Overnight suc­cess

This week: Billy makes time to fish an overnighter in high winds, with a great re­sult.

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

Wthe weather look­ing spot-on in the mid­dle part of the week, with warm weather and big south-westerly winds, I knew that I had to get out on the bank.

Luck­ily enough, I man­aged to jug­gle some work around so that I could fish Wednes­day night, as it re­ally did look bang-on carpy con­di­tions.

Now it was just a case of choos­ing what venue to go to, as it was a toss-up be­tween my two syn­di­cate wa­ters. But know­ing that Stan­ford Hall Big Lake’s Num­ber One fish, and pos­si­bly big­gest fish, was due out, it was a no-brainer.

This re­ally is a spe­cial fish, as it’s an im­mac­u­late lin­ear that goes high-30s, and it won’t be long be­fore she goes over the mag­i­cal 40 lb mark.

Get­ting my job done quickly on the day, I was soon pulling up to the gate just be­fore 3pm

Af­ter a quick look around, there were two other an­glers, one at ei­ther end of the lake. But with the weather the way that it was, I opted to fish a swim on the side of the lake, as the wind was hack­ing into my right-hand cor­ner, and it gives me the op­tion to fish ei­ther point of the is­land as well as open wa­ter.

Op­tions galore

With a lot of op­tions, and know­ing that the fish in Stan­ford are fed a lot of bait reg­u­larly, I de­cided to fish two rods over a lot of bait, and the other over less bait.

Af­ter a quick lead around, I soon found the shelf of the is­land, where I po­si­tioned two rods, and the other was fished down the right-hand mar­gin on a hard spot.

The two rods fished on the mar­ginal shelf of the is­land were fished on spin­ner rigs. The nice

Land­ing Stan­ford Hall’s The Clas­sic, at 37 lb 4 oz, left Billy buzzing. thing with these rigs is that they don’t have to be solely pop-up rigs, as you can also fish them as bot­tom baits.

With this in mind, the left-hand rod was fished with a Main­line Es­sen­tial Cell pop-up, and the right-hand with a wafter, which sat per­fectly with this pre­sen­ta­tion, al­low­ing the hook to sit on the lakebed and the bait to just waft up.

I de­posited 14 large Spombs over these two rods. This con­sisted of hemp, whole and crushed boilies and some good old sweet­corn, with some liq­uids added for ex­tra pulling at­trac­tion.

With these rods look­ing spot-on, it was just the right-hand rod left to do, and this was also fished over the top of the same spod mix. But be­cause it was only one rod this time, I started off with six large Spombs over the top of my blow­back rig, with a 15 mm Cell wafter hook bait on the hair.

Blis­ter­ing take

No more than an hour later my mid­dle rod went into com­plete melt­down, and was con­stantly strip­ping line off the reel un­til I bent into it, and even then it kept go­ing. I was think­ing to my­self that this was ei­ther a pow­er­ful carp or an an­gry stockie, and bat­tling the wind whilst play­ing the fish, with the net blow­ing around ev­ery­where, made it all good fun. But af­ter a good ten-minute bat­tle I had the fish in net­ting dis­tance.

The first time that I saw the fish I spied a few lin­ear scales. It had a big old belly, and I knew this was some­thing spe­cial. With the fish tak­ing big lunges and stay­ing deep, I fi­nally man­aged to keep it up enough to net it, and af­ter a look in the net, there it was, a fish known as The Clas­sic.

I was ab­so­lutely buzzing, and when I lifted the fish out of the net I in­stantly knew that it was a de­cent size, and the nee­dle set­tled on 37 lb 4 oz, mean­ing this was not only an ab­so­lute stun­ner, but also the sec­ond big­gest fish in the lake.

My friend Dave Light came round and did a pukka job with the cam­era.

The rod was repo­si­tioned on the spot, and an­other six Spombs were put over the top.

The wind howled all night un­til 2am, and the same rod was away again. This time a short bat­tle re­sulted in a small stockie.

The rod was back in po­si­tion with fresh bait, and I got tucked up in bed, to be awo­ken at 6am by the left-hand rod slowly tick­ing away. Straight away I thought this could be an­other bet­ter fish, but af­ter a de­cent bat­tle I was soon slip­ping the net un­der a clean-look­ing mir­ror.

The fish was im­mac­u­late, and weighed just un­der 19 lb, af­ter which it was time to pack up for work. Re­flect­ing on my ses­sion, I was ab­so­lutely made up, manag­ing to land three fish, and one of them the sec­ond big­gest in the lake, an ab­so­lutely peach of a fish. I headed off to work very pleased with my­self.

The right rod, fished down the edge, where the wind was crash­ing into the bank, didn’t pro­duce a bite, but where it was a bit shel­tered, on the mar­ginal shelf of the is­land, got three.

Check out next week’s Mail for a full re­port on how Billy and Jamie got on in Ser­bia in the Carp World Champs.

ITH

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