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
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