As I went out on my first session of the year I never would have imagines that my net would be graced by a fish of this caliber especially so early in the season. The fish were just starting to get on the feed after the cold winter months which left me guessing how the fishing would be. Catching numbers of fish on a session is fun but my approach is to target one fish and one fish only and that’s a 30lb+ rather than catching numerous small fish and hoping one may go 30lb. My real enjoyment in carp fishing is chasing big fish, however it does come with at a cost. There have been plenty of times when I have blanked on a session but as I have said before learning from that and changing your tactics will only benefit you in the long run.

Boilies and PVA bags would be my tactics

Boilies and PVA bags would be my tactics

This session was perfect in my books landing a huge fish that was surely the best fight out of any I have ever had. I was fishing at range about 120 to 130 yards when my left hand rod began to drop back, which woke me up 0ut of my not so deep sleep. I quickly ran over to my rods and reeled up the slack as the hanger on my Delkim continued to move up and down. I picked up the rod and was into a fish but had no idea of the size because she started swimming towards me. As the fish got closer to me then she realized she was hooked and that’s when I felt the sheer weight of the fish on the rod and the fish immediately started to tear off line kiting to the right. Feeling the fish’s power through the rod my legs started shaking and the butterflies began in my stomach. From where my rod pod was the fish ended up taking me nearly 80 yards down the right side of the bank in an unbelievable battle taking huge runs that left me on the bank shaking. After fighting the fish for 20 or so minutes and the fish literally rolling over my net a good 6 times then going on powerful runs she was securely in my net. Not seeing the fish yet but knowing it had to be a 40lber I remember my buddy saying to me, “man this could even be a 50”. Now that we were both out of breathe from the fight and netting we took a few minutes to rest as we broke down the net and hoisted the fish onto the mat finally seeing the amazing specimen under the light.

Getting the fish sorted and unhooked it was finally time for the moment of truth knowing I most likely wouldn’t be sleeping after this moment running on pure adrenaline and excitement. We popped the fish into the sling and lifted her up topping out at a staggering 46.11 oz of golden common carp. After weighing the fish we put her in the sack and placed her into the water waiting till the morning to take some quality shots of the fish.

The moment of truth

The moment of truth

THE APPROACH

The approach for this session was simple, taking what I learned from my last session on the venue and applying it in my tactics. Previously fishing here I had only caught a couple small fish just off the edge of a weed bed in a clear area. I had noticed that the fish had been crashing way out of casting range and was hoping a few fish would come in close at night with the right baiting and some patience. Just as I thought I had two fish off that weed bed and noticed the few bites that I had were in the night out of the three day session. Taking that into consideration on my next session I wanted to get my rods out as far as possible to where I saw the fish before even though I was fishing the swim a lot earlier than I had previously.. With that in mind I decided to put one rod as far as possible about 120 yards and one rod in close about 15 yard off the same group of weed beds. The far out rod I fished my favorite rig the chod rig with a single 20mm K-1 pop up. I continued to put about 20 baits around it consisting of K-1 soluble boilies and K-1 bottom baits. The close in rod I fished a snowman rig blowback style with a 20mm bottom bait and a 12mm pop up on top. I placed this rod just to the left of a weed bed and baited with some of the K-1 Boosted Oats, boilies, and soluble boilies. My other plan was to keep the rods out till they got a bite even if that meant leaving them out for even 24 hours then I would check to see if the rig and pop up were still working properly. When fishing for big fish I like to keep the rods out as long as possible.

Chod rigs - perfect for weedy situations

Chod rigs – perfect for weedy situations

My rig of choice is one that I have a lot of confidence in and have used previously on the venue. I chose the chod rig because it was perfect for my situation, being completely tangle free with fishing at such distance and not knowing what the lake bed was like. With this rig I am confident that every time my lead hits the bottom the rig is laying perfectly over any weed or silt and is ready for the fish to pick it up. This rig is great for fishing over a bed of boilies and in my opinion tends to pick out some of the bigger fish. Most of the big fish I have caught in the past have either come on the chod rig or a snowman rig building my confidence through the roof. The choddy has never let me down and adding this massive beauty to the victims of the chod certainly makes me even happier with it. SO GET ON THE CHODDY!!!

THE BAIT

A big part of catching carp is have a good quality bait so the fish will recognize it as food source and healthy for them to feed on. For this session I brought about 10 pounds of K-1 boilies  20mm in a tutti fruity pineapple combination. I also brought another roughly 10 pounds of K-1 soluble boilies  15 mm also in the tutti fruity pineapple combination with matching K-1 pop ups. Boilies are surely my favorite style of fishing and absolutely love the concept behind it. As we all know it’s tough dishing out that little extra money for the amount of boilies you need to properly fish them but let me tell you that little bit of extra cash will be the best money you could spend carp fishing because that is really what’s going to catch you the fish. Having enough boilies to get the fish to recognize it as a food source really does pay off in the long run and will definitely catch you bigger carp. With the soluble boilies the concept behind them is a quick release and breakdown of the attractants theoretically resulting in a quicker bite on the bait. As we all know boilies take a little bit longer to start working in the water but when the fish get on them they are devastating. With The combination of the K-1 bottom baits and soluble boilies you get the long lasting effect and the quick release effect standing for a great baiting method. Last but not least I made sure I sprayed all my hook baits with the matching K-1 spray flavor. Every session I go on and fish K-1 boilies my confidence levels can’t stop increasing and the results I have had this past year says it all!!!

K-1 Hook Baits

K-1 Hook Baits

Matching spray

Matching spray

THE FISH

No words needed!!

No words needed!!

PAY MY RESPECTS

This was really a great catch for me and will definitely go down in the history books. I am very thankful to be able to catch such an amazing fish and really hope to catch it again when it’s over 50 pounds if I’m lucky. I would like to take this time and say thank you to the whole K-1 team with all the hard work they put in preparing bait and doing everything they can when there is something I need, If it wasn’t for them none of this would be possible. A special thanks is due to a good friend of mine and K-1 team member Istvan Gyori because he was the one who prepared the bait for me with such short notice and without bait there would be no fish as I really appreciate the support so thanks again buddy. I also would like to give a shout out to my BCN team members Dean Brookes and Craig Parkes for being awesome fishing partners and the good times on the bank. I hope you enjoyed the read and look forward to putting more BIG fish on the bank and in the future for you to check out now go out and GET ON THE K-1!!!!

 

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