Five for­ties and two fifties for bailiff who works in France

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

DAVE Smed­ley was cel­e­brat­ing this week af­ter tak­ing one of the biggest hauls of day-ticket carp in his­tory.

The 48-year-old, who works as a bailiff at French venue Dream Lakes, came back to home shores to spend a week on Meadow Lake, at Holme Fen Fish­ery in Cam­bridgeshire, and marked his re­turn by tak­ing a stag­ger­ing hit of fish that in­cluded mir­rors weigh­ing 40lb 2oz, 40lb 15oz, 44lb 4oz, 47lb 14oz, 48lb 12oz, 53lb 8oz and 54lb 14oz.

All seven of the huge fish, plus a brace of twen­ties and thir­ties, came from a 12ft-deep area at 110 yards range, and fell to Main­line Salty Squid wafter boilies pre­sented over a bed of new Main­line boilies that Dave was field test­ing for the com­pany.

The se­cret to Dave’s haul was to keep things sim­ple and to try to avoid mak­ing much dis­tur­bance – as he ex­plained.

“There were quite a few marker and spod rods being used by the other an­glers on the lake, and I’ve al­ways found that at this time of the year, when the fish are less ac­tive, they won’t put up with that sort of dis­tur­bance.

“The bailiff had told me about a clean area out in front of the swim I was fish­ing, so I sim­ply at­tached a bare lead to my spod rod, cast it out, and it went down with a crack. ‘That’ll do for starters’ I thought, and I never moved my three rods from the spot all week!”

Dave kicked things off with a 35lb 8oz fish, with his next three carp out being the 48, the 53 and the 54. He caught reg­u­larly over the next few days, and capped the haul off with a 44-pounder on the last morn­ing of his stay.

“All the fish scrapped like mad – I couldn’t be­lieve how hard they fought. I was to­tally blown away by the ses­sion. What an amazing venue!” he added.


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