Things was just not going to plan and frustration was creeping in so with friday come all to quick the van was packed and off down the lakes by 7.30pm set up and rods in and we are fishing. The kettle is the next thing on as darkness once again starts.
Over the past few weeks of fishing the same swim i had notice that when the carp did show they was showing up against the reeds on the other side of the lake. After another fish less night i sat watching the water when one or two fish started to roll and show against the reed's I sat and watched them for maybe an hour before they finished there show for the morning. Mid afternoon and i was wading out to the reeds where i had seen them after a quick marker and lead about i was happy to put a bait in there. I spread by hand about a killo of belecan and seasnail went back to the rods and put a baited hook over the zone.
Night soon came round and having the last brew i slipped into the sleeping bag it was not long before i fell asleep because before i new it the sun was bright in the sky. I lay there for a minute or two before i turned my head and just looked at the gardener bugs they was still in the same position as they was last night when i set them. I just closed my eyes and thought to myself why am i bothering when one of the alarms bleeped twice. In the mood that i was now in i slowly raised my head off the bedchair to see which one it was i stared at it for a few seconds then threw my head back down on to the bedchair mumbling something under my breath when the alarm went into melt down it was a bloody run at last.
Within what seemed an age but was just seconds i was up out and was trying to climb into the waders the reel was peeling line and i couldn't get the dam things on. There prologic waders and the welly top of the boot is squashed and not round which makes it a mare to slip your foot in sometimes and this was one of them times. In the end i sat on the floor and just pushed my foot into the boot jumped up got the straps pulled up around my shoulder's they where on. I grabbed the rod and pulled into the fish. The rod arched over and the line pulled up tight out of the water i was in fish on let battle commence. This was the rod i had up against the reeds the other side. The carp came towards me and it was soon within netting distance it made powerful runs dropping deep into the depths trying to shake the hook.
Three times i went to net it and three times it was not ready i had seen it up close now and saw it was a big un not wanting to lose it like the last big fish from last year i made sure on the fourth attempt she was in the net i was one happy boy i can tell you. I placed the rod back on the rest's and looked into the net there laid in it was a big linear and a cracker too.
I phoned yoda and asked if he could take some photos for me He was soon round and was happy to see what was one of the A team carp laid in the net. After taking the photo's it was time to put her back i watched as the carp swam off back to her watery home. By this time it was still only 7.00am still time for another one i thought the rod was rebaited and cast back out to the far side. The kettle was put on and a brew was soon on the cards I was feeling pretty dam pleased with myself i can tell you i thought things was coming right after all these weeks i had only the one carp but what a fantastic looking one it was.
Here is a link to a small video of the carp
31-02 of stunning linear
Back she goes