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Having been unable to fish as much this year it was only my third season on the main lake at Fryerning. With only one other fish out since 30th November last year I knew the odds were against me but as I was able to secure a spot in the lodge swim, and the weather was getting better I felt I had a chance. In the afternoon of Saturday a few fish showed at range and as this was the only thing to go on I cast two cold water green beast pops ups as far as I could manage towards the showing fish. Nothing happened over night but at 7am my middle rod roared off. After a steady fight I slipped the net under an old friend in the shape of a koi known as the Dalmation. At 36lbs it was a welcome start to my catches for 2018.
A stunning 17lb, 40 year old common, caught from a very low stocked reservoir in the North West of England. Caught using a wide spread of Berry Bubble with a Scopex Cult Classic over the top.
(Editors note: It's not a 30 :) but we have included this notable fish in the gallery because of where it was taken, and its quality, for all to enjoy.)
After a very hard weeks fishing on Etang du Manoir where the lake only produced 10 fish all week I was finally rewarded with one of my target in the shape of a 37lb orange Koi. Not everyone's cup of tea I am sure!! A white N-Blend pop up was it's downfall over a bed of crushed N-Blend boilies.
Had this stunning 29.2lb common fishing my syndicate. It was fished to a hard silty spot at 44 yards using a Ronnie rig with a N-Blend popup and 5 spombs of 18 and 15mm N-Blend freebies. I also squirted some N-Blend DNA in each spomb befor I cast it out. Well happy with this one
I got down to the lake at about 12pm and set up in the teeth of the wind; and at 9 pm the left hand rod was away. An epic 20 min fight was over as she slipped in to the net. She was in mint condition and at 41.8 she was my new PB mirror too. The rig was a hinge stiff rig over a scattering of N-Blend put out to where I'd seen fish show at 15 yards.
After a few year focusing on fishing abroad I had a go at some local fish in a big pit. The fish was getting ready to spawn but cold weather (Denmark) keept them going on the food.
A peach & sourcream 15mm snowman fished on my "confidence rig" did the trick. Within 15 min. the fish picked up the bait. Location and quality bait were the key. weighing in at 36,3 lbs it was a"comeback" that I will remember for some time :)
From our friend Martin in Denmark: 'After the succes on the first trip for some years on a local water I had to try again. Using same approach as last time. locating the fish, presenting a 15 mm snowman peach & sourcream on the spot and with in 5 minutes 3 big fish were feeding hard on the few free offerings - and in only a matter of minutes one picked up the snowman and I was in again. this one weighing in at 37 lbs. Shortly after the carp started to spawn and the weed growth closed my spots so no more quick action. but I will be back next year.'
51lbs 7 oz common caught at Vallee Lakes France, N-Blend 18mm fished on chod over 4kg bed of 15-18 and 22mm freebies on a clear patch at 100yards on the back of a weed bed. Put up a great fight and went straight into the weed bed, took 35 minutes to get her into the net. This was accompanied by two 40's, a 30 and a couple of high 20's.
Well done Scott.
** 41lb Common For Martin Pick **
DT Consultant, Martin Pick wanted to share his recent success with everyone. Here is what he has to say..
I caught this 41lb 4oz common out of Wellington Country Park at 60 yards range. I fished over half a kilo of chopped and whole N-blend and Cold Water mix with a small amount of hemp. I used a white Cold Water mix pop up over the top and had the take just as it was getting light in the morning.
DT Bait team manager, Paul Bocking has landed a new PB Common of 42lb 6oz.
Paul also had 2 other fish of 24lb 2 and 16lb whilst on a recent quick overnight session after work.
The fish were caught over a bed of Cold Water Green Beast using the ever faithful Cult Classic Scopex Pop-Up on a hinge stiff rig using a Fox edges curve shank size 4 hook with fox Trans khaki fluorocarbon.
Match Pit Wivenhoe. Nr Colchester Essex.
Swim: The Beach
Un-named Mirror at 28:04
Supa Fruit washed out pink pop-up on a stiff hinge rig over 20 15mm N Blend.
07:15 One toner and fought like a demon. When I saw the size of the fins I realized where the power came from.
Our consultant @hobo_1986 has had an unbelievable time the last couple of weeks squeezing in time between work .. with a haul of over 35 fish including quite a few 30+ fish utilising his time by baiting with a kilo of supa fruit before leaving each session and using supa fruit pop ups to tempt them . Here's one of them .... well done again
Will Mant has a very successful session of late catching a new personal best common at 68lb 4oz.
It was Will's third 60lb+ carp from the venue, all of which have fallen to 18mm Supafruit bottom baits! Baiting steadily with 20kg of free offerings throughout the week.
Will also landed mirrors of 30lb 10oz, 32lb, 39lb 9oz, 41lb 6oz, 45lb 4oz, and a 44lb common!
On my recent trip to the French Les Teillatts I was lucky enough to catch a few. I started with 24lb M just 6 hours in to the session, followed by 48lb m 6 hours later nice settlers. I was fishing 88 yards out to a bar 12 , 13 feet deep. On top I was using hinged stiff rigs 6 inches long with DT BubbleBerry pop-up on. Over the week I managed 7 fish 24lb M 37lb C 38lb C 39lb8 C 48lb M 51lb M and 68lb C. I used about 15kg of BubbleBerry boiles 15s and 18's mixed, and about 5kg of Green Beast
Tom put in a number days over a few weeks to nail his target fish. It resulted in him catching the Back-up common at 47lbs 10oz in Braxted Back Lake. He consistently baited one spot and put two rods on it to ensure that if a Tench took one he would still be covering the mark. He caught it on Pukka Fish Peach & Sour Cream with a D rig with a long hair.