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NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 6 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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Our bait for the week was to be a mixture of Partiblend, Huge hemp, Halibut pellets, Krill pellets and three different sizes of Kranilla Boilies all from Blakes baits. To this we would add a helping of Blakes liquid Krill and Krinella glug along with Sweetcorn, Tuna and Groundnut oil. We wanted to create a "something for everyone" baited area to not only attract the carp but pretty much anything that swims in the lake. I waded back out and put in the first lot of bait mid afternoon on Saturday in an area of around four yards square in front of the marker sticks. We baited each of our spots with just over 20Kg of our bait mixture which would be double our normal daily baiting amount just to get things going.
Dinner at the lodge was to be at 6 p.m. so with the rods not being cast out until 4.30 p.m. we only had an hour and a half before we would need to reel in. Nothing happened in the short time before the dinner gong was sounded so we reeled in and made our way up to the Gravel bar lodge.
During dinner Keith kept going outside and would come back in saying that he'd seen another fish show over my marker stick, I couldn't eat the food quick enough. By the way, dinner at Moorlands is something to be experienced, the food is fantastic and the portions are massive AND you get a dessert and Tea or Coffee. If you want a proper drink then Keith keeps his bar fridge well stocked up, you just help yourself to whatever you want and add it to your bar tab which you settle up at the end of the week. Everything is catered for at Moorlands.
With dinner now done we made our way back to our swims with several anglers commenting that, from my spot, it was just a matter of when and not if I catch my first fish of the week. Two of my rods were cast either side of my marker stick with the third rod to be a bit of a roving rod that I would cast at showing fish. By 7.30 p.m. all the rods were fishing and with more fish showing over the marker stick I was really confident of a quick bite.
Just an hour later the rod cast just to the right of the Marker stick was away, on with the chest waders, rod in one hand and landing net in the other I made my way out past the shallow margins. It wasn't what you would call a spectacular fight with the fish coming in quickly, however it did put up a bit of a tussle under the tip but was soon in the net.
And what a carp to start the week, there in the bottom of my net was the biggest fully scaled mirror carp that I had ever caught, all 35lb 15oz of it to be precise. WOW, what a start to our holiday.
My first carp of the week, a beautiful 35lb 15oz fully scaled mirror