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Two fifties in Holme Fen catch boosted by three thir­ties

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

STEVE Wright banked one of the big­gest carp braces in his­tory with mir­rors of 57lb 1oz and 52lb 14oz from Mead­ows Lake at Holme Fen in Cam­bridgeshire.

The 35-year-old also had carp of 38lb 2oz and 37lb 6oz for a four­fish av­er­age of over 46lb, be­fore nip­ping next door to Poach­ers Pool and bank­ing a 33-pounder!

“Put it this way,” the Stock­port carper told Angling Times with a chuckle. “I’d caught three thir­ties in my en­tire fish­ing life be­fore this trip, and now I’ve had two fifties and four thir­ties in the same ses­sion.”

Steve was among a group of nine an­glers on Mead­ows Lake, which is open to all on a book­ing sys­tem, but spent two of his six nights on the neigh­bour­ing Poach­ers Pool.

He came third in the draw for swims on Mead­ows and opted to set up in Party Point Dou­ble.

“I’ve been to Holme Fen twice be­fore and caught both times, but I’d been re­ally un­lucky and caught stock­ies of 16lb and 19lb,” said builder Steve.

“Party Point Dou­ble was my third-choice swim and we hadn’t seen any fish, but I knew there was a clear spot to fish at about 16-and-a-bit wraps (65 yards). The first night I put two rods on that spot and had the 52-pounder, so I switched all my rods to that area for the sec­ond night.

“Noth­ing hap­pened the sec­ond night and I think I had prob­a­bly put too many rods on the spot, so I left two on there for the third night and had the 38.

“On the last night I was stand­ing in the swim with a mate and we saw a fish come straight out of the

wa­ter over the spot, and lit­er­ally within a cou­ple of sec­onds the bob­bin pulled up and line started slowly tick­ing off the spool. I struck but pulled into ab­so­lutely noth­ing. “I quickly reeled in and cast the same bait out again. “As I put the rod on the rests it screamed off and I landed the 57-pounder, be­fore hav­ing the 37 within the hour.”

14oz fish. with this 52lb Steve was re­warded First night, and On the last night this 57lb 1oz fish graced the net.

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