Gold Valley, Aldershot, 21st January 2012
We started our session at 9:15am and would fish through until 3pm and weigh any fish in the landing net to get an approximate weight for the day.
Marukyu EFG131 groundbait along with a pinch of krilled maggots, casters and a couple of pieces of corn. I then settled down on the bomb and pellet towards the central rope and would recast was aiming to recast every 20 minutes. The pole line would be topped up every hour, the aim was to go on the pole line towards lunchtime if no carp had appeared.
Mark's first cast, to further fine tune his line clip was to the rope and didn't have any bait on the hook at all. Much to his surprise as the bomb hit the water a fish was on... he landed a beautiful 1.5lb Perch which was hooked perfectly in the mouth...
Meanwhile, my first fish on the bomb/pellet was a skimmer of around 1lb.
The action was quite slow and Mark soon increased his lead landing a lovely 5.5lb common carp. After 2 hours switching between the bomb and method I decided to give the pole line a try which was the right decision. Initially using krilled maggots as bait I netted a few nice roach, rudd and a roach/bream hybrid, then the bream turned up, the best of the day being a 3.5lb dark bream that had it's spawning nodules showing.
Mark had landed another couple of carp, but the action wasn't frantic.
So with an hour to I was a couple of pounds ahead of Mark and then he landed another carp taking him to 21lb in total for the day. My weight counter was showing 16lb so if I could winkle out 3 more 2lb bream from my swim I would snatch victory. The light conditions where very testing and it was very difficult to see the pole float and I managed only 2 more fish...
Mark had taken a well earned victory with 21lb, I finished with approx 19lb.
In winter time, don't forget the silvers! Mark had 4 carp, 1 large Perch and a couple of skimmers. My entire net was made up of skimmers, bream and other silvers and it was a close finish.
More catch pictures below.
|1.5lb Perch caught without any bait on the hook!|
|Carp number 1 for Mark, the smile is because he is ahead in weight at this stage|
|My best Bream on the pole, 3.5lb, nice dark coloration|
|Carp Number 3, he is back in the lead!|
|The Robin was very cheeky, even sitting on my bait tray grabbing maggots.|