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First Yateley carp is Pads Lake 40

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First Yateley carp is Pads Lake 40

A social session with friends brought James Hutton his first Yateley carp – all 43lb 8oz of it.

Having booked out the Pads Lake with pals for three nights, James settled into his session more in hope than expectation.

He said: “When we arrived I spoke to some anglers who had fished before us, and between six of them they had fished two nights for just one fish.

 43lb 8oz of Yateley Pads Lake mirror

43lb 8oz of Yateley Pads Lake mirror

“They informed me that oxygen levels were a bit low and found the fish to not be behaving particularly actively. As you can imagine, it didn't fill me or the rest of the part with much confidence!”

After a draw for swims, James opted to fish in peg two, which offers a tree-lined margin and some open water.

 The other side of the fish, with its large single scale

The other side of the fish, with its large single scale

He said: “After leading about, I identified the tree area to be a little shallow and so plonked the lead a few rod lengths out from it, where I found a nice drop off.

“There was gravel which then slowly moved to smooth silt – perfect for a hookbait and a few Spombs.”

After two of James’s party bagged fish on the first night, the group’s confidence levels rose.

 A special moment for James

A special moment for James

“With the pressure dropping slowly, things were starting to look really good and after 24 hours, at 10.30am, one of my bobbins picked up and I latched into a powerful specimen,” said James. 

“After a heavy, dogged battle, I slipped the net under a huge-bodied mirror with a pronounced single scale.

“We excitedly hoisted the brute onto the scales and the needle pulled round to 43lb 8oz. I couldn't believe it, my first Yateley carp and a new pb!”

RIG AND BAIT

  • German rig
  • Hookbait: CC Moore Live System wafter
  • Loosefeed: A couple of Spombs of maggots, 10mm Live System and Roasted Nut Extract over each rod
  • Hook: Size 6 Gardner Mugga
  • Hooklink: Gardner Trip Link
 Back she goes

Back she goes