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