Target Acquired

18th June 2018

I’m sure many of you will be familiar with Chris Yates and his tales from the fabled Redmire Pool. His capture of a certain 20lb plus mirror still stands as one of the most iconic moments in carp fishing history, he tricked his quarry just inches from his feet whilst up to his waist in water. How he was able to get so close to his catch was boiled down to the fact he had positioned a scarecrow in the lakes shallow waters prior to his session, allowing the carp to become accustomed to its presence.

At the time this was considered by many as mad, but Chris proved that there was indeed method in his madness. Even to this day getting so close to our quarry can be an extremely tricky task. One angler that who recently pulled this off was John Claridge, and he did so without the prior preparation of gaining the carps trust.

When we caught up with John this is what he revealed: “Whilst observing the margins from up a tree, I clocked my target fish, Wallace. The beast looked very catchable as it sifted through the silt and moved from one clear spot to another. With what I had seen I decided to hatch a plan to stalk her, as this was as good a chance as any. With no designated swim around, I waded a single rod and a net through the reeds and introduced some Manilla boilies from the tree.

As I waited for Wallace to descend onto my GLM coated baits I waited patiently and observed from above, where I could see a mid-twenty mirror and an upper-thirty common feeding confidently. Although there was a chance I could hook the common or the mirror, I couldn’t pass up this incredible opportunity. With Wallace confidently picking up baits, I descended from the tree and carefully waded my rig into position.

Like a heron stalking its prey, I stood in the shallow water with my rod in hand as I waited for my line to tighten. I didn’t have to wait long, just 10 minutes late the line whipped up tight and a fraught five-minute battle ensued. With the fish now wallowing on the surface I could see it was Wallace and without any further dramas, I netted my target.”

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