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Ebro Dreams
confidence in the upcoming night.
That evening was freezing, dropping down to minus seven, but the
fish were still having it. My margin
rod had five fish in the night; all 30s to
37lb, and my deep-water spots had
two fish; a 35lb fish and a 41lb 6oz
fish, which I sacked until the morning
as it was so cold and my head torch
was on its way out. When morning
came and I unzipped the sack to gaze
at the fish in the sunlight, and I was
taken back. It looked like a fully
scaled, although the scales also
resembled a common. It was a stunning fish nonetheless, and I was
delighted with my first river 40lb mirror (take a look for yourselves and let
me know what you think).
My dad’s and my swim then went
quiet on us with the fish moving back
in the direction of the other area. The
others continued to catch though,
and Rob managed a PB of 44lb and
other carp between him and Lee in
the 30s. We did one more night in our
swim but the fish had deserted us so
in the morning when it had sufficiently warmed up we moved to the
left of them. There was a big snag in
front of us that my dad fished straight
to, and I fished 40 yards to the left of
it. It was a different area again but
due to the snag I fancied it for some
more action. Over the next couple of
days everyone continued to catch,
with my dad landing fish to 39lb and
me landing fish to 37lb, but on our last
morning I got into something special
again.
Everyone else was still tucked up in
their warm sleeping bags when I
received a belter on my left hand rod,
which woke me out of a deep sleep.
The fight was great at first, but once it
reached the margins it woke up. What
with me having to try and get my
wellies on as well it proved a laugh,
but eventually I managed to slip the
net under her at the third or fourth
attempt. On seeing the fish in the cradle it was a cream fish, and an
absolute beaut! I weighed it straight
away and it went 48lb 6oz – a new PB.
After waking up the carpy crew (a
new nickname we have given ourselves) we commenced with the photos and saw a true splendid wild river
carp in my arms. What an end to a
great session where in total we had
six different PBs between us.
The following week we all managed another trip down to the swim,
again with my dad and I fishing the
snag again. Over the four days we
were there I caught 16 fish with one
45lb fish and ten 30s, and my dad
managed eight fish, with his biggest
going 40lb 10oz. But the icing on the
cake was another mirror of 34lb 12oz;
a lovely fish that this time was a definite mirror; it looked a true old warrior
fish with what looked like barnacles
along its top.
As I look back over the last month’s
fishing I realise that I now have differe n t g o a l s t o a c h i e v e, a n d I a m
presently seeking a 60lb carp, which I
have high hopes about. I have heard
of larger fish coming out to 63lb just
three miles upstream, so I hope to
achieve that goal this year. Also I
have to give thanks to my bait man
Phil Stockwell for providing me with
my flavourings that are simply
destroying the river wherever they’re
used. Quite simply this has been the
best fishing of my life, and I cannot
wait to hit the area when the water is
up, so watch this space. n
Shane with the 44lb carp taken whilst busy with another 40lb fish.
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