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Karl Jenkinson – red-letter session
16th July 2016
Karl Jenkinson breaks his PB with an incredible big-pit common…
“I was on my way to my target venue, but the journey took me past another lake that I’d done a couple of work overnighters on. These two previous nights had been kind to me, as I’d landed a few fish including an immaculate 21lb common. As I passed the venue, I noticed the area of my previous success was free again. I knew the fish were holding up in this area and it had also seen a decent amount of my bait, so I made a U-turn in my van and decided a change of plan was in order!
Within thirty minutes of the rods being in the water I was attached to a hard-fighting common that once eventually netted, spun the scales to 29lb 4oz. I made a quick phone call to a colleague who was more than obliging to take a few shots for me and came along with the added bonus of a big curry.
The next morning turned out to be a proper hectic one, at around 3am my rod burst into life with a 20lb 14oz sparsely scaled mirror that was a real peach. The rod was back on the spot as soon as possible, and just a few hours passed before I hooked my third of the session. It fought hard and did its best to evade capture until what was clearly a huge carp boiled in front of me!
I soon had Max on the phone in the hope he’d be able to return and take some more shots for me, and fortunately he duly obliged. I felt like I was walking on air as I lifted the Carp on to the mat, it was an amazing looking creature that went 34lb+ on the scales…I didn’t even get chance to look at the shots before I was away again! I went on to bank a further few doubles and finally a 24lb common – “a true red-letter session, especially on an overnighter”