Top Quality French Carp Fishing
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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Keith and his family serve a proper Sunday roast so we all made our way up to the Gravel bar lodge and tucked into one of the culinary highlights of the week, all washed down with a nice cold beer. Suitably refreshed it was back to the fishing and at 10.30 p.m. my third and smallest fish of the week was in the net, a 21lb 14oz Common. A good nights' sleep was had by us all on Sunday night and the lack of action also continued through the daylight hours on Monday.
After dinner on Monday night I caught a personal best Common of 30lb 5oz, my first 30lb Common, to say I was happy was a massive understatement, two huge fully scaled mirrors and now two Commons one of which was a Pb. The fishing was going very well indeed.
A personal best Common of 30lb 5oz
The action continued for me on Tuesday evening with another fully scaled mirror weighing 25lb 14oz, however, all that had happened so far was just a prelude to the best moment in my carp fishing life. At around 4.00 a.m. on Wednesday morning we heard the shouts from Jem in the next swim, he had got one. I shouted to him that I was on the way and picked up the retainer sling and chest waders. I made the short distance to Second pontoon to find Jem 20 yards out in the lake with the carp already in the net. I pulled on the chest waders and made my way out to him, and I could tell from the smile on his face that he'd got something special. I asked him if it was good one and he replied that it was massive. After biting the line we wrapped the fish in the broken down net and slid the net into the retainer and secured it to a bank stick 20 yards out into the lake. We both made our way back to the bank to get the weigh sling and scales sorted by which time my wife Lisa was ready with the camera.
I retrieved the fish and only when I tried to lift it from the water onto the Carp cradle did I realise just how big this fish was. We got the fish into the zeroed sling and hoisted it up onto the scales....55lb 5oz was the read out on the digital scales, Jem and I erupted. High fives and hugs aplenty were interrupted with Jem saying the he had done it, he had caught a Fifty. All of us including Lisa were Whooping and Hollering, what a magical moment, one that I will never forget... I was so proud of my son.
We soon realised that we needed to get the carp back into the sling and back into the lake and then get Keith on the phone. Keith likes to witness every carp over 50lb and happily made his way down to us within minutes. We then weighed the fish on Keith's scales and settled on a weight of 54lb 13oz, Keith told us the carp was a known fish called "The Twin".