Mov­ing onto show­ing fish pays off at Kingsmead

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

JAMES Butcher has con­tin­ued his mem­o­rable au­tumn on Kingsmead One lake by bank­ing the big mir­ror known as ‘The Scar’ at 47lb 10oz.

Just a few weeks af­ter making a bumper ten-fish haul from the Berk­shire venue, the East Lon­don rod again got among the big­ger mir­rors in the 30-acre lake on the sec­ond night of a four-day ses­sion.

Once again, keen ob­ser­va­tion played a key role in the cap­ture.

“On the first night I fished a swim where the fish had been show­ing when I ar­rived, but by the morn­ing they had done the off. I saw a few shows in an­other part of the lake, so moved my kit round and, as I knew the spots, I flicked the rods out and put out 10 baits around each,” said James.

“Af­ter three hours I de­cided to give it some bait, in­tro­duc­ing 1.5kg over each rod to get the fish graz­ing. As it got dark the fish be­gan to show again, and I sat up lis­ten­ing. Even­tu­ally I crashed out, only to be wo­ken by lin­ers on my right hand rod. The tip soon pulled down but when I struck, there was noth­ing there,” he added.

“I re­cast a lit­tle shorter and got back into the bag and the next thing I knew the right hand rod pulled up tight and I was play­ing a really heavy carp. It beat me up big time for about 15 min­utes or so be­fore I could net it. On the scales it went 47lb 10oz. Happy days!”

The im­pres­sive ‘Scar’, weigh­ing in at 47lb 10oz

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