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Park Life and the
TackleTrade
By Phil
T
his year has all been
about day sessions for
me. With limited time,
I have been concentrating on a local park
lake that holds some
true gems as well as plenty of stockies to back them up. It’s my second
season on the lake, and last year,
although I managed over 40 fish, none
of A-team graced my net.
I have done a few evenings so far
this year, and once again I started
where I left off, and getting amongst
the stockies averaging 12-14lb, and
managing a few fish each session, I
78 Big Carp
was more than happy. Work had been
hectic, and amongst everything else, I
am currently trying to build and open
a tackle shop in my town.
27th of April, my birthday weekend,
I managed to clear the diary and
made my way to the lake for first light
with the the pure intention of finding
the bigger fish. There’s a great bunch
of lads at the lake, and through the
grapevine, I knew they’d be holding
up around the back of the island, and
this is where I was to start. Two slip
D-rigs baited with wafters were
flicked just short of overhanging trees
off the island, and before I could get
any bait out, the first rod was away!
Fishing locked up to avoid the snags,
the fish played ball and swam in with
no issues resulting in a lovely mirror
of 16lb and a good start to the morning. No sooner than the rod was back
out, the next rod was off, and all
before 6am! Happy birthday to me as
a smaller, albeit prettier, mirror graced
the net at a little over 11lb! With the
quick action at first, I finally got composed and managed to get 10-15
baits fired out over each rod and sat
back to await the next run…
After a couple of hours the action
had died off, and the signs of carp had





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