Two tuition bonus bites bring Gaz Fareham to cracking St. Johns carp.
Rob Beckett-Fully Deserved
21st June 2018
After acquiring a ticket to fish for two of the most stunning fully scaled mirrors, Rob Beckett set about putting a plan in place to tick them off his wanted list.
When he discussed his campaign with us this is what he revealed: “I joined the lake purely to chase a pair of fully scaled mirrors that were two of the best-looking carp I’d ever set eyes on! My efforts began at the start of spring but unfortunately, they were not to be rewarded. Once the temperatures began to rise I decided to pick an area that the carp frequented and kept it baited, the area in question was a very shallow and small plateau. At just 8ft in diameter, situated in 9ft of water and only 2ft deep on top, this was definitely a prominent feature.
Due to the lake being inhabited by some very big roach I had to scrap using 16mm baits and go straight in with the 20 millers, of which I’d introduce 2kg at a time. My first spot of action came on May 1st in the shape of a 30lb plus common. On that particular session I’d decided to fish in the deeper water off the side of the plateau due to a massive low-pressure front that had moved in.
My next visit saw a big change in the weather, it was significantly hotter, and the fish could be seen cruising around just under the surface. It was clear that I needed to be on-top of the plateau, but despite my best efforts the fish were totally uninterested. However, the following day was another story, the fish had dropped and began to feed. Around 4pm that afternoon I saw a fish roll right over the top of the plateau, and just 20-minutes later one of the rods was away! Amazingly the fish on the end was one they call the ‘Pretty Fully’, a very impressive fish and one of the two that I’d joined the lake to catch!
Over the next couple of weeks I kept plugging away and caught a number of fish to over 30lb, they were certainly liking my GLM and Liver Powder coated Krill boilies. With the fish clearly on the bait and visiting the plateau regularly I decided to bait up heavily prior to a 48-hour session, I introduced 5kg of 20mm baits. When I arrived for the session the conditions were perfect, and it couldn’t have looked better for a bite. The first night produced a low-thirty mirror just into the hours of darkness, but it was what came the following night that was really special.
At around 8pm that next night I received a rather odd drop back, and I first I thought I’d been done. Whilst reeling the rig back in, or as I thought I was doing, the rod suddenly hooped over, and I was in. Without a doubt the battle that followed was the hardest fight I have ever experienced, this fish was mental. Around 15 minutes before I netted the fish I caught my first glimpse of what I was connected to and I knew exactly which fish it was. Eventually I slipped the net under the final piece of the puzzle, the Upfront Fully at 40lb 3oz! It was the one I really wanted to catch and I felt honoured to hold such a special carp.”