The distance was marked and logged and good helping of 15mm bait was deposited around each rod. Despite the freezing wind and rubbish weather I was as confident the Carp were now feeding on the bait confidently, as I was getting regular action, which definitely wasn’t the case for some of the other anglers.
The night happened by without a bleep, although I didn’t get much sleep due to the bivvy rattling in the cold wind, but I was confident the early hours of the day would bring success….I was wrong! Thank god I had the shit weather to blame!
The afternoon came and went and I’d re-cast all the rods….Why? I don’t really know as everything was perfectly placed the day before, but I did. The rigs hit their designated spots with pin point accuracy, I hadn’t changed anything about them from the previous night, apart from switching the hook baits to hard hook baits instead of just baits straight out the bag due to the coots and their young offspring having the odd dive about, and I wanted to be sure that if they picked up my hookbait, the bait would remain intact.
Early into the evening, about half six, just as I’d fired the kettle up, the right hand buzzer sounded and the indicator smacked up to the rod and the tip cranked around to the right, but not an inch of line was given off the tightly locked spool. I was fishing with strong braided line and leadcore leaders totally locked up! Which is a method I had honed the year before……You have to be on your toes, but the technique if set up correctly is devastatingly effective.
The fish fought bravely as it made for the trees but after a couple of strong lunges I had a few turns back of braid back on the spool and it was game over, as I now had little to worry about and could play the carp as usual. The fish gave a good account of itself but was soon wallowing in the deep folds of my net. It was as usual a common…..And another biggun by the looks of things! The fish was perfectly hooked in the bottom lip and I would never have lost it! She looked immaculate and in the evening sun glowed bright gold, all 38lbs of her! Beautiful! I set up the camera for self takes, as I didn’t want to bother anyone else for a photo (wink wink) and reeled off a few on the timer for the album. I then gently plopped her back and a fresh rig and bait was attached and cast back out to exactly the same spot.