The South African duo Jono and Lee update us with their results from a summer campaign on the local syndicate
30th September 2019
Anthony Perry’s stars certainly aligned over the last few weeks with the capture of two Belgian 40lb+ mirrors followed by a sought-after 40lb+ common on his return home!
Anthony Perry must have felt like buying a few lottery tickets over the last couple of weeks because his luck has certainly been in! A trip into Europe with his friend saw the downfall of two gnarly 40lb+ mirrors, including the biggest and most sought after from a set of public waters in Belgium. Not only that, upon returning home, after a week of pre-baiting a new water with the Manilla, he managed to bank one of Lincolnshire’s finest carp with the common known as Cut Tail at 42lb 2oz on his very first trip!
Anthony detailed his Belgian trip:
“After a great start to the week on a canal, we actually decided to leave for a set of public lakes a day earlier than planned. The weather was bang on, feeling heavy, 20+°C, overcast and drizzly; classic big fish weather.
“We arrived at the lakes around lunch time on the Tuesday and after walking the overgrown maze of lakes we didn’t have much to go on, so settled for a swim that commanded a lot of water with plenty of options. With the horrendous barrow journey out the way the leading rods came out to find some nice spots amongst the masses of weed that was present.
Later that afternoon I was confident I’d made the right choice with shows and huge patches of fizzing hitting the surface, but unbelievably the rods stayed silent into darkness but we went to bed feeling confident. It was a sleepless night, but not because I was catching, my friend Sam was tearing it up over in his swim! In a 12-hour period he had six bites landing fish to 37lb with some real special ones in the mix!
“We were on a huge buzz the next day but there was an elephant in the room, how had I not had a bite? I felt I needed a change of plan, so the leading rod came out once again to try and find an alternative spot! It didn’t take long to find a lovely area of glassy silt that was surrounded by weed that just felt the one. I gave it a pretty big hit of bait consisting of mainly whole and chopped Krill and tiger nuts finished off with a good helping of Liquid Liver and Fish sauce.
“Within an hour I’d had two bream and was beginning to feel it was never going to happen, so enough was enough; I was moving lakes!I wrapped everything up and moved onto a different lake it was only about 30yards behind the swim we were in so I left the rods with Sam while I got the new plot sorted and new rigs tied.
“I was minutes away from moving the rods when unbelievably one went into meltdown! The fight was pretty uneventful as it came through the weed with no issues and just bobbed its head from side to side not feeling big at all. However, when we netted the fish, we could tell it was a good fish but did not expect it to go over the magical 40lb mark! It went 40lb 4oz, a public water dinosaur with pecks bigger than my face, a seriously cool fish!
“Obviously, the gear got moved straight back to my original swim and the rods were redone ready for the night. I had the fish on a multi rig with a 14mm Signature Squid but after the bream attention I decided to go in with two hinges and 16mm Manilla Yellow One pop-ups to try and avoid them!
“There was an air of anticipation going into that night, the place really is special, and all the fish are characters, but there was one particular one I would have loved to have my picture with. I had been chatting to one of the local lads the day before about that fish and all he said was: ‘You’ll know if she’s on the end because she will go where she wants when she wants’.
“In the early hours of the morning I was awoken to the sound of my alarm but the sound of braid being torn from a tight clutch seemed more noticeable to my ears. As I lifted the rod grabbing the spool, I soon realised I wasn’t the one in control here, indicating to Sam I think I know what I’m attached to.
“After twenty minutes of this fish pleasing itself going from one weed bed to another, I started to gain some line and for the first time felt like I was in control. With the fish only about 30 yards out my rod locked up, I had weed stuck in my tip eye and the 20yds of line in the water was just a tangled mess trapped in huge rafts of weed. At a stalemate the panic began to set in and the thought of losing the fish dawned on me. Luckily my old mate Sam was up to his limit in the water just pulling off huge amounts of weed from the line, and slowly hand lining the fish to the net.
“It had been a long time by this point and we were both unsure if the fish was even still on the end! After another minute or so of gingerly hand lining this fish in, under torch light a huge head appeared from under the weed and like a flash Sam had the net under it along with a lot of weed. She was ours, the queen of the lakes and one of the gnarliest fish I have ever seen was lying in the bottom of the net.
“My size 5 Thinking Anglers Out-Turned Eye hook was buried in the bottom lip and thank god after all that. We hoisted her up and the scales read 44lb 8oz! A new PB for me and I was absolutely blown away by the fish and couldn’t believe what had just happened, the buzz was incredible.
“We felt we had done what we came to do, and it was time to move on, we still had four nights of our trip left so was on to pastures new! It’s always better to be lucky than good!”