My friend and I recently decided to target an intimate pond that contains a good head of scaly carp. Choked with weed and surrounded by overhanging trees, the venue is carp fishing paradise and a tough nut to crack at times.
Arriving at the venue for a quick overnight session, I had a quick lead around with the new Avid Carp Marker Float Kit. After a couple of casts, I found a lovely clear area in the middle of the pond that was perfect for presenting a hookbait. I popped the float up so that I could see it and used a bait boat to drop my hookbait and freebies into position. I opted for a Sonubaits Refresha pop-up on a simple knotless knot rig and introduced a mix of groundbait consisting of Sonuabaits Chocolate Fish, Hemp ‘N’ Maples Peas and Tiger Fish liquid. With one rod in open water, I flicked my second rod tight to some reeds on the far-bank margin.
When targeting tricky carp, try something a little bit different. When was the last time you saw a carp angler using balls of groundbait?
As darkness fell, I noticed a bit of fizzing over my bait positioned close to the reeds. Just as the sun dipped behind the distant treeline, my right-hand rod screamed into life and I promptly landed a pretty 5lb mirror. After a couple of trophy shots, I slipped the fish back and got the rod back on the spot.
At 3am the following morning, my left-hand alarm sounded and line tore from my reel as an angry carp made a bid for freedom. The fish headed straight for some snags but, after applying some pressure, I managed to turn it and continue the battle in open water. After a frantic battle I eventually landed a stunning common carp that weighed 17lb 5oz. With the fish returned, I got the rod back on the spot and tried to get a few hours sleep.
This pristine common couldn't resists Leonardo's groundbait approach.
Three hours later, my sleep was interrupted by another blistering take on the open-water rod. After a decent scarp, I slid the net under a beautiful 13lb 5oz common. I spent the rest of the morning sleeping because of the hectic night and left the lake during the afternoon a very happy man.
The biggest fish of the session weighed 17lb 5oz.
My terminal tackle included Flat Clips, 2.5oz Flat Swivel Leads, Korum S5 Hooks and Captive Braided Hooklink.