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Big Carp Waters
enough to catch.
With a fair head of bream and
tench, bait choice can be vital so as
not to be pestered by these species. I
mainly stuck to 18mm KG1, though in
my last summer I did fish over some
hemp and corn, tipping my bottom
bait with a piece of fake buoyant corn.
Most of my Pingewood captures were
accounted for on pop-ups, but I felt a
change to a bottom bait fished in the
silt was the way to catch the Brute. As
well as The Toad, Cluster and a lost
fish around the only buoy in the lake,
the bottom bait tipped with the yellow corn did account for the Brute
and at a personal best 48lb 2oz for
me!
Pingewood is usually extremely
weedy so is not for the faint hearted,
and in fact the first summer I had a
ticket I hardly fished it, as the lake
was unfishable with 99% of the water
having top to bottom weed. Last season an algae bloom killed off all the
weed but I’ve heard that this summer
the weed has returned with a vengence. So to sum up Pingewood; it
My reverse combi rig with a bottom bait tipped with corn – the successful rig that
nailed the Brute.
has plenty of problems to overcome,
but there are some truly special fish in
it. As I said it’s not for the faint
hearted, and they are far from easy
fish to catch. The limited night fishing
BIG CARP TOP TEN
Day Ticket Carp Fishery
ticket controlled by Reading and District Angling Club is the way to fish
the lake, but be warned, it does get
busy and that motorway sure does
drone. n
BIG CARP TOP TEN
Carp Fisheries
28lb 14oz
Ghost common
Angler: Lofty Speed
Capture date: 21st April 2017
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