FL12Sept - Page 178



In Search of Monster Carp
it was lovely.
We fished out from one of these
points for a month and caught some
lovely fish. I remember catching a
45lb mirror on January 1st, a New
Year’s Day fish, which was lovely, and
also catching one in the snow. You
always think of Cassien as being
sunny and warm and all that, but we
had one week during that session
where it was dropping down to -10 at
night. There was thick snow, which
stayed for a week, and the action did
slow up, but I managed to catch one
before the snow went, which was a
lovely fish to catch, and the first time
I’d ever caught one in snow.
So all in all, it was a great trip and it
cleared my mind. I forgot all about
that was going on at home and all
that, but then there was still the Colne
Valley fish to have a go for when I got
back. So as soon as spring started, I
was back on there, and I did a few
sessions in various swims around the
lake. I remember doing one when it
was bitterly cold; I’d baited up this little clear channel in the weed, put
loads of fishmeal out, about 300 baits,
and then fished a white pop-up over
the top. I caught a mirror of about
21lb, and it was a time when any fish
out of there was quite special really.
You only ever really expected to catch
two or three in a year out of there, so
(Top left) A glorious winter’s day in
the north arm of Cassien.
(Top right) A New Year’s Day mirror of
45lb 2oz to get 1997 started in style.
(Left) It isn’t always warm at
Cassien; we had temperatures down
to minus ten and a fair bit of snow, but
I still managed to catch one or two.
(Below) All smiles as the needle goes
past 40lb for the first time in England.
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