FOUR FORTIES TOP MANIC MANOR HAUL
Six fish for a 236lb 10oz total
SIX big carp, including four over 40lb, fell to Simon Kenny’s rods during a memorable 72 hours on the Essex Manor.
Having arrived at the venue to find it virtually empty, the 32-yearold from Diss, in Norfolk, dropped into one of his favourite swims and placed two rods on a hard clay spot at 20 yards’ range, and the third in deeper water.
At 9pm on the first evening one of the rods on the hard spot roared off, resulting in a fish known as The Peach at 43lb 8oz. This being a repeat capture, he put it back without a photo.
Twenty four hours later Simon received another blistering take on the same rod and after a slow, ponderous fight the biggest common in the venue – the Bream Common – was sitting in his landing net weighing 43lb 4oz.
Things continued to get even better the following day, as Simon explained: “Just on first light the same rod was away yet again, resulting in a 29lb 14oz mirror, and I was just sorting the camera out when the other rod on the same spot burst into life and I was doing battle with another heavy fish.
“This one weighed 40lb 8oz – I could hardly believe the trip I was having.”
There was a repeat performance the next morning. Simon had just having netted another 40lb 8oz mirror, Pawprint, when his other rod signalled a take, resulting in a 39lb mirror known as Heart Tail.
“It was a mind-blowing session, and to catch four forties in a trip is more than I could ever have dreamed of” said Simon.
All his fish fell to pink Sticky Krill pop-ups or Signature yellow popups, fished over 6kg of boilies. He beat them using combi rigs made from 25lb Korda Mouthtrap and 20lb Korda N-trap.
Pawprint at 40lb 8oz capped the session.