I left you last time at the back end of a scorching summer. The intense heat and receding water levels sadly took their toll on some lakes, with fisheries and fish farms losing a significant amount of carp. Sadly, the venue I target also suffered a couple of losses, one of them being one of the two fish remaining on my wanted list. It was sad to see such a beautiful fish on the bank. It looked fine and was very full, easily 50lb and without even a blemish. This meant there was only one fish left in the shape of the ‘half lin’. This fish had been upper forties in previous years and although down in weight slightly the last few occasions it was caught, it was the only remaining 40lb plus fish I hadn’t caught from the lake.
You can probably guess by now that I’m very target driven and this fish was driving my Autumn campaign. I had a good idea where it would come from and where I would hopefully target my approach. The bait and rigs side of things aren’t really something I think about in too much detail. I have the upmost confidence in this prong of the attack and simply try and focus my approach on location.
The fish had really been quite localised, so location wasn’t too difficult. Unfortunately, after catching a few from a particular swim, another one of the members got in there and fished it hard for some weeks. This meant I had to fit in around what was fast becoming a busy lake. Inevitably, the fish came from exactly where I feared it might; from the aforementioned swim. It was big though and even though it had been caught, I continued to fish the lake