Specimen - Johnsons Lake, 1st July 2019
|My new PB Crucian Carp at 3lb 4oz|
The first challenge I wanted was to target large tench and large Crucian Carp. I'm into my second year as a member of Godalming Angling Society and they are blessed with Enton Lake at Milford, a former trout fishery that they purchased in 1984/5.
The lake was renamed Johnson's Enton Lake in honour of the fishery management secretary at the time, Alf Johnson, who was the driving force behind buying this water.
Alf died in 2001 and the lake was renamed as simply Johnson's Lake in his honour. His ashes are scattered there beneath a willow tree planted by his family.
Johnsons Lake is where the current British record Crucian Carp lives, banked in 2015 at 4lb 10oz. What a better place to start? So this is how the session went...
Peg 28 on Johnsons Lake, arrived on the 30th June and set-up "camp" for the evening, ensuring everything was to hand and putting my weigh sling and fish mats in an open area.
Set-up a carp net, just in case and my large 24" landing net.
Two rods with 1 3/4lb test curve, 8lb main line both tied to a helicopter rig and 5lb hook length, size 16 hook.
Hookbaits were pop up corn, buoyant maggots and buoyant caster all of which would be hair rigged. I was using a simple green fishmeal groundbait with some soaked micro pellets.
I also had a hybrid feeder ready to set-up in case the fish weren't having the helicopter rig.
I decided to fish the right rod at 40 metres straight ahead and clipped up using my measuring sticks. The left rod was not clipped up and I decided to use this one to cast around the swim on the left as I was only fishing for one fish at a time.
The left rod started with hair rigged maggots and the right hand rod with hair rigged corn.
I would recast the rods at around the 15 minute mark. The session started at 6:30pm however the first fish didn't set the bite alarms off until 10pm, it was a small 4lb 8oz Tench on the right hand rod.
The next fish also took a liking to the hair rigged casters that I'd changed from the fluro maggots however this was a lot larger and felt very carp like... I could feel the head thump like a carp and it was a head shake that broke the hook length as I was bringing the fish in.
The right hand rod went off just after that with the worlds smallest carp. I changed the sweetcorn out for two hair rigged casters also.
No more fish that evening so I brought the rods in around midnight and settled down to a night by the lakeside with the alarm set for 4:20am to coincide with dawn.
The next day I woke up at 4am put the kettle on and recast the rods, again 15 minute casts, both rigs had the double caster in a T shape on the hair.
The first fish of the morning was a 3lb 12oz tench however 45 minutes later I was to experience a double hook up and also land a new PB tench.
At 5:30am, two fish arrived, one straight after the other a 5lb 4oz tench followed by a 6lb 14oz one and new PB.
|Brace of tench, 5lb 4oz and 6lb 14oz|
|3lb 1oz Crucian|
What a session, seventeen fish and two personal bests!
- 2 x crucian's over 3lb
- 5 x crucian's over 2lb
- 1 x Crucian over 1lb
- 8 x Tench over 3lb
- 1 x mini Carp!
|Hair rigged Fluoro Maggots|
|Hair rigged buoyant corn|
|Hair rigged buoyant caster in a T shape... this was the killer bait!|
A seventeen fish haul breaking my personal best Crucian Carp XX times that now stands at 3lb 4oz
|New PB Crucian Carp, 3lb 4oz|
|New PB Tench, 6lb 14oz|
Pictures of the other fish caught... not in any particular order.
|3lb 12oz Tench|
|2lb 6oz Crucian|
|The smallest carp in the lake!|
|4lb 2oz Tench|
|3lb 8oz Tench|
|2lb 12oz Crucian|
|4lb 1oz Tench|
|2lb 10oz Crucian|
|4lb 11oz Tench|
|2lb 11oz Crucian|
|1lb 12oz Crucian|
|2lb 6oz Crucian (same fish above)|
|2lb 10oz Crucian (same fish above)|