|I've rotated the image through 90 degrees - a rather striking little chap in my view.|
I got a photo, just as part of the process, before returning the fish and getting my rods set up for the coming night. My bait being curried chick peas fished over a bed of hemp and liquidised sweetcorn.
I had five bites, landing three fish (two hook pulls as I struggled to extricate fish from the reeds - one of the benefits of the barbless hook rule at the venue) - best one weighing a satisfying 13 lbs 10 oz
A phone call from Benno, at 07.00 hrs, was rather strange - "What's up?" "You'd better ring Luke - he's had a thirty!" He then told me the details surrounding the capture. I was made up and quickly rang Luke; it was like having a conversation with a drugged up rock star! It was obvious that he was absolutely blown away; he hadn't slept and, best of all, it came from a swim that the fishery bailiff had told him was the worst on the fishery! Well - that made it even sweeter! It turns out that it was a Common and he'd backed it up with a fully scaled Mirror of 18 lbs - fantastic stuff and I'll try to post an image if I get one?
I have to end this effort with a "Tackle Review" - something I used to get asked to do, very occasionally, when I was fishing at Wilstone. I'm not getting paid, I'm not on commission and I have much the same opinion of Dragon Carp as the majority of anglers. However, when all said and done, I cannot find fault with my "Ultimate Redmire" bite alarms. Under no circumstances would I trust them in the damp, but they are an unbelievable product. Far more sensitive than my Optonics and my Steve Neville - they will do anyone, who is a fair weather angler, a great service. There's nothing complicated - on/off and volume controls alongside latching LED's and power indicator lights. They were on sale in Ramsgate - 3 for £5 - if they are still there I strongly recommend you go get some - if only as an emergency back up for your usual alarms. At £1.66 each - how can you loose?