Carp gallery Best catches re­vealed

41lb 2oz mir­ror last in the queue for a feed of boilies

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THE old say­ing that ‘the mar­gins are the best fea­ture on the lake’ rang true for Mark Tuc­knott, who landed a new per­sonal best and venue record last week.

The 55-year-old from Rom­ford, East London, was fish­ing at Long Lake in Read­ing when he banked the water’s first-ever forty in the shape of this 41lb 2oz mir­ror.

It came from a mar­ginal stalk­ing spot that Mark had kept topped up with bait since be­gin­ning his ses­sion at the 8.5-acre venue.

He said: “I spread a kilo of mixed 12mm, 16mm and 20mm boilies over a spot not far from the bank and kept a close eye on it. On the first day a num­ber of fish vis­ited it, but none of them dropped down to feed.

“I checked the spot the fol­low­ing morn­ing and all the bait had gone, so I put in an­other five handfuls and placed my hook­bait among them – a crit­i­cally-bal­anced Manilla boilie made from a cut­down pop-up.”

Mark then en­dured an ag­o­nis­ing cou­ple of hours watch­ing a suc­ces­sion of fish con­tin­u­ing to visit the area and feed on his spot, be­fore even­tu­ally his buzzer screamed into life.

“After half-an-hour, two fish drifted in and took a bait each be­fore mov­ing off. Twenty min­utes later an­other good fish came in and did the same,” Mark said.

“This con­tin­ued for the next two hours, be­fore an up­per dou­ble-fig­ure koi wolfed down most of the re­main­ing bait.

“I in­tro­duced an­other two handfuls of 12mm boilies, and about an hour later I had a scream­ing take. A mon­u­men­tal bat­tle fol­lowed be­fore I slipped the net un­der the huge mir­ror known as Lead Head. It was an in­cred­i­ble ses­sion, and to bag the lake’s first forty was a huge bonus!”

Mark Tuc­knott and his prized 41lb 2oz mir­ror.

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