This hectic action continued up until dark, then just on dark my banker rod registered a bite, this time from a Bream! I literally could not believe my luck. So many bites and not a single carp, getting the rod under the trees wasn’t really an option in the dark, so I wrapped it up only this time taking off half a wrap knowing this would take me close but without the fear of hanging a rig up in the woodwork. After that the night passed fairly quietly, other than one more Tench and a few liners.
Dawn broke, and I was up watching the water with a tea in hand before first light. The morning passed and things had gone quiet, so I decided to re-bait the spots, wind in the rods, polish up the hook points, put fresh hookbaits on re-wrap the rods and send them back out. After that I had one more bite which fell off but left slime up the hook link, leading me to believe it was another Tinca.
By about 3PM, it looked a bit dead, so I wound in and went for a bit of a mooch with Leon ‘Rif-Raf’ Bartropp. It turned out there was a few good carp under the trees, including a good mirror and what looked like every Tench in the lake (which amused Leon no end). We returned to my swim and he decided to drop in next door, in a swim known as Daisy. After we both got the rods out and baited up and we had a bit of a chin wag about all things Carpy. Then Dan Cole kindly went up the shops and brought back fish’n’chips for the 3 of us! We sat in my swim and chowed down, leaving us all well fed.
I retired to my bed early and was awoken around 11-12PM, Leon had only gone and bagged a lovely upper 30 common, apparently it had fought like a demon. I had a quick chat and then got back into bed and once again got up before first light full of anticipation, another bite on first light and yes you guessed it, it was another Tench.
I started to feel a bit deflated and beat up if I’m honest, then out of nowhere I had another Tench like bite only this time I picked up the rod and the far margin erupted and the rod bent double as I made contact with a big angry carp… Finally, I was attached to my quarry. Leon came over and helped me shuffle into my waders and help pass my rod under the other as the carp powered out of the bay. I soon lent into the carp, with the tip held low I slowly put the brakes on it. As I did that the carp rolled and I could see it was a big’un! Then, on the second time of asking, it rolled over the net cord.
Everything was readied and we carried the enormous leathery looking mirror out into the even light, where we photographed and weighed it. The scales spun round to a healthy 43lb 12oz – and the carp looked as though it could have been a fair bit heavier pre-spawning, as it’s frame was massive. I was elated to have caught such an incredible looking carp which was later recognised to be a fish known as ‘Heart Tail’, which was one of the mirrors I loved the look of when I first joined. So, after 2 trips I’d received around 16 bites, with only 1 carp, but wow what a carp. One that was well worth the wait I think you’ll agree. It was time to leave and I went home a happy chappy.