The South African duo Jono and Lee update us with their results from a summer campaign on the local syndicate
Christchurch 15 fish haul
9th May 2019
Well stocked venues, with large heads of big fish, respond well to big beds of bait, as Marc Cavaciuti proves on Grenville’s.
Bait and they will come is quite an old saying, but quite often, on suitably stocked venues with fantastic stocks of big and hungry fish, this old adage can be your ticket to a bumper haul. We certainly would not advise piling the bait into an intimate little estate lake with half a dozen fish in; that would more than likely work against you! However, many of the larger day ticket, syndicate and club lakes in the UK now hold not only a lot of fish in general but also a good number over the 30lb mark. These are the types of venues which respond so well to a big bed of bait, so long as it is put in the right area.
Marc Cavaciuti is no stranger when it comes to multiple hits of fish from big beds of bait. On his most recent trip to Grenville’s in Cambridgeshire, the 35-year-old firefighter banked six-fish topped by a trio of 30-pounders. All of Marc’s fish came to a big bed of bait, 15kg of Krill laced with Pure Krill Liquid.
Speaking about his session, Marc revealed: “I arrived at the lake to find that it had been fishing relatively slow, but after doing a lap I had been told that the fish were still quite active. The fish were still in the area where I had caught from on my previous trip so I bucketed the swim and waited for the angler to pack away.
“By mid-afternoon my baits were on the spots and I gave them 5kg of my Krill mix and sat back watching the water. At 7.30pm I had my first bite, resulting in a 22lb mirror. I quickly re-did the rod and no sooner had I sat down for a brew, the line fell slack and unfortunately the lead had been discharged and I wound in a fishless rig!
“I woke up the following morning frustrated that I didn’t have another chance during darkness and made the decision to topped up with another 5 spombs before re-casting back to the spot with all three rigs. Like the previous week I observed the fish get closer and closer to the spot until they were right over me. The bite did come and after a long range fight a chunky 33lb 1oz mirror hit the spreader block. Unfortunately, the weather changed after that fish, and I received no action for the rest of the day or the night.
“My phone alarm went off at 4am and I woke up and put 5kg out in the dark on the spot. This is a lot of bait in the spring however there are a lot of big hungry mouths to feed and in the deep water I really wanted my spot letting off plenty of attraction to draw them down from above. At 6.30am they started to show closer and closer to the spot, and the bite came shortly after, a spirited 22lb mirror being the first to slip up. I quickly re-did the rod and hit the spot first time. I didn’t have time to turn the alarm on and it pulled out of the clip. This fight was different, really slow and really heavy. The fight went on and on in the deep water and after what felt like all morning, a big mirror was in my net. Unhooking her in the water and slipping her in the retainer, I was up to my waist in the water when my other rod pulled out of the clip. After the previous two long battles my arm was feeling very sluggish and another long-range heavy fight ensued.
“Again, it felt like forever and this time the fish managed to dig itself into last season’s dying weed on the bar. It all ground to a halt but slow and steady pressure got the fish moving again. I was really happy to see a scaly 31lb 5oz mirror come to the net.
“I had no rods on the spot, I quickly re-wrapped a rod, attached a fresh rig that I had ready and put the rod back onto the spot. I didn’t have time to do my second rod as whilst wrapping it up the other rod was away; the result was a 26lb mirror. Paul the lake owner came around to do the pictures and assist with weighing for his records and the crazy morning feeding spell had subsided with the largest one going 39lb 10oz.”