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middle rod pulled up tight, and I was
into another Sandhurst carp. After a
short battle, I netted a nice mirror of
25lb 2oz, and was once again pleased
I was able to get a bite when no one
else had been catching. I did not have
to wait long for another, as whilst I
was tying on a new rig to the rod that
had just produced, my left hand rod,
bent round, and I was away again.
(Top left) A moody-looking
Sandhurst, but the fish were showing
in large numbers.
(Top right) My mate Steve with a 30lb
common, part of a brace of 30’s in a
single overnighter.
(Below) The Patch Common at
30lb 4oz.
Another hard fight ensued, and I netted a pristine 25lb mirror with my
friend Steve stood behind me, shaking
his head with disbelief that I had
managed two bites so quick. The
photos were done, and the fish were
At this point the weather was perfect, and I knew I could be in for a few
more, but the evening passed by quietly and no more fish were caught. I
had to wait ‘til just after one in the
morning when my right hand rod at
range produced an absolute screaming take, and as soon as I lifted the
rod, I knew this was a better fish. The
fish kitted right, and I could not stop it
going on at least a 50yd run from
where it had been hooked. After what
felt like forever, I finally netted what
looked like a decent common. On lifting it, I knew it was a good weight,
and was over 30lb. On the scales she
went 34lb exactly, and I was made up
– only my second night of the year on
Sandy, back into the big’uns, and a 30


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