The right-hand rod tore off and the fish was tak­ing lots of line.

Wet, but happy

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

On the jour­ney home, I re­flected on how watch­ing the water for any signs of ac­tiv­ity is so cru­cial, be­cause if I hadn’t seen that fish top, I would never have had a bite.

I had a busy sched­ule over the week­end, but the weather looked spot-on, with south-west­erly winds, lots of rain and tem­per­a­tures not go­ing above 15 de­grees. I knew that I sim­ply had to get the rods out, so I man­aged to move some things around and squeeze in six hours on Sun­day.

I as­sumed that my syn­di­cate lake would be busy, so I didn’t attempt to drive there. Jamie had done the night on his fish­ery, Stan­ford Hall, and landed some good fish, so I melt­down, and af­ter a de­cent scrap I safely net­ted a scaly mir­ro­rof just over 20 lb. By this time I was com­pletely soaked and cov­ered in mud, but the dis­com­fort was well worth it.

An­other two wet hours passed be­fore the right-hand rod tore off and the fish was tak­ing lots of line. It felt a lot heav­ier than the previous fish, stay­ing deep the whole time be­fore it fi­nally popped up, and with the first scoop of the net, it was mine. The fish was fairly plain-look­ing with a clus­ter of scales near to its tail, and it pulled the nee­dle round to

27 lb 8 oz.

With the rod back out, it was soon time to try to dry off be­fore pack­ing up in the rain. I was gut­ted that I’d had to leave, as it looked good for more bites!

AN­THONY JONES fished a large, clear area that he had pre-baited at 160 yards on Ox­ford­shire’s Stoneacres, on the Linch Hill site, for this 45 lb 4 oz mir­ror carp. The 35-year-old an­gler used a Main­line Cell boilie with a 10 oz lead.CARPENTER Jamie Collins tack­led Cam­bridgeshire’s in-form Grenville for this 46 lb 8 oz mir­ror carp. Haultwick, Hert­ford­shire­based Jamie, 35, used a Sticky Bait The Krill dumb­bell wafter in a solid PVA bag with Krill and Blood­worms pel­lets.

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