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In Search of Monster Carp
(Right) Thorpe Park Leney 27lb.
(Below) Baldy common mid-20.
my goodbyes, and I'd be back in June.
As I write this article I am anticipating this coming 2009/10 season.
We're in May already – doesn't time
fly? This article takes me back to the
closed season 2008 when Horton
Church Lake shuts its gates for two
months (April and May). I moved to
West Sussex about two years ago,
and not too far from my home is a lake
that has a couple of decent fish in it,
and has no closed season, so I
thought I would give it a go. I tried to
get there and walk around as often as
I could just to see what the tog was,
and on many occasions it was really
busy, with everyone using three rods
and wait for it, bait boats, even
though the lake is not that big. This
put me off for a while, but my curiosity
got the better of me, and I decided to
have a dabble on there.
One Friday afternoon in April I finished work, got my gear together, and
drove to the lake for a 24-hour session. When I arrived there were only a
couple of swims left, so I quickly got
my gear and put it in one of them. It
looked a lovely swim, with reed mar-
gins to my left and a little island
straight out. I cast down the left margin with my left rod and put the right
rod out just off the island. I was using
hemp and a few grains of corn, and I
had a single grain of rubber corn on
the hair, on a size 10 Incisor hook, and
my hooklink was Sink Skin green 15lb.
I didn't have to wait long before my
left hand rod was screaming out and
it was a nice double figure mirror carp
of about 14lb. I slipped it back into the
lake, put new rig on with a bit of dis-
solving foam on the hook, and cast to
the same spot. I then walked around
to the area and waited for the foam to
float to the surface, and when it did I
threw some hemp and a few grains of
corn over it.
When I got back to the swim and I
stuck the kettle on for a nice cuppa, I
noticed there was a lot of activity all
over the lake, with other people
buzzers going off. They were getting a
lot of liners ‘cos they were using three
rods and the swims are pretty tight. I
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