Returning from France I managed to visit the syndicate just prior to them spawning and had a recapture of one the lake’s largest residents; ‘The Parrot’ at 44lb 8oz. It was obvious they were very close to spawning and it was no surprise that a few days later, the lake rightly closed for the annual ritual. This gave me the opportunity to visit a few different places, including a very special pit in Wales. Llandrindod Wells is home to a beautiful park lake at the heart of a very welcoming community. The lake has some history behind it, where the likes of Chris’s Yates and Ball plied their trade once upon a time. Now stocked with mainly small commons, a 20lb fish is a very special capture. I travelled up for a 24hr match at the venue, hosted by my close friend and bailiff Adam Johns. I managed to land three fish, including one of the elusive 20lb commons during my trip and was thrilled to qualify for the final in September.
On my return, I managed to attend a new venue due to open next year. The fish are stocked and gradually piling on the weight, but are again averaging mid to upper doubles with the largest resident going 35lb. My only rest day of my working week happened to fall on the hottest day of the year so far and with 30 plus degrees on the gauge, it was going to be a warm one! The day started promptly with two fish falling as part of a double take almost instantly. It never slowed down after that and by piling in royal marine, pellet and plenty of peppered marine oil, I kept a consistent flow of fish coming. All the fish were caught using pink hell pop-ups over the top, attached to my preferred slip D rotary rigs. In the end, at 4.30pm in the thick of the afternoon sun, I had to call it a day. I had landed 30 carp in 10 hours and if I’m honest felt knackered for two or three days afterwards!