Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
Going the Extra Mile on the Quarry
28th July 2016
Chris Douce had never set eyes on the Essex Quarry before, but before the end of his first session he’d landed the lake’s biggest mirror at over 37lb.
Chris had arranged a group social with close friends on the famous Essex Quarry, and it paid off massively, as he explained:
“This trip was a social I held for a group of anglers, and none of us had ever been to the venue before. On arrival, we all thought the lake was absolutely stunning, and it was very kind to us.
I came out 12th in the draw and opted to fish a swim on the shallows, as I had seen fish there on a walk around. I had a nice scaly mirror on the first night, which was a lovely moment shared with friends Marcus and Josh, followed by a little common at 7.00 a.m.
I then lost a good fish to an unexplained hookpull. After that I decided to fish two rods on the area that was doing the bites. A short while later I had a slow take, and it was clear that it was a better fish from the word go.
The fish tried to do me around a marginal treeline but I managed to get her up on the surface and ready for netting. I didn’t know which one it was at the time it rolled into the net, but I could see it was one of the old crusty Essex fossils which I really wanted to catch.
On the mat it soon became clear that it was the big mirror known as Shoulders, and the shout went up. What a result! It was made much more special by sharing it with 17 of my closest angling friends, a real memorable moment in carp fishing for me. Good times.”
Successful tactics for Chris on the Quarry were 10ins KD-style arrangements fished over of a mix which consisted of the following: hemp, Krill Pellet, Krill Clusters, tigers, crushed tigers, Krill Boilies, Krill crumb, Pure Krill Liquid, Cap Oil and L0-30T.