I was planning on doing a few nights on Vinny but with the all of the warm weather the carp started spawning, so the management closed it for a couple of weeks. Instead of cancelling my holiday, I decided to book three nights on Sandhurst Lake instead (http://www.sandhurstlake.co.uk/).
I turned up early on the Monday morning and to my surprise there were quite a few anglers still fishing and not much had been caught over the course of the weekend.
As normal I had a good walk around and eventually stopped and had a cup of tea with a fella in peg three (the car park swim) who mentioned that he was going in an hour! I thought great as this is a swim I’ve fished before and he had caught a couple of carp up to twenty four pound and lost a couple.
Whilst we were chatting there were carp jumping out eighty yards to his right, just about where he was fishing. He also had a few liners, one which pulled right up and he struck into nothing and after that he started packing up.
I felt really confidant after seeing the activity, so I got all my gear in the swim and waited untill the fella had packed away. The first thing I did was make up my particle mix which consisted of Dynamites mixed particle, hemp, sweet corn, some crushed tiger nuts and a few grains of maize. I then added some of the Monster tiger nut liquid for added attraction.
Rig wise I was used Covert Lead Clips with two and a half ounce distance leads, short hook links were made up with about five inches of 15lb Disruption and a size 10 Covert Incizor hook. The hook bait was a tiger nut drilled out and plugged with cork and popped up just off the bottom.
Over the course of my session I had nine carp up to 34lb 8oz, which was a lovely common. It was pretty hectic few days!
At one time I was playing a carp when my other rod ripped off and had no choice but to land both in the one landing net, but the icing on the cake was catching the common on my birthday – well happy.