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Dreamland Continues

Welcome back to another JT Carpers blog, carrying on from our last blog I apologise for leaving it how I did but I think what is about to happen next deserves its own blog! I hope you’ll agree. 

So, heading into the final night of our trip and Jack returning another cracking fish just an hour earlier he was away again! Another epic battle commenced with the fish stripping line free willingly and putting up and awesome fight under the rod tip, with Jack finally taming the fish he was greeted by this awesome 21lb common! 

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A few snaps later the fish was returned as were we back to our bivvies, with us now surrounded by darkness we were settled in for the night, what an epic session so far for us, 5 fish between us with the smallest being 18lb, easily our best average weight haul so far, and it was about to get even better. 

With the clocks just about to hit midnight, I get a call from Jack in the next peg to say he has another fish in the net and it looks a fairly good one, so, trotting along to the next peg in my crocs (Don’t judge me) I picked up Jacks net to have a look at his reward and wow, Jack had underestimated his fish and boy did it show, with the fish in the sling and scales hooked up, let the weighing commence! 

The needle flew round past 20,25,30 and settled on an awesome 31lb and 8oz, half a pound bigger then my 31, Jack was elated! We joked he had been waiting 5 years for this moment as I had previously beat him by 8oz on our P.B fish whilst fishing in Gran Canaria. 

Whilst this fish wasn’t as deep set as mine, it was longer and its weight comes from its muscle, whilst admiring the beautiful capture we couldn’t believe just how thick the wrist to the tail was, we could tell where the pure power of the fish came from. 

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We had done it! Our target for the year was a 30lb+ carp each from this lake and on our last session of the year on here we had both smashed it! New P. B’s and our first UK 30lb+ carp we were both ecstatic!  After sharing a very manly and bromance embrace the fish was returned and we were both left absolutely in awe of what a trip we were having. 

It wasn’t over yet! Less than 30 minutes after Jacks awesome fish was returned, I was away again! Under the blanket of darkness, I was battling what seemed yet another very powerful fish, stripping line and deep diving free willingly. After a very entertaining battle I was rewarded with this very deep set 24lb Common, a very welcome visitor to the bank and carrying on our ever-fruitful session! 

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With the sunrise came another fish for Jack! This one once again coming in bang on 18lb. This session is truly a red-letter session for myself and Jack, whilst we weren’t being met with countless amounts of fish, after having a hard time getting amongst the bigger fish on this lake this session has truly been blessed for us. 

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After the fish being returned and the inevitable end of the session coming closer, we made a start on a very slow pack up, utilising our time as much as possible. With just an hour and half left of our session Jack was away AGAIN! This time being rewarded with this, once again, pristine Common Carp of 20lb! What a session it has been for us! 

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With the gear drying out, bivvies packed away and only rods left out we stood by the lakeside reflecting on this magical session. Two brand new P. B’s and first UK 30lb+ carp for us both topped off a session with epic proportions, 2 x 30lb, 3 x 20lb and 4 x 18lb+, we had a session off our lifetimes and to top it off with just the rods left out Jack was away again! This time back to pest control and having this lovely little 10.8lb common to finish off this amazing weekend. 

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Unfortunately, that was the end of our session but with our grins from cheek to cheek we jumped in the car and headed home, with our target for the year complete on the last session we decided to set ourself a new one for next year. A majority of the fish in the lake are common carp so we have set the tall ask for a 30lb+ Mirror carp each next year, with a bit more knowledge under our belt and a new way to approach the lake next year I firmly believe we can do it! So, make sure you stick around with us and see how we get on next year with our adventures back on White Lakes. 

All of the fish from this session were caught using a variety of hooks and end tackle from DSD, from my favourite hook pattern at the moment the Wide Gape BP to Jacks favourite the Longshank hook pattern, they have hook patterns for everyone and their coated hooklink is perfect for all different types of rigs, we use it all to our advantage and as you can see the results speak for themselves. They are also looking for new team members to join so don’t hesitate, get yourself onboard!

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Once again thanks for tuning into our little blog and we will see you in 2 weeks’ time. 

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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! 

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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! 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!!!!!!! 

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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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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. 

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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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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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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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As always,      

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,      

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