Just when you think David Gaskin’s run of form can’t get any better he has two fifties and a mid-forty in a session.
The unstoppable hauler has already had two fifties and three forties this year, on top of the four fifties he managed in 2016.
His latest visit to Wellington Country Park, where all the fish have come from, resulted in the capture of a 45lb 8oz ghostie, a 51lb common and a 50lb 6oz mirror. Commons of 32lb 4oz and 24lb were also thrown in for good measure!
David said: “I arrived at Wellington Country Park mid afternoon, which was a bit of a nuisance because it meant that the morning arrivals had filled the main swims, leaving me with a restricted choice of swims. I opted for the last main swim called the Grassy, which fished the end of the island where I had experienced success the previous session a few weeks back.”
Fishing single hookbaits in the island margin, it took just an hour for the 45lb 8oz ghostie to open David’s account.
“The next morning saw me move into the swim next door where I felt more confident because I could fish previously productive spots,” said David, who once again fished single hookbaits until a 24lb common picked up one of them and he decided to add a kilo of boilies to a couple of spots in the area.
David explained: “The theory being that the fish had the whole day to get confident on the spots.
“The plan couldn’t have worked better! Just before dark I put fresh rigs on the new spots and again it didn’t take long before one of my rods was in meltdown.
“As I ran to my rod, I performed a face-palm cross summersault, losing a trainer in the process! Stumbling about with one shoe and mud in my eye, I got control of the fish and instantly felt a much more powerful creature on the end.
“After a lengthy fight, a huge common rolled into the net and it turned out to be the Small-Tailed Common at 51lb – an infrequent visitor to the bank and a new fish for me, so I was over the moon.”
Having baited up again that morning, David rested the swim and had to wait until 2am the following morning for a 32lb 4oz common to show up.
“It was mild at this point, so I was confident of another bite before leaving in the morning. I repositioned the rod and was woken up at first light to the little ATTS in meltdown. It felt like an age to get the fish in because it seemed to hold its ground and just waddle in.
“I knew exactly what carp it was as it rolled over the net cord. It was the Linear, a fish that was at the very top of my wishlist. With a fish like this, size was irrelevant but at 50lb 6oz it certainly made the capture even more special.”
It’s hard to process David’s results on Welly over the last 18 months. The Berkshire syndicate water is a unique big-fish venue that doesn’t give up its big ones easily, but he has consistently taken it apart. An early contender for Carp Angler of the Year, no doubt.