Catch Report written by Steve Hackers of the Yorkshire Carpers
Lee – Hooters – DNA baits Ocean X
Paul W – Chimney
Shackers – Summer Bay – DNA baits S7
Skippy – Platform
Pete – Stumpy– DNA Fairview specials.
Mark C – Mile
We arrived at the lake early on Friday to find a couple of anglers still on the lake, We had a chat with a couple of the anglers on to find it had been a slow week. We waited until there time was up and headed round to our swims. Lee was only fishing the day then going home as he had plans however would be returning early Saturday for the rest of the session. Spending the day stalking Lee bagged a colossal looking mid double common as he wanted which was 18lb 8oz. The rest of the day was slow and the next action was at 3am Saturday morning when Shackers landed the smaller of the white tip commons at 13lb 6oz. Again the action remained slow and with the boiling hot weather alot of the guys were hovering around the pads watching and trying to stalk a take from one of the wary carp. 2pm and Shackers started to receive some line bite indication on the productive rod, Sitting on his hands around 14:30 the alarm blistered into life! I lifted into the fish and it boiled on the surface 20 yards to the left of the spot but I couldn’t see what it was. After taking more line I’m thinking this could be one of the resident sturgeon :/ following a hard fight in open water the fish hits the deck and slowly plodded towards my feet. I got the fish to the pads 8yards out then the fish powered back out some 15 / 20 yards! I got the fish back into the pads and I then see a huge tail of a carp surface! I can see it’s a BIG mirror and I’m thinking it could be the big one (but I don’t want to jinx it) the carp holds itself in the lilies for a few more minutes however it then rolls fully on the surface and my nervous hopes come true as I see a Large C shaped scale appear! The 5 lads stood around me all say the same and my legs start to shake! I carefully tease the carp towards the net and she hits the spreader Block! I stand over the net and look at this huge carp at my Feet and everyone screams… GET IN!! I then get everything sorted and weigh her at 33lb 4oz smashing my PB by 7lb! A few shots on the bank then using the great weather I get in to have a few more shots and release her! Later that day pete gets a take in Stumpy and plays the fish into find it was a nice double figured common which ended the spell of carp.
The lads are back on at the end of October for their final session of the year.