Joel Drapkin ends 2018 with five fish hit and new lake record for The Wharf.
Fully Deserved at Abbey Lakes
10th September 2018
Having put past knowledge to good use, Dan Sibley went on to have a productive week on Abbey Lakes’ Fox Lake. During his stay he caught consistently and topped his week with a very rare and very special mirror!
When we asked Dan about the events of his week at Abbey Lakes, this is what he told us: “Back in May me and two of my good pals headed over to Abbey lakes in France for a week’s fishing. Having fished the complex before I had a good idea of what I needed to do to make best use of my time. From recent years observations, I’ve always noticed that most anglers use big baits. When walking around the lakes you can see that everyone has big air-dry bags hanging from the trees full of 18/20mm baits. So, this got me thinking of going down the route of keeping my baits small to hopefully offer something a little different for the carp.
We chose to fish Fox Lake this year and upon arrival we found the lake to be very busy and had very little to choose from in the way of pegs. I opted for peg 15 purely because it is situated in the central area of the lake and I knew at some point during our stay fish would pass through this area of the lake.
Armed with 12mm Manilla, hemp and corn I found the hardest spot possible and put all three rods on it, and tight. Keeping my baiting presentation small paid off as I caught steadily all week landing some cracking mid 40lb commons and some low 30lb mirrors, but the highlight of the trip was one of Fox Lake’s most sought after mirrors, a 54lb 8oz fully scaled mirror that is a very rare visitor to the bank!
All my fish from this particular trip were caught on 12mm Manilla pop-ups, these were presented on Ronnie rigs and fished over my simple mix of 12mm Manilla boilies, hemp and corn, all of which was heavily soaked in the Cloudy Manilla Liquid.”