Ross Hodgetts managed two extra special gifts at Farlows over the Christmas period.
What a Peach!
8th December 2017
A keen eye and a swift tactic change led to Marc Cavaciuti banking yet another peach of a common from the Essex Manor, on a quick overnight session.
Marc Cavaciuti explains; “I arrived at the lake a little after midday to find that most of the weekend anglers had pulled off. After a chat with a few of the regulars, it seemed not much had been happening, which has been a common theme for the last few weeks, it really was fishing patchy at best.
One swim with some form, called ‘The Rope’ was available; it is a swim that offers a lot of water, with plenty of options. It was an area I knew well, deep and silty at around 50-yards, which slowly shallowed up to a relatively gentle marginal slope, with depths ranging from 16ft, coming up to 6ft close in. My mate, Tom was already setup next door in ‘The Steps’, so after I had checked with him, to see if he minded me setting up next-door, I then sat and tried to work out my options.
Not knowing how much bait went in over the busy weekend was my worry, so I decided to fish single 12mm Peach and Pepper Pop-Ups on my usual spinner rigs with the top bead set high on my helicopter leader set up, which would allow for a softer drop. I didn’t intend on casting out till I saw some shows, but the evening was very quiet and in the end I cast them out at varying ranges to cover the different water depths.
After a very quiet night, I decided to change all three rods over to low lying Zigs, due to the pressure increase and absolutely nothing else to go on. I really hoped this change would nick a bite before I had to leave.
A few hours later, whilst sat next to my rods looking for any activity, I noticed some tiny pin prick bubbles on the surface. The wind was nonexistent, it was like a millpond and I just sat watching for twenty minutes and slowly bubble after tiny bubble pricked the surface. Deep down I knew it was carp; more bubbles continued to appear close in, then in a line. I knew I had to capitalize on this sign.
I whipped one of my zig rods in, cut off the zig and re-tied my heli-safe set up back on, armed with a spinner rig. Whilst flossing on a fresh 12mm Peach and Pepper Pop-Up I could see the bubbles continuing to break the surface.
Rather than cast directly at the bubbles, I cast my lead passed the bubbles then quickly retrieved it across the surface, before allowing it to slowly descend to the bottom and transmitting a soft drop.
As I walked the rod back to my alarm, I heard the water shuffle behind me and just caught ripples of one lifting out inches from my rig. With the rod set, I was expecting a quick bite and it was to little surprise when the rod burst into life, less than 10-minutes later.
After a slow, but heavy fight I netted a chunky old common, which once on the scales registered a very pleasing, 40lb 4oz. Tom came and gave me the help I needed behind the camera and we both sat laughing about what had just happened. Unfortunately, I had to pull off, but I drove home buzzing.”