A Shropshire venue has produced two different fifties in two days.
The big mirrors went on the feed at the Avenue, giving Chris Kirk a 92lb brace in 45 minutes and Graham Calverley the 55lb 4oz fish known as Black Scar.
Chris arrived on Sunday and initially set up in peg four, but awoke to a cold wind in his face and decided to move round to peg 12 where he had seen signs of fish.
He told carpfeed.com: “I just fished single hookbaits into open water where I’d seen the signs. At 6.10pm I had a fish called Moonscale at 42lb 8oz and then 45 minutes late the other rod went and it was Captain Scarlet at 50lb 4oz.
“It was unbelievable, I was in a daze and it’s only now sinking in.”
The 45-year-old from Lancashire is in his first season on the Avenue but has already banked 12 carp in nine visits.
A day earlier, Graham Calverley had caught Black Scar at 55lb 4oz. He told carpfeed.com he knew exactly when bite time would come and stretched his session accordingly. He said: “I was down for 36 hours from Saturday morning and I stayed as long as I could on Sunday because I knew bite time was generally between 4pm and 5pm – that’s when the fish were showing the previous afternoon.
“I think the bite came at 4.30pm and it was a one-toner. All the fish in there are pretty big but I didn’t expect it to be a fifty. I was fishing tight up against a bar at 75yds and I expected it to go over the bar, but luckily it kited along it.”
Harry Hales from RH Fisheries and Avenue regular Paul Viner joined the 27-year-old from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, as the fight progressed. Graham said: “As soon as the fish’s head popped up they said it looked a good forty, then one of them said it could even bigger.
“I knew as soon as it went in the net it was over 45lb.”
RIG AND BAIT
- Combi rig
- Hook: Size 8 Korda Kurv
- Hooklink: Korda Boom and Dark Matter braid
- Hookbait: DNA Baits Milky Malt pop-up
- Loosefeed: 2.5kg of DNA Baits S7 boilies, hemp, sweetcorn and tiger-nut extract
- Multi rig
- Hook: size 6
- Hooklink: PB Products Skinless
- Hookbait: Retro Baits Essential 5 pop-up fished as a single