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Two Nights,Two lakes,Two Forties
realised the best course of action was
to net him where he was, so I back
wound back to my swim, donned the
chest waders, grabbed the net and
returned to where the fish was holed
up. All the time I had the rod in my
hand trying to keep a tight line to the
fish. I waded into the reeds, pushed
the net through the stems at a high
angle and increased the pressure
through the rod. The fish returned to
the surface and thrashed around, but
the Kontour fluorocarbon held and I
bundled him into the net.
I lifted the weight up the bank and
it felt like a good fish; I could see
through the mesh that it was a deep,
chunky carp. I wracked my brains as
to which fish it could be; it obviously
wasn’t one of the big two and all the
other commons of any size were
longer fish. It didn’t occur to me until
I shone the head torch into the net
that it could be one of the few mirrors
in the lake, but it was a mirror – the
Dumpy Mirror! He is such a prehistoric looking lump of a carp; I had
watched him so many times in the
water and the first thing I always
noticed was his big old raggedy fins
and large tail. On the scales he went
34lb 4oz. I couldn’t believe I’d caught
another target at the last possible
chance, and also the biggest mirror in
the lake to go with the biggest common! What a cracking brace and a
fantastic way to end my time on the
pool.
After the success on the Nene Valley Car Park Lake I found myself at a
220 FREE LINE
loss as to where to spend my angling
time. My plans were to gain revenge
on a fantastic water in Cambridgeshire during the spring, but I
had got a little bit wrapped up chasing Cut Tail. In normal circumstances
I would go straight to Cambs, but the
Ouse had burst its banks and rendered most of the lakes in the area
unfishable. So I decided to drop back
on the Big Lake in Northamptonshire,
to see if I could catch a couple more of
its jewels.
I pulled up at the lake at around
3pm. I always have plans to arrive a
lot earlier, but I can never seem to
wake up properly after working a
nightshift and it takes me twice as
long to get my car packed and leave
the house. I did a lap of the lake and
the fish seemed very active. They
were showing out in the central part
of the lake that is referred to as the
Triangle and there were also a few
carp-shaped shadows moving over a
shallow plateau at the far end of the
lake. I deliberated where to fish for a
short while, before opting for the Second Point, which has prime access to
the Triangle. This was mainly because
the weather report had given out a
reduction in sun and a drop in temperature, so I reasoned that the shallow plateau would lose its appeal in
these conditions.
I knew the spots well in this swim
so the three rods were deployed to
the pre-fished areas and followed by
three kilos of boilies. Most people on
the water seem to use a spread bait
Ryan executed my plan admirably by
judging wind direction down to the
finest degree and the “Mary Celeste”
drifted inch perfectly into my swim
(Below) I finally managed to bank
one, a 21lb common.
approach by baiting with a catapult
or throwing stick, but I prefer tighter
baiting so most is on the clear spot
and not in the weed. I also like to
break some of the bait up to release
the flavour and scent of the natural
extracts that the bait contains into
the water. I think this really helps to
grab the fish’s attention and draw

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