A tutorial session on Chad Lakes provided Martyn Harvey with his first-ever British thirty, followed quickly by his second.
The Wiltshire rod booked a five-night session on Home Pool at the Oxfordshire venue and landed a 32lb 10oz common and a 35lb 8oz mirror, alongside a number of other fish. Not to be outdone, Martyn’s tutor for the week, Hinders of Swindon boss Bryan Jarrett, caught The Red Fish at 41lb.
“I just love tutorials,” said Bryan, “I love seeing people catch the fish they dream of catching. I think this is Martyn’s eighth tutorial with me and he’s a pleasure to fish with. He was desperate to catch a British thirty, and he ended up with two!”
“We went down on the Sunday afternoon and fished through to Friday, but it was bloody hard work! The lake is very small, probably about 1.5 acres and 2ft to 3ft deep, so you are scared to move, let alone cast a rig!
“When we arrived, Martyn saw a big orange koi in the water and said it was the one he wanted to catch. And after having nothing the first night, he had that one at 10am the next morning, which was great. Then the following morning he had the 32lb 10oz common and he was just ecstatic.”
Martyn’s new pb didn’t last long, as an evening bite later in the week produced a fish known as Two Tone at 35lb 8oz. “He’s still on Cloud Nine about it,” said Bryan, “It’s great to see such a nice bloke catch the fish he deserves.”
He added: “I fluked out a 41lb mirror, which fought like a lunatic in the shallow water, and it was a great session.”
The pair baited with tiger nuts, hemp, Carp Krunch particles and Little Gemz pellets, plus Mainline Hybrid and Hinders Snailz boilies. Hookbaits were presented on Korda and Fox rig bits.