FREE LINE 03 - Page 174

In Search of Monster Carp
the hook free, so I struck into it, and
that was a 32lb’er. Obviously I was
well pleased to catch a 46lb’er and
32lb’er in an evening, and I didn’t feel
like going home, so I rang my missus
and said, “I’ve caught two good fish,
and I feel like chilling out, going
somewhere for the night, having a
beer,” so on the way home I called
into Cotton Farm, and just cast out
anywhere. I caught a 12lb’er fairly
quickly, and then at first light, I
caught a 29lb’er, so in less than 13
hours’ fishing in two different counties, I’d had a 46lb’er, a 32lb’er, a
29lb’er and a 12lb’er, which by nowadays’ standards doesn’t sound like
much, but it was a pretty good catch
at the time.
But the following season, after
catching Chop Dorsal at the start of
the season and what-have-you, prior
to this, I fished RMC Sutton again,
and I did quite well there. It’s a tricky
little water, and most of the anglers
were fishing with slack lines, little
light leads, and fine nylon hook links.
I thought I would have a few short
sessions over there, and when I went
back it was apparent that they were
still fishing the same, slack lines and
everything else. I thought I am going
to do the complete opposite, so I was
using the braid, 3 ½ oz leads, 15lb
Berkeley Big Game hooklinks, casting
out, and putting the line in the clip as
tight as I could get it. I was sure the
Sutton fish were picking people’s
baits up all the time and getting away
with it, but the good thing about the
braid, and fishing short range on a real
tight line, is that the chances are
when the fish sucks in your bait, it
would get the resistance of not only
your lead weight, but your entire
setup. Anyway, the first time on Sutton, I had to try and hide it a little bit,
as I didn’t want them to see I was
fishing with tight lines, so I was fishing with the rod tip under the water,
and the first time using it I had Heart
Tail Gertie at 38lb. It was the second
time I had caught that fish, but I had
Heart Tail Gertie at 38lb odd. I think I
did about five or six short sessions on
Sutton, and I didn’t blank, so being a
little bit different really did pay off. It
was the same as a few seasons previously on Sutton as well, round about
(Top) Son Barry.
(Right) Lake Meadows, Billericay.
when the fishmeal first started being
used. A guy by the name of Ian, who
unfortunately passed away following
an accident at work, was down there.
I walked along the path to see him,
and the Sutton carp, never shy of
showing themselves, were going
absolutely mad, jumping on his bait
and everything. He had been there
three or four hours and hadn’t had a
bite, although he’d had a couple of
bleeps here and there. I started to
question Ian about what he was
doing. He said he had probably put in
about 4kg of bait, and was fishing a
pop-up over the top, and I said, “Have
you never considered perhaps not
fishing a pop-up; it sticks out like a
sore thumb, and the fish are eating all
the baits on the bottom?” He said,
“Yeah.” So anyway, he reeled in, and
put a bottom bait on, but the funny
thing was that he hadn’t bothered to
take the counterbalance shot off, so
consequently it looked like he was
still using a pop-up. So we decided to
wind him up a bit after that point, and
although we were fishing with bottom baits, we were still using the
counterbalance shot, and just before
casting it out, checking it in the edge
and everything, like you do when you
are using a pop-up. Consequently, we
were catching them on the bottom,
whereas most of the people on the
lake were using pop-ups. It was quite
funny winding everyone up really –
no one ever twigged onto it until long
after the event.
At this point Lee suddenly realises
that he has missed out the part about
The Blue Lake in Kent, so join us next
issue when we go back slightly in
time to join Lee and continue his
exploits on the Herts club water. n


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