Brasenose lakes produce 566 carp in a weekend

A 48-hour match at Linear Fisheries began with two competitors receiving bites within 15 seconds and saw three pairs break the previous venue competition record.

By the time the two British Carp Angling Championship semi-finals on Brasenose One and Two had ended, 566 carp weighing a total of 11,217lb had been caught.

In all, 27 pairs toughed it out in the heat and eight qualified for the final. The match was fished in sections rather than overall weight, but Wayne Mansford and Ryan Need blitzed the field with 100 fish for 2,135lb 15oz.

Reigning champions Kev Hewitt and Mark Bartlett, fishing diagonally opposite Wayne and Ryan on B1, also qualified with 66 fish for 1,415lb 6oz.

 A brace of 30s for Kev Hewitt (L) and Mark Bartlett

A brace of 30s for Kev Hewitt (L) and Mark Bartlett

A third pair on the same lake, Jack Meyer and Lewis Swift, also broke the 1,000lb mark with 57 fish for 1,114lb 7oz.

The biggest haul on neighbouring Brasenose Two fell to Sean Dulson and Lee Simms who caught 40 fish for 762lb.

Most of the fish fell to zig and surface tactics during the day, but plenty were caught off the bottom at night.

In figures

B1

  • Anglers: 30
  • Total fish caught: 365
  • Total weight: 7,442lb
  • Average weight of each fish: 20lb-plus

B2

  • Anglers: 24 anglers
  • Total fish caught: 201
  • Total weight: 3,775lb
  • Average weight of each fish: 18lb-plus

UK carp-match record: 3,132lb 11oz (277 fish) by Harry Charrington and Alexei Bygrave at Drayton Reservoir (2014)

Event organiser Dave Barlow told Carpfeed: “Two of the pairs – Wayne Mansford and Ryan Need, and Kev Hewitt and Mark Bartlett – had bites within 15 seconds of the hooter and it pretty much continued like that over the weekend.

“There was one point where in an hour and a half where Wayne and Ryan had 14 fish to be weighed.”

Dave added: “As usual on B1, the pairs that did well put the bait in. It’s all about work, work, work.

“What sets apart the top pairs is workrate and accuracy. They’re constantly putting out a sloppy spod mix, the contents of which they can be quite secretive about.

“It’s also about knowing what to do and when to do it. Ryan and Wayne got their first-choice swim and knew the fish would be there.”

Wayne told Carpfeed: “It was an incredible weekend by anyone’s standards. Last year we set a Linear match record of 1,089lb and three of us went over that weight this weekend.”

Wayne and Ryan didn’t eat from Friday evening until the end of the match, and only fished with two or three rods between them for much of the event.

 The B1 qualifiers. L-R: Phil Higgins and Phil Bury; Kev Grout and Luke Church; Jack Meyer and Lewis Swift; Wayne Mansford and Ryan Need, Mark Bartlett and Kev Hewitt

The B1 qualifiers. L-R: Phil Higgins and Phil Bury; Kev Grout and Luke Church; Jack Meyer and Lewis Swift; Wayne Mansford and Ryan Need, Mark Bartlett and Kev Hewitt

“We got into a routine and it felt like we could flick a switch and fish hard when we wanted to," said Wayne. "When we Spombed the action would come. After five or six Spombs it was just relentless again.

“We set ourselves a target of 2,000lb and when we got to 100 fish we stopped fishing.”

Kev Hewitt told Carpfeed: “We had to work at it, but everything we turned to did bring results.

“As soon as we stopped feeding, the fish backed off, and that’s the difference between catching over 1,000lb or catching five or 10 fish.”

 Another pair of fish for Mark and Kev

Another pair of fish for Mark and Kev

Kev said he and Mark got about three hours’ sleep during the event and, once confident of qualification, switched solely to floater fishing.

The other qualifying pairs were Jack Funnel and Steve Blow; Karl Palmer and Darren Wilcox; Josh and Martin Bennett; Kev Grout and Luck Church, and Phil Higgins and Phil Bury.