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In Search of Monster Carp
(Left) The spots all began to produce
eventually.
(Below) An old warrior and a new one
for me.
for the whole summer months, so in a
way, that was kind of a new challenge
for me. I knew I had seen the fish, and
I was really keen to really give it a go
this summer, so I started on here in
the middle of June, and now, as we
talk, it’s a few weeks until Christmas
and I have been on here since.
The unfortunate thing happened
that really had a massive impact on
the whole season from then on was
come the middle of June, we had a
really bad algae bloom, and the water
went from crystal clear to a horrendous pea green colour that meant you
couldn’t see more than six to eight
inches down. At first I wasn’t too worried; I had seen it green before, and it
had always cleared when the weed
got up, so the first trip back down
here, I went in a favourite swim of
mine, one that I knew well. I had
found a new spot this year in there,
only about 18ins long, a lovely sandy
run about 40yds out. Actually there’s
a known spot behind it about another
20yards out, and it was quite a good
lesson for me, because it’s an area
that’s fished through rather than on.
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It’s an area that is crossed by lines as
it were and neglected, and whilst
people know about the main spot in
the swim, I found this spot by accident really. It was a new spot, and
certainly a spot I know that others
and I didn’t really know about before.
So I started introducing a bit of bait
on there, and I came down towards
the end of June. I hadn’t had anything
off that spot; I hadn’t really fished it,
but I had been there about two hours.
I remember it was pouring with rain,
and I got over there in the boat, and
quickly got my brolly up because it
was pouring down.
As I sat under the brolly with no
rods out, a great big mirror lumped
right on this spot, so I sort of braved
the soaking then to get my rods out,
and I fired out a couple of singles out
there. It was a lucky cast really; it
never normally works like that, but
first chuck it went right on the spot. It

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