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Jack Funnell – A Proper Wraysbury Result
28th September 2018
A super productive visit to Wraysbury resulted in Jack Funnell landing two of the lakes larger residents, one of which Jack dearly wanted to catch.
A quick catch up with Jack revealed the following: “I had been keeping my eye on the weather before making the trip to Wraysbury and noticed that we were due some strong south westerly winds and a slight pressure drop, perfect carp fishing weather.
Some lakes and their inhabitants can be slightly predictable, for example a spell of hot weather can push carp into shallow bays or underneath snags, fish can sit on the end of warm winds and in this particular situation the severe wind and rain can push them into open water.
I opted to fish in a swim called Stile, I had not fished the swim before but knew it had access to a large area of open water, perfect for the low-pressure system and big winds we were due.
With the weather on its way I knew I couldn’t fish far, 80 yards was the max. I arrived before first light, the marker rod was dispatched, and spots were found and prepped. I soon had a large bed of corn, whole and crumbed Manilla on the spot just before bite time.
Throughout the morning the wind continued to pick up, waves were crashing, trees creaking in the wind behind me but more importantly the fish were showing. It wasn’t long before I received a bite on the right-hand rod, after a slow steady fight the fish waddled towards me. As soon as I caught a glance I knew it was a fish I had had several weeks previous, I won’t complain as it was a fish known as Mikes Pet at just over 44lb, a great way to start the trip.
Over the next 24 hours I managed to land several of Wraysbury’s pretty little stockies to just over 31lb. The following afternoon I received a slow take on the right-hand rod, half way in as the fish was plodding from left to right and attempting bury itself in every weedbed it could find, I knew it was a better fish.
A fish known as Paw Print, one of the old Scotties, rolled into the folds of my landing net. A target of mine was to catch one of the older fish in Wraysbury and at 38lb it was definitely target achieved! The session continued to produce fish and in total I managed 15 fish, meaning that this was my most productive session at Wraysbury to date.”