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Red Letter Session

Welcome back to another instalment of a JT Carpers blog! This week we start looking at a session from heaven for myself and Jack! If you follow us on social media, you will already know the results of this trip, if not, sit back, relax and enjoy the blog 😀  

So, this trip was unfortunately our last trip to our club lake for the year as it officially closes for winter, with that in mind we decided to have a slightly longer trip than usual and head over to the complex on the Friday evening rather than the Saturday morning for the weekend. Luckily with the children breaking up from school on Thursday so I could travel down from Lincolnshire the day before and Jack managing to finish work a little earlier than usual we could get to the Lake just before the early nightfall rolls in. 

Arriving to the complex we discovered we was the only ones fishing the lake for the weekend, Great Success! Every time we have fished the lake previously whoever was fishing the lake other than us managed to catch a 30lb+ carp while we were left with pest control, all though catching any fish was fun so we didn’t mind too much really. 

Knowing that pitch black darkness was only a matter of an hour or two away we cracked on, found some spots, baited them and got the rods onto them a.s.a.p., well that was the plan but my rod sadly had other ideas, upon casting my rod to a spot to my right it randomly decided to snap my top section in half, so for the remainder of the session I was one rod down and just ever so slightly a bit annoyed 😤😤

However, taking into my stride, I got my other 2 rods out onto the spots and Jack did with his 3 rods. With darkness settling in, surprisingly it wasn’t long until we were into our first fish and it was for myself! The amazing sound of my bite alarms screaming into action had me springing out of my chair and lifting into a powerful fish, playing the fish felt different to the other fish id caught on here previously with it seemingly plodding along in nicely and then making a bursting run and stripping line again, repeating this process over and over until it was in the net. Looking down into the net I was greeted with a thick set of shoulders and a deep-set fish, could this finally be the 30lb Carp myself and Jack had been waiting for this year?  

At the beginning of the year myself and Jack set a target of a 30lb carp each from this lake by the end of the year, as stated previously we never got amongst any of the bigger fish and took the first year here as a learning curve and set our sights on completing our target next year, however I had what seemed a fairly big chunk of a fish in the net, time to weigh it! 

With the fish securely in the sling and attached to the scales I lifted it up, the needle span round and stopped exactly on 31lb, YIPEEEE!!! I had finally done it! My first UK 30lb carp and target accomplished for the year! The fact it wasn’t just an oz or so over 30 made it better too! A new UK P.B and our target complete on our last trip of the year was just poetry! 

Terry 31lb 6

The ever faithful Wide Gape BP hook from DSD fished Slip-D style using 18lb ‘Stealth’ Hooklink material and using a Glugged Smokey Jack Hookbait from Spotted Fin proving to be this fishes downfall, I honestly have nothing but confidence in the end tackle from DSD so get yourself over to their website a.s.a.p. to jump on the band wagon, they even have spaces for more team members at the moment so check it out!

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So just a few hours into the trip and I was elated! The rest of the trip didn’t matter to me, I had finally done it and Of Course everyone in my phonebook was about to find out! So, with phone calls, messages and photos sent I jumped into my bed chair with no hope of sleeping but just a big grin on my face, to my surprise a few hours later I was away again! Once again, the fish putting up a very good account for itself and I was met with this pristine 18lb Common, getting to the lake an evening before usual had paid of immensely, with 2 fish under my belt I was over the moon! 

Terry 18lb

With that fish returned there was no more action during the night and we were met with this epic sunrise, I absolutely love fishing and this is why, not just for the fishing but the surroundings and just being amongst the beauty of nature just makes everything that little but more special. 

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It wasn’t until later in the afternoon we were met with our next fish, with a few single bleeps on his alarm Jack looked up to see his rod tip bent right round on his left-hand rod, with a sprightly fight commencing he was rewarded with his first fish of the session and yet another pristine Common carp at 18lb. 

Jack 18lb

Once again with the darkness rolling in earlier heading into winter, we were welcomed with a screamer of a run going into the darkness at only half past 6 and this time for Jack, again after a very powerful fight Jack was welcomed with another decent fish, this one going 18.8lb, our average so far this trip being a lot better than any other trip we have had here so far. 

Jack 18.8lb

With the fish returned and the light truly gone we was heading into our last night of what had so far been our best session to date! Well for me anyway, or was it just for me? Tune into the next Part to see how this session goes from epic to EPIC!!!!!!! 

As always, 


Tight Lines & Wet Nets, 

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