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Second Time Lucky For Rob Burgess
6th October 2017
Rob Burgess has just got back from a very hectic session in France, which saw him bank no less than 33-fish, with eleven of them going over the magical 40lbs mark.
Rob explains: “This was my second visit to the venue and although I did very well during my first trip 2 years ago, I’ve always wanted to get back and make some changes to my approach
I was fishing in deep water around 18-22ft and it was apparent from my first trip that smell was a major factor in getting more bites. so, for this trip I went prepared with heavily glugged freebies and hookbaits, in the hope of getting as many bite as possible.
Every evening I would prepare for the next day, emptying a 5kg bag of Krill boilies into a bucket, then I would cover the bait with boiling lake water and half of a bottle of Pure Tuna Liquid.
I was also using pellets, but would prepare these separately. Again, I would give them glazing with Pure Tuna Liquid and then a dusting of Krill powder.
My hookbaits consisted of 16mm krill Tuff Ones, which I presented ‘snowman style’ with a 12mm Krill Pink One Pop-up. The Krill Tuff Ones were soaked in Krill glug for a week prior to my trip.
The week started off very productive for me and on the first night I landed 6-fish to a whopping 59lbs 6oz.
The weather didn’t really change during the first 5-days, not much wind and high pressure. But, on the Friday night the weather changed, and it looked perfect! The air pressure dropped and there was a fair bit of rain too.
Although it wasn’t a very productive night, it felt right for a ‘big un’, and just before first light I received a very slow take and after a standard fight, I soon had the fish coming up the marginal shelf, it didn’t feel anything spectacular. But, as it came up in the water it was clear to see this wasn’t your average carp!
The fish was now within 5ft of the net and I was hoping it was going to be a simple case of slipping the net under it. Unfortunately, the fish had other ideas and stormed off back down the shelf into deep water.
Several minutes later I had a second attempt at netting it and thankfully this time I had my prize, it looked huge and I was buzzing.
A few mates had gathered in the swim to help and we all knew it was going to be big, but when we got her up on the scales and the needle zoomed past 60lbs like it didn’t exist and carried on some, we knew it was a very special carp. The needle finally settled and read a mind-blowing 78lbs 2oz!! A new P.B and one that will stand for many years, I’m sure.”