Three thirties in bank-holiday Bluebell Lakes haul

Three thirties in bank-holiday Bluebell Lakes haul

Bank-holiday sessions on popular day-ticket waters are normally associated with crowds of anglers rather than hauls of fish, but one trio at Bluebell Lakes made it look easy.

With help from his 10-year-old son George and mate Chris Pemberton, Nigel Ramsbottom racked up an incredible 61 carp from Mallard Lake at the Northamptonshire complex.

Three of the fish weighed over 30lb, including a 39lb common, while 17 more went over the 20lb mark. A total of 41 doubles made up the rest of the impressive tally.

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The biggest of 61 carp was this 39lb common

The biggest of 61 carp was this 39lb common

Nigel, from Heywood in Greater Manchester, told Carpfeed: “I arrived at the lake at 4pm. After an hour of watching the lake it was clear that the fish were at one corner, which was not where I wanted as we had planned a social and had a few pegs in mind.

“But after setting up and putting in 15 Spombs of particle and corn I had a 27lb common within two hours – game on!

“After having six more twenties and four doubles in the first 24 hours I was in to another. After a 15-minute battle a 39lb common hits the net. It was a recapture but was welcome!”

The 39lb common is part of an impressive stock at Mallard

The 39lb common is part of an impressive stock at Mallard

Nigel continued to bait up with five Spombs of bait after every fish and they kept coming before his two helpers arrived.

A lovely moment for Nigel and son George

A lovely moment for Nigel and son George

“At Friday teatime back up arrived – my son and Chris making take times a lot easier! With me casting and my son bringing them in the fun began and we landed 61 carp between us.”

Action was hectic at times

Action was hectic at times

Nigel fished at 29 wraps (116yds) in front of a weed bed and fed particles and chopped boilies as freebies. He presented test pop-ups from Burton Bait Rollers topped with fake corn on Ronnie rigs.

Chris got in the act too with this 30lb 8oz common

Chris got in the act too with this 30lb 8oz common