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My Winter
to try and learn as much about the
lake as possible and to give me the
best chance of figuring out where the
fish liked to spend their time. I had
done a bit of research on the lake, but
wanted to go and try working things
out myself, as we all know each year
is different, and carp can be unpredictable at the best of times. A lot of
the information I was getting was to
fish the deeper areas of the lake, as
this is where the fish like to hold up.
After a lap of the stunning venue, I
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stopped in a peg that was a known
good area in winter with access to the
deeper depression out in the centre of
the lake. My first night was quiet with
a decent size tench being the only
action. I spent the morning scanning
the water trying to find something to
go on, and finally I saw a show in front
of the peg next door. This was an
unfancied peg, which spends a lot of
time vacant, according to the bailiffs.
I wasted no time in getting in there
and having a little feel around just to
check a rig could be presented. I
noticed there was a shallow bar with
a depth of about 4-5ft directly where
the fish showed. Around half an hour
after placing a rig on it, my first Sandhurst fish was in the net – a lovely
27lb mirror. I then chose to fish all
three rods on the spot and give them
a bit of bait, as the temp was still mild.
By the end of the session, I had
banked nine fish, the biggest being
34lb with four of them being over
30lb.
A week and half later I headed back
down, still buzzing about my session
the week before. I was amazed that I
could slip straight back into the same
peg, and I was confident of a bite. I
repeated the exact process that was
doing the job for me the week before,
and I was up nice and early waiting
for the rod to go. That morning I had
two 30lb-plus fish, and just as I
thought the feeding spell had ended,
my left rod melted off, and I was
attached to something that I just
couldn’t stop. It headed straight into a
weedbed to the left of the bar and
locked up.
(Top) 28lb 8oz common, Sandhurst.
(Below) 32lb 2oz, Sandhurst.

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