For some reason nothing else happened in my swim that night and I suspected the crays might have cleaned me out, so I recast both rods at dawn and re-baited each channel with another 3 handfuls of bait and sat and had a break with Matty. From what we could see Lewis had caught a couple from the East bank that morning and before I’d barely had a couple of sips of tea my ATTx remote signalled a bite and the next thing I knew I was doing battle with a lively carp. This fish wasn’t as big as the common, but it was welcome and the capture reinforced the point that I needed to continue baiting on a ‘little and often’ basis as both bites had come quickly after topping up the swim. Like the first, the fish had dumped the lead and as I rarely dump leads and I wasn’t carrying many spares I was already low on the larger 2.5oz version I prefer to use when using D-Rigs. I don’t know why but this rig definitely fishes better with larger leads and unfortunately I didn’t have any, so I had to put on 1.5oz versions. This is where it all went wrong for a bit because the bites kept coming each time I baited, but I suffered two hook pulls. One of the losses wounded me as I saw the fish and it was definitely one of the big’uns if not the big’un in the lake. It actually gave me a really slow take and I virtually wound it all the way into the bank and I got a sighting of it before it woke up. As I could see it was a chunk I simply just played it out for ages, only for the blooming hook to slip just before it was ready for netting.
Anyway, that p*ssed me right off, but not wanting to be beaten I decided that I would do the second night and after having a BBQ with the lads and robbing Lewis of all the big leads he had in his van, I returned to my swim and repeated the process. Another quick bite occurred and another nice mirror folded my light TC rods in half before slipping into the net. This only confirmed what I’ve always thought about needing a large lead with the D-rig, so I felt like I was back in the game although the clock was ticking as I only had until first light the next morning. The BBQ was soon lit, so I felt like I had to be sociable and wound in for an hour or so.