Chilled cap­tor wades in to pre­bait

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

WAD­ING into the wa­ter in just his pants gave John Clar­idge a heavy cold, but the per­fect tonic in the shape of this 46lb 3oz mir­ror.

Af­ter for­get­ting his waders dur­ing an ear­lier pre­bait­ing visit to the Sand and Gravel syn­di­cate in the Cotswolds, the 43-year-old was forced to brave the chilly wa­ter in his un­der­wear.

But all John’s dis­com­fort was soon for­got­ten when he banked the mir­ror known as Look at the Length at an all-time top weight.

The Swin­don rod, who man­ages Tackle Den in South Cer­ney, said: “I was nurs­ing man-flu – prob­a­bly some­thing to do with hav­ing to pre­bait in my pants in cold wa­ter up to my thighs as I’d for­got­ten my chesties – but I got the rods out rel­a­tively eas­ily as I’d al­ready put on hook­baits and clipped the lines up to the pre­cise dis­tance. Full of cold, I turned the alarms up a notch and hit the sack early.”

At dawn the next day John re­ceived a pos­i­tive bite af­ter a few sub­tle lin­ers and pulled into a big fish.

“As the carp neared the bank,” he said, “the car­bon throbbed un­der my hand and I knew what I was at­tached to was a lot heav­ier that any­thing I had caught so far this sea­son. A back then popped to the sur­face and, quickly ad­just­ing the net po­si­tion, I stepped for­ward and en­gulfed my prize.

“The depth of the beast was im­mense and I sum­moned all my strength to heave him safely up to the await­ing mat. A very spe­cial carp from a spe­cial lake.”

Worth catch­ing (a cold for) was John’s 46lb 3oz fish.

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