Two bites little more than an hour apart resulted in a superb 102lb brace of British carp for Greg Richardson.
The 53-year-old, who generally keeps his catches quiet, enjoyed a burst of pre-dawn action at Wellington Country Park.
He first banked a sparsely scaled mirror weighing 44lb 2oz, followed shortly afterwards by one of the Berkshire venue’s largest residents, a fish known as Scruffy Bob at bang on 58lb.
Both bites came from an area roughly 85yds from the bank, and fell to wafter hookbaits fished with just tiny mesh bags of boilie crumb as loosefeed.
Greg, from Banbury, said: “I walked round all day and didn’t see much, just a few subtle signs, so I set up in an area where I thought the fish were hanging around and cast out at 5pm.
“It was an area that I’d caught from on the previous session and by walking 20yds or so up the bank you can see maybe 70 per cent of the lake, so it’s a good spot for keeping an eye out for fish showing too.
“I got firm drops on both rods, so left them in place. If I can get three rods out with just three casts, I’m a happy man. Thrashing the water to foam with a marker rod just isn’t my thing.”
Greg’s first bite came at around 4am, and the second just before first light at 5.15am.
“Both fish obviously felt very heavy as soon as I lifted into them, but with Scruffy Bob it really did feel exceptionally heavy and once the fish neared the net it looked bloody massive!”
The bigger of the two fish is Greg’s tenth UK carp over 50lb, and his third fish over 58lb from the venue in the past four years. But it’s not just the lake’s incredible stock of big fish that keeps him coming back each season.
“Welly is a far cry from the busy circuit waters. It’s such a lovely place to fish, and just to spend time for that matter,” he added.
Rig and bait
Hookbait: Mainline Hybrid wafter
Hooklink: Gardner Ultra Skin
Hook: Size 5 Gardner Covert Dark Chod Hook
Leader: 18ins of Korda tubing
Mainline: 12lb Gardner GT80+