Lucky thir­teen at Car­plan­tis

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Af­ter a very hot and hec­tic week in Croa­tia, Steve and Joan Briggs had to leave a cou­ple of days early to head up to Hol­land for the wed­ding of Car­plan­tis Lake own­ers, Koos and Heves Wal­ters. De­spite the 16-hour drive they were soon cel­e­brat­ing in style and to show his ap­pre­ci­a­tion, Koos asked Steve and Joan if they would like to stay on for a few days at Car­plan­tis – which the pair ea­gerly ac­cepted! It was Steve’s am­bi­tion to try and catch a 50lb carp from Hol­land and Car­plan­tis pro­vided per­haps the best op­por­tu­nity. It was the sum­mer shut down at the lake and so they had the choice of swims, which can be a bless­ing, and a curse, with no other an­glers on the lake. But they de­cided on the Po­sei­don swim as they’d not fished it be­fore. The lake did have two au­to­matic feed­ers op­er­at­ing 24-hours a day so the fish wouldn’t be hun­gry and so Steve started off steadily with the bait and spread just a few ki­los of Scopex Squid boilies around the areas. Af­ter a quiet start, Steve got off the mark with an im­mac­u­late 41lb 8oz mir­ror and then the ac­tion started to pick up with two more mir­rors to 37lb 8oz. Steve moved one rod to a 9ft spot where he’d seen a fish show and, in the evening, a fast run was fol­lowed by a long, tough bat­tle. His eyes lit up when he saw it was a big com­mon but he re­ally couldn’t be­lieve it when the scales gave a read­ing of 51lb 8oz – his lon­gawaited Dutch 50! It meant, of course, that this was the thir­teenth coun­try that Steve has now had 50s from! It was a new best weight for the fish known as the Su­per Moon Com­mon. As Steve in­creased the bait­ing, the ac­tion in­creased too and al­though he only fished for four and a half days in to­tal, he banked a fur­ther 14 carp, in­clud­ing an­other ten 30s, three 40s and, just to prove it was no fluke, the fab­u­lous mir­ror known as the Fish of Two Halves at 50lb 2oz to com­plete a bril­liant trip.

HOL­LAND: CAR­PLAN­TIS The Su­per Moon Com­mon at 51lb 8oz for Brig­gsy in Hol­land

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