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My 2011 Season
of my rods due to the weed crashing
into all three, so I decided to top up
the baited area with the same amount
as the previous day – 15 spods and
another 1kg the new i40 bait. All the
rods were out by 5pm, so I did
another hour of fish spotting but saw
nothing. One interesting occurrence I
did spot was two magpies flying into
the island from different directions
and meeting up in the same tree.
Mmmmm, two magpies together –
that normally brings me good luck!
At around 6pm I was getting hungry, so I made dinner and cleared up
my swim a bit. At about 6.45pm I
went to the toilet in the bushes when
I heard three bleeps from the Delkims.
I didn’t take too much notice as I
thought t was the weed, but when I
heard another three bleeps, I thought
to myself, now this is getting interesting; this is worth investigating. As I
made my way to my rods the hanger
slackened off a couple of inches then
climbed again a further couple of
inches, and this is when I decided to
pick up the rod and strike. At first I
thought it was a bream, as the fish
came straight to the top and I saw a
fin, but then it kited left and I knew it
was a carp. The carp kited left and
right a few times, coming slowly to
the bank, which I was pleased about
due to the amount of weed around. As
the carp was getting closer to the
landing net I saw its head and recognised it as the Lady. This is when I
started praying for the hook not to
come out, and I started shaking, but
she went into the net first time. I had
to confirm it was the Lady in the net
three times before I shouted
“LLLaaaady” for all to hear who were
on the lake. I weighed her while
friends came around to help photograph her. She weighed 55lb 4oz.
When I joined St Ives in April this
year my plan was to catch one carp
within the first year, as it has a reputation as one of the hardest lakes in
the country. I have achieved that one
carp and I’m lucky that carp was the
Lady.
Thank for read my ramblings, and
hope to see you on the bank. n
The Wychwood Net Station.
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