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they spun round to over 33kg, just
over 74lb! I returned the fish to the
margin whilst I sorted out my selftake photo kit and soaked up the
moment. I was blown away by this
fish, and I got some brilliant pictures
that I will treasure for the rest of my
Going back to the special clay spot,
and the rod was away again. This
time, it was a very aggressive take
that hooped the rod right round on
the rest. This was a far angrier fight,
with the fish taking me wherever it
felt like going! It was like a freight
train to be honest. If the last fish was
heavy like a bag of sand, this was like
having a raging bull on a 13ft rod. The
battle took over 30 minutes, as the
fish just ploughed up and down the
margins. It even managed to get
stuck under a small weed bed for a
few scary moments, as I had to
slacken the rod off and change the
line angle slightly. When I netted this
fish, its lips kissed the spreader block,
but half the body was still out the net!
I managed to bundle the fish in, and it
must have been 4ft long! it didn’t
have a belly like the fish before, but it
was just pure muscle and length. In
the pictures you can see how long it
was, as I was holding the fish very
close to my body, and the distance my
hands are apart is ridiculous! This
beautiful common went 70lb 4oz on
the scales, giving me a brace of
70lb/30kg commons. To be honest, I
don’t think I will ever get close to this
again, and it takes a very special lake
indeed to produce something like
Over the next day and night, I managed to catch a few more 40 and 50lb
carp whilst I packed away my stuff
and planned my next steps of the trip!
I had been spodding at 150 yards for
almost 27 days, and I think I must
have used close to 300kg of bait. To
be honest, my hands were in such a
state. I had plasters on five fingers,
broken two finger stools and had to
take my wedding ring off due to blisters! So a potential return to Zajarki
wasn’t the most tempting prospect,
especially on a Friday when it is at its
busiest. So I decided to head to Lake
Bled on a recon mission for a trip I am
planning in 2020.
I arrived at Lake Bled late on Friday
evening, checked into a local hotel
and headed down to the lake. I was
amazed by how beautiful the lake
was. I could see deep green forests
going up the mountains and one
snowy peak.
That evening, I managed to walk
around the entire lake. I watched a
couple of English guys catch a carp
and pose for the famous picture in
front of the church. At this point any
doubt about fishing here had gone. I
walked back to the town and went for
some dinner in a restaurant overlooking the lake as it got dark. It really is a
superb place! The following day, I met
my friend and local expert, Gasper, for
another look around the iconic venue
and picked up some valuable local
That afternoon, I started to make
my way back to England via stops in
Nuremburg where I visited the Nazi
show grounds, the beautiful town of
Seligenstadt and Dunkirk where I visited the Operation Dynamo museum
and the touching memorial to fallen
heroes from all over the Commonwealth.
Until next time! n
Urban Baits Nutcracker
Session Pack Competition
A massive thumbs up to our great
friend Terry Dempsey for providing an
awesome NEW monthly competition
And it could not be easier to win this fantastic Urban
Baits Nutcracker Session Pack which contains 5kg
of 18mm Nutcracker Boillies (RRP £37.50) and a tub
of Nutcracker Pop-ups (RRP £6.49), perfect for an
early season session.
To win simply go to the Urban Baits Facebook page
and ‘LIKE’ it. THAT’S IT! – Terry himself will pick a
winner at random.
Closing date is 1st June, 2020
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