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Two Lakes,Two Thirties
threw back the sleeping bag and tried
to get the waders on as quickly as
possible. No matter how well situated
I leave my waders it always seems to
take an age to get into them when an
alarm is sounding, but I wasn’t going
to brave the water without them; it
was still very cold despite the warm
daytime conditions. By the time I
r e a c h e d t h e r o d, t h e t a k e h a d
stopped, but the fish was still on and
buried in a weedbed. It took me a
short time to free it and a couple of
minutes later I slipped the net under a
nice common. I lifted the net and from
a side profile the fish looked like an
upper 20, but when I let the net go
and the fish sat normally in the water
I saw the width across its back and I
knew I had a fish that was well over
30lb – 34lb 8oz to be precise! I was
over the moon after the tough winter
I had endured, and I breathed a big
sigh of relief. I waited until dawn to
get the photos done; the fish looked
stunning as the early morning sun
crested over the horizon, and I must
say that Ryan from the next swim did
a cracking job with the camera.
I received two more takes from the
Pond, but both were from tench. Funnily enough, they were the first tench
I had ever caught from the complex.
After a second night in the swim, I
didn’t see another fish that I would
definitely say was a carp. I think there
were still a few carp present, but I
don’t like fishing bay swims when I’m
not seeing anything, and besides, I
fancied a change of scenery. So I
made the decision to move out of
what was the most productive swim
of the year – I think it had produced
four carp off the deck, which is about
(Top) 34lb 8oz common, a very
welcome capture after the tough
(Left) It might be 21 degrees in the
day, but there were still frosts at


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