One of the region’s most popular day-ticket waters has produced what is believed to be its biggest-ever pleasure weight with a staggering 435lb of carp being caught in just six hours.
Simon Foster admitted that ‘the best bagging session of his life’ not only saw him hook a fish almost every 30 seconds, but also left him suffering an injury to his arm caused by the sheer ferocity of the action.
The Manchester-based angler was bruised and battered by Makins Fishery’s resident carp as he more than doubled his biggest-ever weight of carp during a practice session on Phase One of the complex in Nuneaton, Warks.
A seemingly endless stream of carp to 18lb was caught by the matchman as he expertly polefished a double corn hookbait down the margins in front of a huge crowd that had gathered behind peg 6 on Lake 2.
Many anglers would think you would need to pile the bait in to make a huge weight like this, but the reality was that Simon simply trickled a small pole pot of pellets and corn over his float every put-in to keep the bites coming.
“I was catching so many fish and there was so much pressure on my forearm when landing them that the bottom of the second section took the skin off my forearm and I’m now left with a scab and a big bruise. It was truly unbelievable fishing,” Simon told Angling Times.
“There was an inlet pipe trickling water into the peg next door. I fished at 11m up against this and the carp were practically crawling up the bank with their backs and tails breaking the surface as they searched for my bait.
“I hardly had time to tip the bait out of my pot because the bites were coming that quick. I’ve fished at all the big-weight waters across the country but I’ve never had a day’s pleasure fishing like this anywhere, and I probably never will again,” he added.
Simon admitted that the size and ferocity of the carp he was catching almost stretched his red Daiwa Hydrolastic to the limit, but his line was broken only once, after which he stepped up his rig to incorporate a 0.18mm Prestons mainline and a size 14 GURU hook.
Peter Woolley has bailiffed the water on and off since it was first built almost 20 years ago, and it’s the biggest pleasure catch he’s ever weighed and witnessed.
“I’ve seen some of the best anglers in the country take big weights during my time here, but this massive haul was in a league of its own and had to be seen to be believed,” said Peter.
“This is without doubt one of the best lakes in the country, and although not everyone is capable of such a huge weight, the average day-ticket angler can still easily catch over 200lb of fish in a day.”