Three thirties in weekend session

Ian Warner doubled his whole winter tally of carp in just 12 hours during an incredible session on a tough Midlands water.

The Kent rod, who had managed four fish from the venue since early October, banked three thirties and a twenty in a hectic weekend session.

Offering just a handful of baits around his rig, all the bites came to the same rod between 9pm on Friday night and 8am the following morning.

The 46-year-old telecoms engineer told Angling Times: “It was just one of those winter sessions where it all came together.”

He added: “I saw a small one showing on what we call the new side of the lake so I thought ‘that’s a start’, and as I was setting up I saw a mid-twenty stick its head out in the left-hand margin, so I put a rod on that.

“From about 6.30pm I was getting liners so savage that I struck into nothing on the left-hand rod a couple of times. And then, at about 9pm, the middle rod was away and it was a fish of 27lb 3oz.”

The same rod roared off at 11pm, producing a hard-fighting 32lb 4oz mirror, and yet again at 5am with a 36lb 6oz fish.

Ian continued: “My friend Tom came down at 7.30am and we were just chatting in my swim when the middle rod was away again – this time with a 38lb 8oz mirror which I gather is known as the DVD Fish.”

All the fish fell to Element boilies from Denham Baits, fished snowman style on an ACE Curve Shank with a Taska Line Aligner.