Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
As one chapter ends….
6th June 2019
Tom Loraine ends his winter / Spring campaign with the jewel of the lake he dearly wanted, the impressive C Scale!
It wasn’t that long ago we were writing a story on how well Tom Loraine’s Winter / Spring campaign was going, racking up over 50 fish to date, so we knew it was only a matter of time before he slipped the net under his target fish.
Tom has put some serious effort into catching this fish and the rest throughout his campaign, baiting relentlessly every week without fail for months on end since Winter began!
It just shows therefore, if you are willing and wanting to put the time and effort in the rewards are always there and when you have put that little bit extra in, then that capture, that moment can mean so much more!
Tom switched over to The Krill for this trip moving over from Manilla, opting to fish a Krill White One over a few kilo of Krill boilies soaked in Pure Krill Liquid and coated with Krill powder.
Tom’s final chapter in his own words:
I arrived at the lake as always after work on Sunday. Usually there’s a few lads left from the weekend, but the weather had been hot, and I could see the lake looked lifeless and covered in a thick film of scum due to the lack of wind and rain.
I decided to leave my gear at the gate and have good look around in search of the final piece of the puzzle and the one I dearly wanted, the awesome C scale.
It was clear to me the carp were well and truly sunning themselves so after a few hours of locating different groups of them in various areas of the lake I decided to settle on one of the two areas I’d been catching from consistently over the past few months. Rods were deployed and an hour or so later something was telling me to search the area I’d done well from the previous week. As I slowly crept up the bank and climbed the tree overlooking this area, I could barely believe my luck. There she was, cruising from one area to another without a care in the world. I was unsure whether to move as the area I was in currently covered a good part of the lake and a route they always went over once the sun was setting. I carried on watching and could see that this was too much of a good chance to pass up! The gear was thrown onto the barrow and away I went, moving to a swim I’d done very well from recently.
Rods wrapped up and my Tungskin hinges mounted with Krill White Ones slammed down on the spots, the same spots I’d been fishing since January and I was angling. In went the bait, 2kg of Krill 16mm glugged in pure Krill liquid and finished off with Krill powder. The night passed quietly, and I was awoken with a stunning little upper double fully at first light.
Sitting on my hands for a few hours trying desperately not to climb the tree for a look but I could wait no longer. I shot up the tree and was disappointed to see just a handful of randy males. I sent one spomb of oily hemp out to the spot and sat back plotting for the day ahead. I needn’t have bothered as 10 minutes later it was away. It took off on an 80-yard powerful surge with me trying to direct it away from my other line. After a great battle I could see the top of my TA leadcore leader just breaking the surface a few yards out and behind that a crusty old back and as it kited left, I could see that all important scale, it was her, the mighty C Scale.
With her safely in the net I stood there in relief whilst pumping full of adrenaline. Finally, after 10 months 126 carp and some absolute stunning fish, she was mine. The wife got the first call as always followed by a couple of mates, we weighed and photo’d her, she looked awesome and at 44lb she was the biggest she’d ever been.
I’ve enjoyed my time on the intimate little club lake and as frustrating as it can be sometimes the hard graft always pays off. As always, it’s a funny old feeling walking away and closing those gates one final time, but as one chapter ends another one begins and now it’s back to where I was before I had been side tracked by this very special carp.