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Carp Jack and Terry

Knowledge is everything

Welcome back one and all, this week we look at a recent session myself and Jack had over on the Top Lake at White Lakes, this lake is proving notoriously difficult for us both but persistence always pays off so we are returning to see if we can make it pay off sooner rather than later.

We arrived on Saturday morning knowing the weather was going to be very wet and windy all day but with the pressure dropping and warmer winds due in we were in for a very good chance of a fish. Only 1 other person was fishing the lake so we had the choice of swims and we decided to jump into swims 3 & 4.

So, with everything set up we was ready, willing and waiting for our opportunity to come along and hopefully bag one of the bigger residents of the lake, our recent session here ended with a good number of fish but nothing above the 20lb mark which Mike likes to remind us is quite exceptional, I would go even further to say it takes more talent to catch the smaller ones in here than the bigger ones, that’s what me and Jack are sticking with anyway.

11 o’clock came around and with it the wind and rain and boy did it rain, of course as soon as it started raining my rod was away! With no one fishing to the left of me and half the lake at my disposal I decided to have one rod down to my left, a Slip-D rig was the rig of choice, comprising of a size 6 Wide Gape BP hook from DSD tackle and their ‘Stealth’ coated hooklink to tie the rig together with a Classic Corn Wafter from SpottedFin as the bait of choice, with loose matching boilies thrown over the top for good measure.

After a fairly short but stressful battle the fish was safely in the net, not one of the bigger fish I hoped for but a cracking little mirror to start us off and to save myself a blank, Yippee!!

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With Jack hastily returning to his bivvy and the fish returned I had to put the rig back into place in 40mph winds and rain, rain, rain and more rain, oh the joys! But as always effort equals reward and shortly after I was away again with another smaller fish but this time a lovely pristine common.

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Once again with Jack scurrying away out of the rain and myself putting the rig back into position it was time to settle down with the hopes of drying off a little. Well, that was the plan however Jack had other ideas and decided to get himself amongst the fish and landed yet another one of the lakes smaller fish with this once again pristine common carp.

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Unluckily and somewhat luckily the fish then seemed to turn off and we didn’t have any more fish during the day, so heading into the night and with the weather starting to ease up a little I decided to finally get out of my wet clothes and change into dryer clothes. Doing this just as it started to stop raining rather than waiting till it actually stopped proved to be a bit of a stupid mistake on my behalf with my reel stripping line off once again on the same spot as before.

This time with what was the smallest fish of the session, as you can see from the pictures, being the nice guy I am I didn’t want to bother Jack and for him to get wet too so I took a quick snap of the fish in the cradle and popped it back as soon as possible, what are best friends for ay?

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With the rain now stopping and the night setting in, we were hoping for some more fish but unfortunately nothing materialised during the night apart from getting our beauty sleep. With the new day came the lovely sunny weather, not long after we arose from our sleep, Mike paid Jack a visit to see why we was failing to catch anything of decent size and to try and help relieve us from pest control.

With him he brought along his trusty boat and secret bait, he stuck a rod in on a spot with said bait and told Jack to ‘keep an eye on it’ which we have come to learn is Mike giving us a helping hand and trying to help make content!

Now, if you know Mike you know he is the ultimate wind-up merchant when it comes to fishing his lakes, you could be there for days and not have anything and he will show up, stick a rod out and within half an hour his into a fish, if he is finding the lake fishing rather hard, he can sometimes wait up till a whole hour before he catches, this is no over exaggeration, he really is that good. As always within 45 minutes the rod was away, Jack lifted into it and was met with a bit of a heavier weight than what we have experienced so far this trip, after a relatively short battle Jack had landed the biggest fish of the session at 19lb 8oz and what a corker! A quick phone call to Mike to let him know he had a fish; he was on his way back round.

This fish is a typical strain of the awesome Common Carp Mike breeds in his lakes, big shoulders, deep belly’s and just perfect, this is one of the big reasons we joined White Lakes is due to the stamp of fish in here and I think you can agree they are stunners!

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With Mike now back with his trusty supplies he reset the trap for us, now I know some of you may think this is cheating etc but in all honesty, I just want fish! We still had to play the fish etc so it’s basically just a free tuition lesson from one of the world’s greatest fishermen, that’s all. And to prove it wasn’t just a fluke, 15 minutes later it was away again, this time I had the privilege of being there and went on to land the fish myself, a lovely 17lb common to top the trip off.

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With the fish returned and not wanting to keep bothering Mike, we called it a day and had to leave anyway, whilst again not getting anything above 20lb and seemingly missing the bigger fish, we learnt some more from this trip again and will put that into action next year when we return as the complex closes over the winter period.

So, a massive thankyou to Mike for showing us how it’s done, also a thank you to you all for reading this blog, we hope you enjoyed it.

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Carp Jack and Terry

Bye bye Ducky!

Welcome back once again everyone to the next instalment of a JT Carpers blog, this week we revisit a recent trip to White Lakes Guest Lake with my dad for 24 hours. 

With myself and my dad turning up a little earlier than Jack, I decided to be the best friend anyone could ask for and setup Jacks bivvy for him so when he arrived, he was ready to cast out and crack on! What a mistake this turned out to be, after 45 minutes in the rain setting up the 3 bivvies, I still didn’t have any rods out and Jack arrived…… not impressed. 

So, after the fun of setting everything up, we were all out and ready to start catching hopefully. It didn’t take to long for Jack to start us off with this lovely little Common just before dark. 

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With the first fish under our belt, we were very confident for a few more and this proved to be true with 4 more fish coming during the night with 1 of them being my dad’s first fish on this lake, it isn’t one of the bigger residents of the lake but when it breaks a bad spell on a new lake you can never complain and dad was over the moon to have had his duck broken, well in dad! The other 3 fish all came to Jack throughout the night, again nothing massive but all very beautiful carp and a cracking mirror amongst them too. 

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Dads first fish from the lake, ending his duck at Whites!

Coming into day light we was all very happy with the results, with 5 fish under our belts within 12 hours was a great result, obviously I was a little gutted to still not have caught one yet and having lost one during the night that added a little salt to the wounds, but in usual Jack ways he decided to rub it in a little more by catching another 3 before anyone else had a chance to catch one, whilst im grateful for the content and happy for my mate to be catching, myself and my dad couldn’t help but have a few choice words for him. 

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The 3rd fish of the mini haul was also the biggest of the session with this awesome 22lb 140z Common Carp, funnily enough whilst Jack was playing the fish, I decided to record a little footage for our social media pages and it just so happened to be this beauty. 

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With Jack having a deserved rest from all the catching 😒, I decided to interrupt and catch a fish for myself, this awesome Mirror carp gracing my net and saving me from a blank, meaning I now felt like I contributed to the overall catch number and can start using the context we instead of they/he 😊. 

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Now that I had my first fish it seemed that Jack had had enough of letting someone else have a go and decided to start showing us up again, netting another 2 fish and continuing his great run of form on this session. 

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With those 2 fish then returned we was coming to the end of our 24-hour session and what a session it had been so far, however it wasn’t all over yet as I decided to chip in with one more fish, this awesome little common graced us with his presence and made me feel a little bit better overall. 

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After returning that fish it was however to be our last, but what a session we had in the end, catching 12 fish between us, Dad breaking his duck on the lake and all topped off with the awesome 22lb 14oz Common that Jack caught. 

All of our fish were caught using DSD Tackle components over a variety of rigs, 4 of the fish fell to a rig comprising of a size 6 Long Shank hook and 18lb Brown Stealth hooklink fished with some shrink tubing to make a blowback effect. 
 
The other fish were all caught on size 6 Wide Gape BP hooks fished a variety of methods such as a Ronnie Rig, Slip D rig with DSD bait screws and finally using the Stealth hooklink again with the coating stripped back to get to the supple braid underneath to make the perfect rig for a method feeder, the method feeder rig was the downfall of the bigger common and 3 other fish. 

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So once again, thank you very tuning in to our little blog and we hope to see you next time, until then. 

As always,  

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Cracking the code

Welcome back to another instalment of a JT Carpers blog, we appreciate you all giving us a read 😊 

So, on this trip we visited White Lakes again for a 36-hour trip on the Top Lake, having fished it a handful of times previously and having the following 25lb Common for Jack and 23lb Common for me we were very much looking forward to it. (If you would like to see how that trip unfolded you can read it here: Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Essex Anglers ) 

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Deciding to fish Pegs 2 & 3 this time round we approached the trip with tactics we thought would pay off. I fished a rod halfway between myself and the reed island in the middle of the lake, another rod off to the right towards an aerator that had some fish buzzing about it when we arrived, then my third and final rod towards the reed island. We had been told this is a good spot for the smaller fish so my hope was to pick a fish up here regardless of the size to get the session kick started. 

Jack chose to fish a method feeder on one of his rods, whilst this is known for smaller fish, we have had some great success as of recently with the method and he thought he would upscale the tackle to accommodate the bigger fish and give it a go. On his other two rods he fished a very similar way to myself with one rod just off of the reed island and another up towards an aerator close to him. 

With us both in our spots all baited up we was looking forward to what was to come, sadly with only a few single bleeps to keep us on our toes, we had no fish going into the night, still feeling confident due to knowing this lake does plenty of fish during the night, we snuggled up in our own individual beds of course :/ and waited for the night to come alive. 

It wasn’t too long after nightfall before we were met with our first fish, with a short battle it was in the net, Jack had our first fish of the session being this pristine small common, wahey! 

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Just as Jack was returning his fish my rods burst into life! Getting on my toes sharpish I ran back to my peg and was into my first fish of the trip! Again, another small common but it’s what I like to call a BS ‘Blank Saver’ Yaaay! 

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The rest of the night passed with nothing but constant bleeps for both of us, however, as soon as first light appeared I was away! Welcomed by a slightly bigger common I was happy, not one of the beasts that reside here but when you have struggled on a lake before any and every fish is very much welcomed. 

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Over the next few hours, the action just continued! With myself landing 1 more fish and jack landing 5, yes 5 fish! Again, none of the bigger fish but what a result, from catching 1 fish from this lake on a session if we were lucky to having 9 fish between us with Jack losing 1 as well, I believe. 

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This one being the bigger of the morning haul for Jack. 

With the majority of Jacks fish coming via the method feeder it seems we may have tapped into a method that could be very successful for us on this lake, again not landing any fish of reasonable size but for the number of fish alone this method of fishing won’t be ignored when we return! 

All of the fish were landed using DSD Tackle, we used a variety of tactics and hook patterns and landed fish on all of them, being the first trip that we used their end tackle we were more than pleased with the results! 

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Using a variety of tackle from DSD Tackle, including the newly released Sniper hooks, we managed to get our best results yet from this lake.

Thanks once again for reading our little blog entry and we look forward to seeing you back for the next one! 

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Cameron Harris Carp

Catching My PB Carp On Fly!

Here is my blog from my best carp fly session ever, I haven’t been out for carp in a while but will be going tomorrow to see if I can smash this PB!

so sit back and have a read I hope you enjoy this little issue of my fishing!

The session was meant to start at 7:00 when the fishery opened but after my buddy made a massive mess and pulling me around about 3 shops to find dog biscuits but finally we found them and we were off, after picking the swim we baited up little and often with dog biscuits and bread. The dog biscuits highly outfished bread despite both working on different days.

My bud was picking up decently sized fish all day on a float rod and my baby only came in the last hour before having to leave for work. She was a perfectly scaled shiny gold common and took about7-8 runs before finally coming to the net and almost spooled me took me right down into backing like a salmon loved every minute despite waking up with a massive arm ache and wanting to cut my arm off it was spectacular.

once letting her rest in the net I packed up and went to work but was a fantastic way to start the day. she went 13lb wish I could have gotten a bigger one so back out tomorrow!

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If you’d like to see the fight and the method I used to catch this beauty I will link the video here. Thanks guys!

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Dayticket? Pass!

Welcome back everyone! This blog we look at a session we done recently over on the Guest Lake at White Lakes with myself, Jack, My dad and future brother-in-law. 

We only had a day session available to fish due to other commitments so we decided to give the guest lake a go for the day rather than trying to fight someone for a swim on a Day Ticket venue on a Saturday. 

We were feeling slightly confident due to knowing the lake a bit better than before and it being the easier of the complex’s lakes to get a fish on a short-day session. 

We arrived to the lake knowing the other 4 swims were already booked up so we had some idea where we would be fishing, we were hoping to get the side of the lake which had aerators along it due to the warmer weather, however those swims were already taken and we had to settle for the swims on the opposite side of the lake. 

We got underway setting our rods up with the hope of a fish each 🤞, a few hours after setting up Jack was away and into the first fish of the session, with a short battle he was blessed with this mirror, not one of the lakes bigger fish but always welcome and got us underway! 

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A lovely small mirror to get the day started and not long after that fish was retuned my rod was away, after a short but spritely fight the fish gave in and graced my net with its presence. 

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There were a few marks on the fish due to the spawning that they had finished a week or so before, so after a little bit of propolis treatment the fish was returned, my session had started and blanking was no longer a problem. 

The rest of the day seemingly passed uneventfully unfortunately until out of nowhere Jacks rod screamed into action, a very decent scrap commenced and Jack was blessed with this awesome 19lb 10oz cracker of a common carp. 

This was so close to carrying on our recent great form at White lakes with having a 20lb fish each trip, unfortunately this was the last fish of our session and meant that our awesome streak had come to an end, but with 3 fish on a day session on a complex we are still trying to crack we are more than happy with the results. 

So, with that all rolled up, we thank you again for reading our little blog and we hope to keep bringing the content to yourselves! 

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Carp Coarse Jack and Terry

A Splash of Colour

In this week’s blog we look over a recent trip myself and Jack had over at ‘The Lake at Nine Acres’, the main reason for this trip was a little social with a couple of mates. Having been to the lake before and lurking in the shadows of Facebook we knew of some of the awesome stock that resides here. 

Upon arriving I decided to set up in the swim I did on our previous trip as I had 3 fish that time and could remember the spots pretty well so I was hoping to repeat the success of before. 

Jack decided to set up 2 swims up from myself which had a fair amount of open water to fish to and also had an angle of the edge of the island to the middle of the lake, this giving him another feature to fish towards if he wanted too. 

I decided to use similar tactics as before with 1 rod over to my left-hand margin using a single glugged up Smokey Jack boilie with matching freebies, another rod fished using PVA bag tactics and my final rod using a zig rig as this is what I had some success on before, Jack used similar tactics but swapped the PVA bag method for a Feeder method. 

Not long after setting up Jack had a beauty of a take on his method feeder and was greeted with an awesome little Koi carp, something this lake is known for and why we mainly choose to fish this venue for. 

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Not the biggest but what a cracking fish! 

With another small carp not long after the Koi carp, Jack was having some success on the method feeder which again he has had some really good results as of recent. 

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After somewhat of a short quite spell, Jacks zig rig was off! Jack was fishing a 6ft zig rig just off the edge of the island, with the depths of the lake being between 12-15ft Jack decided a 6ft zig would be perfect to possibly entice a fish that was cruising through those middle layers, this had once again proven to be a great idea as he was met with this beauty of a mirror carp, with it normally being one of the lakes bigger residents at 20lb+ it was a named fish called ‘Frenchie’ with the time of year being not to long after spawning the fish was slightly down in weight at 18lb but that really doesn’t matter when it’s a cracking as this. 

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Jack with the named fish called ‘Frenchie’ 

The action continued for Jack throughout the day on his method rod and he went on to eventually land another 5 fish with 3 cracking commons up to 15lb and another small common as well. 

After watching Jack have some success on the method rod, I decided to change my PVA bag rig over to a method feeder and low and behold I had this small ghost like common carp to show for my troubles, although not the biggest it’s what I like to call ‘A Blank Saver’ 

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So, with the day all but over we can safely say Jack hit the nail on the head with his tactics and what a great day it turned out to be for him, so well played sir! 

Thankyou once again for tuning into a little blog, we appreciate every view and we thank you for your time 😊. 

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Staycation Success

This week’s blog is a little review of 2 recent sessions Jack had whilst having some time off work and going on a family holiday. 

On his first session, Jack managed a spare few hours on the Bank the day before leaving for his holiday so decided to visit a local venue to him. 
 
On arrival he see the fish feeding on the top so he decided to fish on the top and a zig on the other rod at 6ft up from the bottom. 
 
After a couple hours of the fish just mouthing but not taking his bait Jack decided to make a couple of subtle changes and boy did it pay off, with 7 fish in a little over 3 hours Jack’s changes had paid off, with the pick of the bunch being an awesome little ghost koi mirror carp. 

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Nothing huge but some real good fun surface fishing in a few spare hours he had. 

On his second session, Jack managed a day session on the lake within his holiday complex, he was at Elveden Forest Centre Parcs, with the blistering heat due in Jack set off early to try and get amongst some fish, his mode of transport being this super sexy bike and cart 

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Upon arriving, unfortunately Jacks ideal swim was taken and so he settled for the next available one, within a couple of hours he was into his first fish and using a Method Feeder which Jack has found recent success and confidence in he was off to a flying start. 

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With the fish steadily coming through the day Jack had a very successful trip whilst on holiday and with the sun really making an appearance Jack packed his stuff up a little earlier than planned and spent the rest of the day spending some valuable family time. 

So, with that all wrapped up, thankyou once again for spending the time reading our blogs, we really appreciate your support. 

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Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of our blog! If you missed the first half make sure you read it here: Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Essex Anglers Otherwise, there will be some spoilers 😉 

Following on from the end of the last blog we had a touch choice to make, with the lake now in full spawning mode we choose to leave that lake, luckily the Guest Lake/ Middle Lake hadn’t shown any signs of spawning so we asked Mike if we could jump onto it for the remainder of the trip, luckily for us Mike said yes, no problem but if they started showing signs of Spawning then we would have to wind in and leave. He was closing the complex on Monday anyway to ensure all the fish can get on with what they needed too, Happy Days! 

So, with all our stuff packed up and moved over we was set up ready for the last 24 hours of our trip, obviously not how we planned it but to be able to stay at our favourite complex was a lot easier then possibly having to find another venue in such short notice. 

So, leading into the night we were very confident of a bite, just as I was settling in ready to sleep suddenly my bite alarm burst into life and I was in, after a very good fight I was welcomed with my first 20lb fish out of the Guest Lake with this perfect common carp. 

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That now makes it 3 20lb carp out of the Guest Lake for myself and Jack on our last 2 trips, that is very good going and just reflects why we love this place so much. 

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This also now meant 3 20lb+ carp for myself and Jack on this trip alone, which bar Gran Canaria was defiantly our best result on a session ever, happy days! 

The night carried on uneventfully until around 4am when my rod burst into life with this little common carp, not wanting to awake Sleeping Beauty I took a quick snap of the carp in the sling and returned it a.s.a.p. and got the rod back out on the spot. 

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A few hours before having to pack up and make our way back home, Jack was welcomed with another small common but we were more than happy with the results as this means we made the right decision to switch over lakes rather then find another venue on such short notice. 

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Unfortunately, the rest of the trip passed with no other fish but we didn’t care, with both of us breaking our duck on the Top Lake and both catching some awesome looking fish we were over the moon, we can’t wait to get back on the Top Lake and see if we can carry on our recent form and get a few more bangers under our belts! 

So, until then, 

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Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

At last, myself and Jack have got ourselves back on the Top Lake at Whites Lakes! We booked ourselves on for a 48-hour session over the bank holiday weekend and have been looking forward to this one for a few weeks now. We haven’t had any luck on the Top Lake on our previous trips but with some more knowledge from the current members and from Mike himself we arrived with a slight spring in our step and some confidence within us. 

The Weather leading up to the weekend wasn’t great but it was set to be somewhat of a scorcher whilst we were there, once again the Weather doesn’t give us a break, we always book our sessions a few weeks in advance due to family and work commitments so we are forever relying on the weather being nice to us rather than being able to fish on a whim. 

Upon arriving to the lake, we were met with a bit of a knock in our confidence with Mike saying the fish are set to start spawning any day now, whilst they hadn’t started yet Mike did say that if they did start then unfortunately, we would be asked to leave as when the fish start spawning, he closes the lakes to let the fish get on with it, this is once again another sign of how much of an awesome fishery Mike runs and he is not in it for the money but for the love of the sport and the welfare of his fish. 

With only 2 swims available on the lake, I decided to be the best friend a man could ask for and let Jack fish in his favoured swim (I know honestly, I’m just too nice for my own good.) 

After selecting our sports and putting our new approach into place we stumbled across some eggs they were laid randomly on the path between mine and Jack’s swim, although I’m no twitcher, I do really love being amongst the wildlife around me when fishing and so my interests were intrigued and I decided to try and determine which bird these eggs belonged too. 

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Upon extensive research (Seeing the bird return to the eggs and googling ‘Black and White bird with long Orange beak) it was revealed the eggs belonged to a fascinating bird called an Oystercatcher. 

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A few hours into our trip Jack had a few single bleeps on one of his rods, whilst standing at his rods waiting for another indication, we saw the line moving but not enough for the bite alarm to detect it, Jack decided to pick up the rod and see what was going on, hey presto he was in! Result! Our first fish/take on the Top Lake, a short battle later he was graced with this chunky Common, all 25lb of it! 

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With the rest of the day passing uneventfully, we tucked up into our beds and was excited for the night ahead, at 12am I was greeted with a screamer of a run and just likes Jack fish I had a short battle ahead before being greeted with this awesome 23lb Common, my new Common PB! YIIPEEE!  

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(We do need to work on our night time shots) 

With the rest of the night passing with no further fish we were greeted with our worst nightmare, the fish were getting jiggy with it, so we decided to wind the rods in and head off to the shops to contemplate our next move. 

Upon returning it didn’t look good at all with the fish seemingly turning up their Barry White music and giving it a right good go. 

With our session seemingly over, we had a very hard decision to make…… Come back for our next blog in 2 weeks to see what we done and how/where we ended up! 

On a last note, the eggs seemed to start to hatch whilst we were there too! Love all around us! 

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