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28th October 2019
Lesters at 42lb 6oz tops an incredible session for Daniel Whitford
Every now and again, things just go right, and this is just what Daniel Whitford experienced on his syndicate venue recently. Not only did he land some stunning 30-pounders, but he also ticked off a fish from his coveted wish list, the mighty Lesters at 42lb 6oz!
“The lake I have been fishing for the last couple of years has a really mixed bag of carp. It’s one and only stocking of fish was from two suppliers with completely different strains involved, 50% of the stock are deep bodied sparsely scaled ones and the other 50% are much scalier and longer. Often having straight if not dipped backs, with big sloped heads and over slung mouths, these were the ones I joined the lake to catch.
“I started off fishing the main body of the lake, a sort of interception zone between two large spits that stick out from opposing banks. I had a fairly successful first and second summer, just playing the numbers game and catching as many as I could hoping the ones I wanted would eventually come along. The start of the third season was a lot slower and having caught the big one in the winter just gone at over 51lb, I was really gunning for one of about 14 mirrors. I had saved the photos in my phone as a wish list and having paid attention to previous captures of those particular carp, they were definitely slightly rarer visitors to the bank.
“Along with the change of scenery, I adopted a new approach in the form of little solid bags filled with small Bloodworm pellets and Krill boilie crumb with a small dumbell wafter hookbait. I had noticed not only had the bites dried up in the central interception zones but in the other areas of the lake, the bites had also slowed right up to other members who were fishing similar tactics to me.
“On a Tuesday morning, I headed off down to the pit. I had two nights planned ahead of me and I got off to a flyer catching one on the new solid bag tactic from the new target area. On the second morning, I had a bite again on the right hand rod, this one turned out to be a rather nice one, a common I instantly recognised as one that had been out about 13 months previous to another member at 32lb. She looked quite a bit bigger this time and after a quick weigh we confirmed she was now 37lb 2oz and in prime autumn condition.
“Before we even took the first picture, the remaining rod busted off and I scrambled for that whilst the lake’s owner quickly zipped the fish up and lowered her into the margins. That one turned out to be a repeat capture of one of the most sought-after fish in the lake so after a very quick weigh (37lb) and literally four pictures later she was back in the water and swimming off. We then managed a few shots of the common before I slipped her back into the gin clear margins.
“My trip was coming to a close and I just couldn’t accept that! I am a greedy person when it comes to personal success and with the opportunity right in front of me, I had to stay another night. I got a little bit of stick from fellow members about being a time bandit, I laughed it off, only praying to be able to prove myself right more than anything and boy did it go to plan! I only ended up catching the one I most wanted from my wish list!
“I had already made plans for a friend to pop in for a tea that morning on his way past the venue and I had another good mate down the far end of the lake. So eventually, after a couple of brews and prepping the cameras I lifted my prize up onto the mat. She is a long straight backed linear with a big sloppy head, built like a torpedo. If I could design a carp, it would literally be what was laid in front of me! We weighed her up at 42lb 6oz, she was well up in weight and looking even better than she did in the pictures I had spent 2 and a half years starring at!”