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Magical Captures
pulling it into hand. Then with the
braid in hand, it was just a case of
pulling in the float and tying the rod
mainline to the swivel of the float and
winding the whole lot back from
Brute’s, rod mainline in hand, ready to
tie on the leadcore. It sounds simple,
but mistakes were made early on, and
the more I did this sort of thing, the
lessons were learnt and things were
changed.
Brute’s in particular, being deep
and tree covered, had lots of twigs littered in the channel, and I soon learnt
that if I wound the marker back with
the lead attached it would pick up
debris, dead leaves and twigs fouling
the line. I therefore soon learnt that it
was best to cut off the lead and just
tie it direct to the mainline, winding it
across the surface, and keeping it nice
and straight and not fouling on any
sunken branches.
Another trick I found useful was to
return to the swim and tighten the
clutch right up once the line was
across and secured to a tree branch.
This way a backlead could be
attached and slid down on a tight line
as far as needed, which would help
pull out the leadcore in a straight line
as it sank down as I lowered the lead
onto the spot. A slack line would
leave the leadcore in a pile, leaving
the opportunity of it looping round a
root or branch when you tightened up
at the rod end. Everything needed to
be laid out straight to enhance the
(Top) My simple pellet rig that
tricked Chunky.
(Right) At long last I’d caught a Car
Park monster.
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line lay and not arouse the suspicions
of a carp entering the area.
The left hand margin spot was
much easier, as with no snags in the
way, you could place the bait by hand
before walking back up the shallow
margin, sinking the line as you went,
before placing the rod on the rest.
This week I’d changed my hookbaits to try to mimic the pellets the
carp were obviously solely preoccupied on. Previously, like most people, I
was using a cut down boilie, but this
week I just felt I had to go one step
further. A pellet would have been
ideal, but it was obviously not feasible
for a 4mm pellet to stay on the hair.
With the oil washing out of the pellets, they obviously went lighter in
colour, so I felt a small fragment of
cork would be the ideal colour, and to
give it some smell and for personal
confidence I glued a pellet to either
side of the cork. This way I had pellets
on the hair, but if they did break
down, although the glue would slow
that down, I still had a hookbait in the
form of the cork. With a tiny shot
pinched on the hair to sink it and
placed in a tiny PVA bag with 30 or 40
pellets, the whole lot would shoot in
and the large strong hook would fall
to the floor of the mouth and catch
hold. That was the plan, but I’d learnt
that the Car Park Lake had a habit of
chewing up plans and spitting them
out.
I’d fished some difficult lakes in my
time and after coming off the back of
catching 20 fish from the Copse and
North Lakes, not exactly runs waters,
over the previous two seasons, I was
seriously questioning if I’d bitten off
more than I could chew in taking on
these Car Park Einstein carp.
Anyway, I’d baited with a decent
sized patch of pellet just beyond the
rig and added a further three patches
of just a handful to mimic my PVA
bag full patch with a good foot or so
separating each patch. My thinking
was that if they sucked up the hook-





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