“Following the recent heatwave a couple of my syndicates had shut for spawning so I was undecided where to go, as I had a couple of nights at my disposal and didn’t want to travel too far. In the end, I decided to drop onto Fosters of Birmingham Farm Syndicate. On my arrival I was pleased to see the lake was empty – which is always a bonus.
The fish were sunbathing at both ends of the lake, so instead of disturbing them and dropping on top of them – as they usually do a vanishing act and don’t return – I decided to set up in the middle of the lake and let them come to me. Now most of the takes I have had on the lake are usually after 24 hours to 48 hours even though I do everything as quietly as possible – setting up well away from the swim – they still know I am there.
So just on dusk only a few hours after arriving, I was more than surprised to hear my Delkim go into meltdown and I was soon trying to stop the fish heading into Tamworth town centre! After a proper battle, which lasted over 10 minutes, I eventually netted the fish and I could see it was a good carp, but didn’t realise how big until I tried to lift the fish out of the water.
On the scales it went 32lb 14oz! I was over the moon, as I thought I was going to struggle on this session due to the heat. So with the pressure off I could now relax.
The following day was slightly cooler, overcast with a slight breeze, so I was hoping the fish would play ball, as all my takes prior to this session have come from dawn to dusk. Even though I hadn’t seen any fish show anywhere near my baited spots I still felt confident.
Just after dinner time my alarm gave a couple of bleeps before giving me a one-toner! Another tense battle followed, before I finally managed to slide the fish over the draw cord. I thought it was the lake’s big common ‘Porky’ at first, but was still unsure, so I left the net in the margins while I went to sort out the weighing gear and set my camera for self takes.
After a short while everything was sorted, and the fish was recovering in the deep margins in my net. Just as I was about to lift the fish out of the water my other rod ripped off! This fish was doing a lot of thrashing, twisting and turning, so I knew it was one of the smaller residents. It was a good job I had two nets set up or I could have been in trouble. This battle didn’t last as long, and there was soon another carp resting in the bottom of the net.
So out with the first fish, and this one weighed 27lb 2oz. Not a fish I recognised, and probably one that has not been out for a couple of years or so. After a few self takes the common was returned so I could deal with the other fish. This one weighed 16lb 14oz so three fish in less than 24 hours. I was delighted!
For the next 24 hours nothing happened, as the weather got to silly temperatures. I pulled off the lake early as I was already suffering from sun burn.
All the fish were caught on Mainline Cell pop-ups fished on long-running Chod Rigs utilising ESP components fished over just 10 broken Cell freebies per rod.”