11th June 2021

Sam Verstreken tops a two-night session with a rake of fish, including two forties!

Belgium is renowned for its spectacular carp fishing and with access still currently either impossible or very difficult for UK anglers, it’s up to the local anglers to show off what the region has to offer. Sam Verstreken is no stranger to the big carp scene in Belgium and typically had a great trip recently, that saw him land five-fish in a couple of nights, including two lovely 40lb mirrors!

These Fluoro hookbaits really stand-out and offer a perfect blend of both instant and prolonged attraction thanks to a unique blend of liquid flavours and powdered fruit palatants.

Sam revealed:

“A few weeks ago, I returned to a lovely Belgian pit for a two-night session and with the weather finally looking a bit better, confidence was high. Upon arrival there were a couple of other anglers about, so I started looking for some fish on the back of the wind where it was a bit calmer. It didn’t take long before I saw a fish jump, followed by another one not long after.

“Without hesitation I positioned a rod where the fish showed, baited with a Mulbz pop-up. After doing this, I quietly started unpacking but this was brutally interrupted by an absolute screamer of a run. After a short but strong fight I was able to put my net under a lovely 27lb 12oz mirror. What a nice way to start the session!

“After the instant success, I recast my rod to the same spot with the minimum of disturbance in the hope I didn’t scare off the other fish in the area. To try and entice them into feeding, I baited lightly with a mix of Krill Active and Manilla boilies, with a few Bloodworm Pellets. During the night that followed, I had another run on the same rod and it rapidly became clear that it was a better fish. The fight progressed slowly and once in the net, my initial feeling turned out to be correct and I was rewarded with a lovely 45lb 13oz mirror. With this fish the session was already made, I was absolutely over the moon. Little did I know that things would only get better!

“Just before first light, I had another take and again I could tell it wasn’t a small one. This fight was a lot more demanding; I was forced to stop the fish several times so it could not reach some snags close in. Once in the net I couldn’t believe my luck, it looked like another forty-pounder. The scales brought confirmation and I was rewarded with another lovely 44lb 12oz mirror. What a result! The day after everything stayed quiet but during the second night, I was able to catch another 35lb 1oz mirror and a 22lb common. I went home a very happy man, lovely times!”