Anglers at Wyreside Lakes Fishery in Lancashire have enjoyed a record week, with 52 carp caught for an overall weight of 1,065lb – more than five times the venue average for the time of the year.
Three thirties, 26 twenties and 23 upper doubles were caught from the fishery’s lakes. Among the haul was the venue’s biggest resident, Paw Print, which was banked by Mark Barton at 38lb 8oz from the 18-acre Wyre Lake.
The Lancaster-based electrician has spent six years chasing the impressive specimen, and it was the last carp he was expecting to catch during March. “As far as I’m aware, this is the earliest this fish has ever been caught. It generally only comes out once or twice a year and can be caught from any swim, so it’s hard to track down.”
Mark lured his new pb from a sandy spot under an island overhang at 130yds, over which he offered a single 20mm Nash Bait Scopex Squid bottom bait.
“I had one bleep and the bobbin pulled up, so I lifted into it,” said the 32-year-old. “The fight was uneventful and it wasn’t until the scales registered 38lb 8oz that I realised which fish I’d caught.”
Fishery owner Bob Birkin believes the cold snap earlier in the year could have played a part in giving anglers a bumper week. “All the carp have been up in weight, so they’ve obviously been feeding well during the winter.
“I think having the lake freeze over in January actually helped, as it kept the cold winds from hitting the water and the fish continued to feed under the ice. Hopefully, it’s a sign of even better things to come,” he said.