Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
They say “Luck comes in Three’s”
29th August 2019
Ben Wales topped a three fish catch from a super low stock Lincolnshire gravel pit with a new PB and lake record!
They say luck comes in three’s and Ben Wales would certainly agree with that after the session he had in early August. Of course, some great angling skill was also involved in the capture of one of Lincolnshire’s finest carp.
After landing a new PB common of 46lb 10oz, he went on to catch an upper-twenty mirror and a low-thirty mirror, which has the fitting name of “Lucky”. With only 17 carp present in the lake, one fish a trip is very good going, let alone three in 40 hours!
Ben has been religiously baiting with our “Krill Active” test bait that will be released next year alongside a few other new products. Over his bait, he fished hardened Krill Active 20mm bottom baits topped off with Signature pop-ups.
Ben told us:
“I guess the session started with an overnighter on the Tuesday which was grueling; setting up for 9pm and then packing up at 5:30am. However, on leaving I introduced 5kg of Krill Active boilies ready for the session coming up on the Friday!
“Upon returning on the Friday evening after work, the forecast was for perfect conditions, so my confidence was high for a bite. On Saturday morning, whilst discovering the fact I’d forgotten my stove and brew kit, one of the rods pulled up tight, letting out just a few bleeps. But unfortunately, I couldn’t get the fish moving at all through the thick weed, so I hopped in my toy boat and pulled myself out towards the fish. With the wind on my back I was soon over the fish which to my surprise immediately came free, but the wind continued to push me up the lake, way up the lake in fact!
“By now the fish was on the surface towing me around as it pleased but that made it easy to identify; I’d hooked the big Common! I’m sure you can imagine; my heart was trying to escape my chest like the common was my hook! The next few minutes were very tense and boy it was such a relief to finally scoop the colossal creature into the net.
“The only problem now was rowing back to my swim against the strong wind and a rather long carp acting like a drogue. Eventually, severely out of breath, sweating buckets and my muscles burning intensely, I’d somehow made it back to my swim. Once I’d sorted myself out and gained some composure, I lifted her up on the scales and recorded a weight of 46lb 10oz, a new lake record and a new UK personal best in the process.
“Later that afternoon I had a 29lb 12oz mirror called Little Scaly and the following morning a stunning mirror of 31lb 7oz called “Lucky” that, dare I say it, is reminiscent of the Black Mirror!”