Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
No Fooling Me
15th April 2019
April Fool’s Day provides Mark Cavaciuti with a forty and brace of thirties from Grenville’s
Cambridgeshire is home to some of the UK’s best carp waters, with everything from small, intimate pools to vast inland seas, it seems the county has it all. Of all the fisheries contained within its limits, you would be hard pushed to find somewhere with as many big carp in Cambridgeshire as the mighty Grenville’s Lake.
Sticky consultant and fireman by trade, Mark Cavaciuti, is no stranger to the huge syndicate venue and has enjoyed some fantastic success on its vast expanse. It is no wonder then, that on the 35-year-old’s latest session, he slipped his net under not only a 43lb 10oz mirror, but also a brace of thirties, backed up by an upper-twenty.
Reflecting on his tremendous session, Mark told Sticky: “I arrived at dawn and was surprised to find the lake very quiet, with only one other angler on. I set about, bucket in hand, to try and locate some fish. With ridiculously high air pressure and brilliant sunshine I expected it to be tough and so headed towards shallower ground to scan the area. I sat and watched but saw nothing, however in the distance I thought I could see some head pokes on the other side of the 70 acre lake.
“With the first lap nearly completed, I arrived in swim 33 to witness a massive display of fish showing. I sat and watched them, to see if they were on the move or on a hatch but they stayed tightly grouped up and continued to show. The area wasn’t ideal, 20+ feet deep and with a no zig rule to contend with, I thought it would be difficult but with that many fish showing, I was confident.
“I immediately readied a single rod and in the ripples of a show at roughly 120 yards, I deployed a single Signature pop-up. I setup the second and third but I didn’t cast them out, I just sat back and waited, fully expecting a quick bite. I didn’t have to wait long, as 15 or so minutes later the rod was away resulting in a pretty 26lb mirror. With it safely secured I stood with my other rod and repeated the process. The first cast wasn’t ideal, and I slightly shanked it, but I left it in place as the range was right. This enabled me to put out another rod and this time the lead landed right within the rings of a showing fish. I was straightening and sinking the line when it tightened up, resulting in a finger burn as busted off out of my fingers. A long-range slow fight resulted in a 33lb 8oz mirror.
“The swim settled after that fish and I had a lead about in the area where I located a clay spot at 132 yards. I spodded out a smelly mix of Krill; a mixture of crumb, chopped and whole baits coated in Pure Krill Liquid. I continued to use pink Signature pop-ups on hinge rigs and I managed two further bites in the shape of a 43lb 10oz mirror and a 32lb 15oz common.”