ting up is rarely time wasted, as James Butcher proved when he took a mam­moth haul of 10 big carp dur­ing an ac­tion-packed ses­sion.

The Finch­ley, East Lon­don rod banked six twen­ties, three thir­ties and a crack­ing 44lb 2oz mir­ror from RK Leisure’s Hor­ton 30-acre Kingsmead One lake in Berk­shire. He tar­geted an area where, on ar­rival, he’d found a num­ber of fish ly­ing up in the weed.

He said: “I chose a swim called The Bream, which was the clos­est one to where the fish were hold­ing up in the weedbed un­der the bridge at the east­ern end of the lake. I then put ap­prox­i­mately 4kg of boilies out to try to in­ter­cept them as they moved in and out of the area.”

Af­ter kick­ing things off with a 34lb 4oz com­mon on his first day, shortly af­ter first light the fol­low­ing morn­ing James banked a 37lb 14oz mir­ror known as the Mug Sut­ton.

The ac­tion then con­tin­ued steadily from that point on, with a fur­ther six twen­ties and a 32lb 2oz

com­mon, be­fore on the last day of the ses­sion, the cherry on the cake ar­rived in the form of a big mir­ror known as Moony weigh­ing in at 44lb 2oz.

“The weather was very warm and over­cast, and when the wind got up a lit­tle I tended to get a bite or two,” said James.

“How­ever, I had noth­ing at all dur­ing the hours of dark­ness – I think the fish moved out of the weedbed as the sun set late in the evening, be­fore mov­ing back into the area at dawn.

“Af­ter each fish I put around a kilo of bait out, and the more I put out, the more runs I had. I lost a cou­ple of fish due to hook-pulls in the weed, but there’s no way I’m com­plain­ing – I was buzzing af­ter a ses­sion like that!”

THE 38lb 12oz Korda Fish was best of three to fall on a short Swan Val­ley overnighter to Ben Jones on Sticky Krill. LEE Tomp­kins was field-test­ing a new boilie from Bait-Tech when he took this 40lb 4oz mir­ror from the Es­sex Manor. A THREE-night trip to Yate­ley Pads Lake yielded this 37lb mir­ror to Lee Wheeler on CC Moore Pa­cific Tuna white pop-ups. MARK Ayliffe (50) from Dun­sta­ble caught this 36lb 4oz fish from El­stow Pit 1 on Sticky Baits Krill ready­made boilies. NATHAN Bur­rows had two carp in 24 hours from York­shire’s Eric’s Wil­lows Lake, topped by this 42lb 8oz gi­ant. James with the 44lb 2oz mir­ror called Moony. The Mug Sut­ton weighed in at 37lb 14oz. 38lb 40lb 37lb 36lb 42lb

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