Joan’s first Croa­t­ian carp

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Joan Briggs has trav­elled the world and caught carp from sev­eral coun­tries over the years, but Croa­tia was one place she had yet to visit. That was put right re­cently when she trav­elled with her part­ner (some would say un­der­study), Steve, for a week ses­sion at the pro­lific Lake Sum­bar. Steve had vis­ited the year pre­vi­ously and said that it was the hottest place that he had ever been to – well, he wasn’t jok­ing and this did in­deed turn out to be an­other scorcher for the pair. But de­spite the high tem­per­a­tures, the carp were get­ting their heads down and a good fish was al­ways on the cards. Af­ter a quiet cou­ple of days the swim was given a boost of bait, in­clud­ing 12mm and 15mm Scopex Squid boilies along with pel­let, flaked boilies, hemp and maize. It cer­tainly did the trick and be­fore long there was plenty of ac­tiv­ity around the spots. A good fish showed over one rod and, shortly af­ter, the alarm sounded and Joan was soon do­ing bat­tle. It was a slow, plod­ding fight and it was no sur­prise when a big com­mon rolled into the net! At 54lb 8oz it was a great way to break the Croa­t­ian duck! It’s now the 16th coun­try that Joan has caught carp from, with 50lb carp com­ing from three of them.

Steve lends a hand with Joan’s 54lb 8oz Croa­t­ian com­mon LAKE SUM­BAR CROA­TIA:

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