Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
Mark Litchfield Conquering Christchurch
20th September 2018
Not unfamiliar to the Linch Hill complex, Mark Litchfield catches his fair share of Christchurch carp. However, his latest visit stands well above the rest. The 52-year-old landed a total of 7 carp, of which 3 where over the magical 40lb mark!
When we spoke to Mark about his session, this is what he told us: “Upon my arrival to the lake at mid-day, I learnt that there hadn’t been a fish caught for four days. So, with my first fish netted by 8pm, I was delighted! The swim I was in went on to provide me with three more bites, one of which saw me land a huge common. Neither I or my friends recognised the fish and once weighed it was pronounced as a new 40-pounder for the lake, meaning that I was given the privilege of naming it. With my bankside nickname being ‘Litchy’ I settled on calling the fish Litchy’s Common.
With the bites having now dried up, I decided it was best to move swims. The fishing got off to a slow start in my second swim but what came my way was definitely worth the wait! In quick succession I landed a brace of 40’s, the first fish to go over the net cord was a mirror named Cracker. This fish is commonly caught between 37lb to 38lb, so when the needle spun round to 40lb 9oz I was amazed. In the midst of all the excitement I received the bite off the 2nd half of the brace, the result was the Baby Perch at 40lb 4oz.
With the session entering its closing stages I received my final bite. For the seventh time over the course of my trip my white 12mm Krill hookbaits had tricked yet another of these pressured carp, I’d fished them over a spread of 4mm Krill pellets and 12mm Manilla boilies soaked in the matching Cloudy Manilla Liquid.”