My return to the home of 'One Eye'
Wed 26 November 14
After my recent capture of ‘one eye’ I returned to the lake after deciding to stay on the water for the winter until the start of my new campaign lake in May.
I arrived to the lake with a warm westerly wind blowing into an empty swim, after standing in the swim for less than 5 minutes I had seen a carp crash, it seemed an obvious choice to get set up in this swim, so I went back to the car loaded the barrow and got to the swim, being that the carp were already there I didn’t want to straight out with a marker float and scare them away, but unaware of the bottom I decided to flick two rods out on solid bags whilst I set the rest of the kit up, in hope for a quick bite.
Two hours past without a bite and the showing fish had stopped so I set up the marker rod up and quickly found that the majority of the swim was covered in low lying Canadian pond weed of around 6 inches, after chucking the marker around the swim for a little while longer. I found a small silt spot. Over this I fished a short hinge stiff rig to assure that it would be sitting pretty even if it were to land on some weed of bottom debris accompanied with a scattering of whole and half boilies and kept the second rod mobile on the solid bag rig.
As the night settled in so did the rain showers, feeling very confident I went to sleep happy, I was awoken at around 6am with a few bleeps from my alarm, I looked out to find the bobbin tight to the alarm and the line twitching, I picked the rod up and leant into the fish and the fish went on a slow but powerful run, slowly peeling line of the reel. After a long, hard fight I slid the net under a mid-twenty leather carp, RESULT!! I unhooked the hinge stiff rig and left the fish to recover in the retaining sling whilst I waited for the camera man to arrive, we weighed the fish, and sure enough it was 26lb on the dot but unfortunately it wasn’t a leather, it had a single scale on the wrist of its tail never-the-less I lifted up my beautiful prize in the shape of a 26lb mirror carp with a huge smile on my face. Nothing else came that morning and I was packed up at around 12 o’clock after another good session, with another cracking fish.
Until next time, tight lines and good luck!
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