‘I haven’t fished on the bottom for carp in over six years’. These are the words of surface-fishing fanatic Richard Earl who took a tricky day-ticket fishery apart with a mind-blowing haul that featured carp weighing 40lb 2oz, 32lb and 20lb 4oz.
It was the first time that the Bristol-based specialist had even set eyes on the popular Strawberry Fields Fishery in Kent, but this didn’t stop him smashing his pb by over 4lb on the simplest of set-ups.
Richard stalked the lake with a pair of binoculars and fed sparingly with dog biscuits until he managed to coax some of the venue’s biggest fish into a feeding frenzy. He waited 45 minutes to make his first cast with two freelined hair-rigged dog biscuits, and his patience soon paid off.
“I can’t just sit behind bite alarms because it bores me, so I concentrate all my efforts on surface fishing ¬ it’s selective and a much more rewarding method of catching really big carp,” said Richard.
He then described the moment the biggest of his haul took the bait. “I saw the fish’s huge back come out of the water when it took the mixer, but it was only when the owner Len looked into the landing net and told me which carp it was that it dawned on me I’d broken 40lb.” After the accounts manager slipped his new best back into the venue, located near Tunbridge Wells, it took him another hour of feeding to regain the carp’s confidence, after which he went on to land four more big fish.
Richard tempted all his carp on two freelined Chum mixers presented on a size 12 hook tied straight through to 12lb line. He fed his way through 6kg of dog biscuits.