FREE LINE 03 - Page 119

On the Bank
George, Martin and I are down at Sandhurst in midSeptember, in swims 11, 12 and 13 respectively, and
around 3pm George is into a good fish, hooked around the
100yd mark on Scopex Squid with Robin Red. Martin does
the honours and signifies that it’s a good 30.
Being careful to ensure all the fins are flat to the carp’s
body, George hoists his prize ashore. We had seen a few
fish jumping right over his baited area, and had only just
commented that it looked good for a bite, when right on
cue his right hand rod was away.
These new Nash unhooking mats are ultra safe, ensuring
that even if the carp goes ‘into one’ on the bank they are
restricted by the outer ‘raised’ edges of the mat. A nice
secure hookhold right in the middle of the bottom lip.
There’s a shot of the rig at the end.
Martin steadies the scales, and we settle on a weight of
33lb 4oz. I have a feeling I’ve seen this one before, and
soon recognise the uneven scale pattern just below the
dorsal fin on the right hand flank. The weights are well
down after spawning.


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