“I had a walk around and found a group of perhaps 12 fish cruising the margins. I marked the swim with a friend’s water bottle and headed back to the van for my trusty 9ft rods. I was soon back in the swim and had two rigs in position.
“I didn’t have to wait long for some action. Thirty minutes later the clutch on my Daiwa SS2600 was singing a merry tune. The fight was epic; the fish must have taken 70 yards of line on its first run. During the fight, a few mates gathered behind me for moral support, which was nice. Fifteen minutes later I was looking down at a lovely deep chestnut-coloured common. What a lovely carp to catch on such light tackle!
“I used chod rigs combined with Mainline’s Hybrid boilie and was in action again a short while after, banking another clean common.”