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Thinking Tackle Online Episode 2 – Simon Scott & Mark Bryant | Korda Carp Fishing 2018

THINKING TACKLE Welcome to Thinking Tackle It's spring, and we're at the absolutely beautiful lakeside fishery near the village of Shillinglee, which is on the Surrey/Sussex border

This really is my kind of carp lake I'm here with my great friend, Mark Bryant, and we're going to have a go at catching some of these belting fish from this fabulous day-ticket water It's got absolutely everything you could ever wish for – huge overhanging trees, dark, moody rhododendron bushes, "carpy" little passageways, and it's even got its own mossy little boathouse This is "carpy" perfection We're certainly in no hurry

We want to spend some time looking for fish, rather than setting up in the first tasty swim And let's be honest, as you walk round this picturesque old lake, every swim you walk into looks absolutely amazing Well, two pairs of eyes is always going to be better than one, so Mark and I head off together and spend a good hour to an hour and a half scoping around the lake, looking for fish, before heading back to the car park to talk through a plan of attack We're back at the van now What sort of tactics do you want to employ? Well, I think we've dropped a little bit of bait into certain areas and I think we keep an eye on those

But first and foremost, when I get to any lake, no matter where it is, even if it's got past form for floater fishing or not, I'll always go round If the sun's out and I can see fish, I'll have a go for them on top So I think it'd be prudent to go round with a bucket, put a few mixers out, see what the reaction is If there's an opportunity straightaway, let's capitalise on it Why floater fishing? Floater fishing for me is the most exciting form of fishing

You're watching your quarry, you can see reactions very, very quickly But fundamentally, you make a very, very quick situation happen just from going around, walk around, putting some mixers in I've caught plenty of fish within the first minute or two Turning up to a new venue, got a few fish feeding So you could pay your day ticket, let's say, on this venue, I think it's 12 quid for two rods, and just walk round with one rod and a floater rod, catch a fish and be done

Usually, the best opportunity on floaters presenting themselves, in the first few minutes of floater fishing So what have you got in the bucket, Mark? So, pretty much standard floating trout pellets there And these are just floaters? You could buy those from any tackle shop, could you? Yeah, tackle shops sell them You can get them from a number of places Chum mixers as well

Brilliant So, straight out of the supermarket, pet food shop? – Exactly – That's OK And all I do, I try to add a little bit of liquid to that So I put, like, a food-based dip on it or some oil

Oil is particularly good, it flattens the surface, especially if there's a bit of a ripple on, so you can see what's going on, so it's very visual Then I generally add a bit of powder to that as well, so I've got something falling down through the water to draw fish up from underneath OK, so walk round with a bucket and a catapult Yeah, first off, catapult, bucket of mixers or trout pellets Pretty simple

Go round and see your fish, apply some bait, see what their reactions are As we're going round, you can check other spots You gonna carry a rod with you? No, generally, I just go round with a bucket and just see what I can get a reaction Soon as there's a reaction, I see something developing, get the rod – Back in the van quick

– Yeah OK, brilliant Let's grab that bucket and have a walk round and see if we can't see some fish up on the top It's exciting stuff Without doubt, your eyes are your greatest weapon in carp fishing and you need to help them pinpoint cruising fish with polarised glasses

These take the glare off the surface and allow you to see a little deeper Neither of us could fish without them, and when it comes to reacting to that bite, it helps you strike that tiny little bit faster When you're staying out for long periods in bright sunshine, these will reduce fatigue on your eyes significantly I wear contacts, so I use the standard glasses Simon uses ones that sit over his normal glasses

So whether you spend 15 quid on a pair of cheap wraps, or 50 quid on the more fashionable frames, it doesn't matter But what is crucially important is they must be polarised Well, Mr Bryant, you've given it a couple of hours You've been quite persistent, you've fired out a fair few mixers What have you got to report? Unfortunately, not a lot

Although there's the odd fish in the back of the snags, taking the odd mixer right in the dense, sort of, foliage, nothing's, nothing's come out to this area, the open-water areas Haven't seen much in the way of fish cruising, so unfortunately, nothing really to report back on For the guys watching this, where would you say, "Well, it's not happening on the floaters, it's time to maybe get set up for an evening fishing on the bottom"? Well, the beauty of floater fishing, it can change in a heartbeat and there could be an opportunity, but gotta be realistic We gotta get set up really for the night Haven't seen much

So if I haven't seen fish for a good 15, 20 minutes, and the weather is against us now It's starting to cloud over, the sun's dipping in – It's not as bright as it was – No, unfortunately So, I'm gonna have to call it a day

But that was a couple of hours spent We could've made something happen quickly On this occasion we haven't, but we've only lost a couple of hours out of our session Yeah, so I think the plan now, probably, you fancy one of the arms going up at the top end, the shallow end of the lake I think I probably fancy down the other end

– So we might split up for this evening – Yep And that covers a bit more water Yeah, we can build a bit of a picture from our us and our locations, so Yeah, see if we can't get some action – Track and bang – Tonight's the night – Yeah

– Yeah So the first impressions of the lake is it's something that's just a throwback in time of, like, 25, 30 years You just don't see lakes like this in this day and age, with pads, shallows, boathouses, old historic oak trees that have been here for hundreds of years it looks like It's just an amazing place to come and fish, to come and walk round All the wildlife, you know, and the fishing

You get onto the fish and you've got some old, gnarly fish that have been here for years They know the score, they've been fished for a long time There's not a huge head of fish in here It just makes it a really interesting puzzle, trying to work out what they're doing, where they're gonna end up for the morning's feeding spell, where they gonna be through the night, what they do through the day So we've got limited time, but we've got good options in front of us

We've got shallows, we've got deep water, we've got pads, we've got snags So, hopefully over the next 24 hours, we can, sort of, build what's going on and apply ourselves, different methods, different techniques We might be floater fishing one minute, we might be on the bottom really close-quarter fishing, or we might be out in the middle Yeah, it's set to be an exciting time and I can't wait to see how it unfolds Time to get the bait out

And I know certainly when you arrive at any new day-ticket fishery, you've got your mind set on what you might use You might have a favourite boilie or a favourite bait I suppose my go-to bait anywhere if I'm struggling a little bit is the golden-grain sweetcorn, cos I caught my biggest ever fish on that So what I've done, and I think sweetcorn's good on really, really silty lakes, cos it's a very moist bait, it doesn't suck up the smell of the sediment So my first line of attack, which I'm gonna use on the left rod, which is really shallow

I've put three tiny pouchfuls of corn out there against the rhododendrons It feels like it's literally that deep, so when I cast, it's, "Splash, donk", it's on the bottom in a second But last time I was here I did get a bite off that spot, so I'm gonna fish that over, as I say, probably just a tiny handful altogether of corn So one pop-up over corn, out here, going towards the old pontoon I've clipped up, gone out as close as I dare

I'm gonna fish it for the night, so I've gotta make sure I'm confident I can keep the fish out of the snags So I'm not fishing as far as the pontoon, back from it a bit, maybe a metre and a half And I've put a couple of catapults of corn I'm going to put a few boilies out And what I'm gonna do to combat the smell of the silt, is I'm gonna flatten them out a little bit like that, so they break, but not crumb, so I can still catapult them one at a time

And then I'm gonna put a bit of liquid with them, let them soak for a little bit to soak up some of that flavour So what I'm trying to do is combat the smell of that really rancid silt This is a silty old estate lake, as I mentioned earlier 500 years of silt out there So I wanna make sure my bait stands out proud

So that will be my middle rod and then the right-hand rod, which I reckon will be about seven or eight foot, is going away into the deeper water I'm gonna fish that, I reckon probably with again, a little pop-up, but I'm gonna fish it over maybe, sort of, 30 or 40 of those baits like that So I'll just crack them all up, put them in there, let them have a soak round for half an hour and then I'll just catapult them out one at a time I'm gonna try and land those pretty close to the end of the lilies So that'll be my three traps for the night

Well, this is my pitch for the night Lovely, picturesque, got lilies, got overhanging trees Really, really shallow here, but there are a few fish about, so fingers crossed they're gonna stay up here for the night So the left-hand rod, the trickiest rod, is gonna go hard left up into the shallow little arm just to my left And there's fish getting real, real close here, really hugging the edge almost

But to get this rod in position, I need to get in the water really, just to give myself a better angle where I can flick a bait down to them So that's what I'm going to do, that's what's gonna go out – a little low pop-up, single-hook bait, maybe a few dotted over the top Hopefully that's going to do me a bite Well, it's been a fascinating first day of the session I guess we'd love to have caught a carp, but let's be honest, it is our first trip here of the year

I've fished it for two nights previously, and that's it Mark's never been here, so we're learning very quickly It would have been great to have got the fish going on floaters Mark had a good go for a couple of hours at least Just as we were walking back to the van, I think he got tempted again, but I finally said, "Come on, let's get set up for the night

" Anyway, I'm set up now and I've got my rods out I've got three rods out all on good spots, so feeling really confident It is the most "carpy" lake, and just to spend ten minutes here before it gets dark, looking out across the lake, is going to be magical It's got a really "carpy" atmosphere and I'm feeling very confident Unfortunately for me last night, I lost a very good fish on the left-hand rod

I thought that was the one that was gonna go Just sneaked up to my left-hand margin Playing with it for a little while, got in my waders, because I could feel it grating on something And when I waded out, unfortunately it had just caught on a little branch Although they've done a lot of tree work here, and that's great

They've took loads of branches out, so there's no snags going up there, but there's the odd rogue branch that I think's blown in from the winter So it's caught up on that Managed to get the fish back to the snag, but unfortunately the hook popped, and all I was left with was a branch So, bit gutted, but, yeah, it's the way it goes So I've got the rod back in position

There's still a few fish about, not loads They've, sort of, moved out of this shallow area for the night, but I do hear Mr Scott's had a result, so I'm probably going to wind in, in a second, go down and see what he's had Aye, aye Mr Scott Well done, mate, you got one

Yes! – Yeah – Is it a good'un? Well, it's OK, yeah It's OK, yeah You'll have to wait and see Fantastic, mate

Well done Well done So what I'll do, Mark, I'll get its fins flat and then I'll pass it up to you If you take the weight of the sling a little bit and I can get out, cos I don't want to have a face plant into the woodchip No worries, dude

And I don't want the fish to face plant on the woodchip either OK That's folded flat You got it, mate? Yeah, that seems all flat OK, got it

Crikey! That's massive My God! It's not a little common Look at this This is a proper old carp, Mark 30-odd years ago, I fished a lake below this one and there were some big'uns in here at that time and I used to look over the dam wall and think, "Imagine fishing that

" It looked like it was the North Sea This is probably one of the fish that was living in here then So this fish has gotta be somewhere like, maybe, 40-50 years old It's one of the original mirrors I think there's only three real big'uns like this

There's some big commons, but this in the mirrors Look at that That is a really, really old carp

That's a proper old gnarly fish Yes, it is a proper, proper Shillinglee beastie – Look at that – Oh, mate, well done And what was the weight? 35

I think it was a shade over 35, but I must say, I was so overexcited, I was shaking like a leaf when I weighed it What a beautiful fish! Just to think, I think it's as old as I am That makes it pretty old

That is a proper old fish Look at the width of its back I think I might have cut your head off on that one Yeah, that's just about right Cut my head off, cut the fish's tail off

I don't want to cut your head off too much Mark Bryant sabotaging my pictures What a result! Oh, mate, that's lovely I'm chuffed to bits Well, I'm sitting here feeling very, very pleased with myself

I've caught a cracking 35-pounder and as far as I'm concerned, I could go home now I know Mark's a desperate man, though and he's working really, really hard to catch a fish for himself While I'm sat here, I think it's a really good opportunity, looking out across the lake, to think a little bit about the lake construction How was this lake formed? This is what you call a barrage pond or a dammed valley So the water course would have run from the shallow end down to what is now the dam, where the cars are going back and forth

And that dam was put there to create this lake 500 years ago, with the purpose of retaining water And that water would have been for human habitation, to provide drinking water It would have been for livestock, cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens And also it would have been to irrigate the crops, cos you've got to remember, 500 years ago, they didn't have the luxury of running water like we do now So these sorts of lakes, old estate lakes particularly, are often very silty and the features are pretty typical

So you have a dam at one end, which represents where the deep water is, that the deeper end of the valley And then you've got these shallow arms, where the ditch lines would have run in So there's one round to my left here We've clearly got an old water course It runs down into the corner of the pond and then you've got this little bay running away, comes out in front of me

And then round to the corner, there's another one very similar So that's sort of classic estate-lake little places And what you tend to find on places like this, they are often silty because of their age and the mature trees You've got a lot of leaf litter going in them The other thing is you find that the leaves in the winter will often blow up into these little bays and they can be really "carpy" but also really, really silty

And I know where Mark was fishing, he said there's quite a lot of debris on the bottom The area I caught my fish from last night, about six to eight foot deep, on the slope going into the deeper water, seemed to be reasonably clear Another clue to the depth, possibly, is where the plants are growing So, for example, I've got lilies in front of me now Lilies like that, that's a white lily, that's not going to want to grow in maybe more than six or seven foot of water, absolute tops

So it is likely that if I'm fishing to the edge of that, I might be fishing in about six foot of water and there's no lilies further out into the pond at all So that's quite a clue They're growing in an area that seems to be about four foot deep, which would suit them perfectly So hopefully that gives you a little bit of a thought If you're fishing a barrage pond, think dam at one end, deep end, shallow arms often very, very silty

Hopefully that will give you a few clues to catch you a few more fish I started to see less and less activity in the swim I was in and being the fact that it was so shallow, I just thought the fish had to be somewhere else So with that in mind, I got on my toes and I walked around the lake and had a good look and settled on an area that puts me in the main bowl Coupled with the fact this was not too far away from where Simon had caught his fish, I thought I was in excellent shape for the last night So as soon as I get into a new swim, I like to have a cast around, just with a bare lead

And this is crucially important to know the make-up of the bottom It's fairly clean, no weed as such, so it's perfect for my kind of rig Well, for me, that's been an absolutely fantastic start Let's be honest, any day that starts with a 35lb mirror is gonna be a pretty good day, so I decided to stay put You know, it's easy to think, "Well, I've got to reel in and go and look for fish round the edges

" But I've let Mark get on with that today I know he's been busily trying to catch fish for the cameras He's feeling the pressure, so I've left him to it and he's had nothing to report So I think my strategy to just stay put has probably been as effective as his mobile approach And, hey, ho

You know, I've had a 35-pounder from here There's gotta be a chance of another one I'm feeling super confident Fingers crossed for Mark Well, look at this! Absolutely fabulous old common carp

Wow! This fish is probably about as old as I am Certainly one of the originals in the lake I'm delighted to catch it It's like a withered old man, all hunched up His belly's gone a bit concave

It's certainly, certainly in its twilight years now It's crazy to think this fish was swimming round in this lake when I was a teenager fishing the lake next door So chuffed! Anyway, interestingly, I caught it on the white pop-up, which I moved against the edge of the lilies So I moved my rods round a little bit, had a reshuffle and bang! The trusty white pop-up's done another one There's three facets of this rig that make me absolutely go for it

The first is that I can change the lead and take the lead off very quickly If I want to reel in, grab a rod and a landing net and go stalking, it's so simple with a Heli-Safe just to pop that lead off, put it in your pocket and away you go The second thing I really like is that quick-change swivel that's running up and down the line That enables me to unclip a rig, clip a different rig in, in a moment

Super fast, super quick Perfect And it's that flexibility And thirdly, the thing I really like about this, is if I catch a fish, changing the hook, putting a new hook on is done in an instant All you have to do is just tease that supple braid up through the eye of the hook, loop it over the point of the hook, pop the hook off, put a new hook on and away you go

So that, that speed is fantastic So I'm not forever having to tie rigs I can concentrate more on finding the fish, which for me is what it's all about The first stage in tying this rig is to select the boom you want to use I like the 25lb version for the majority of my fishing

So I pull a bit of that off, normally about 18 inches I then tie a tidy figure-of-eight loop at one end of the braid That is the loop that's going to go over your quick-change link swivel crook Once I've got that bedded down, I then select roughly how long I want that boom to be and then I bend the stiff boom material back on itself to create, like, a pinched section Once I've done that, I've got effectively the length of my boom

So, for example, I might tie a six-inch boom That will be folded tightly at six inches Once I've done that, I then take a section of Supernatural, which I like to create my supple end piece I've also used Arma-Kord in 50lb for that, because of it's durability and also it seems to be a very flexible, soft material So the choice is yours

Whichever supple braid you like can be used at this stage But we'll go with 18lb Supernatural I then cut off about a foot of Supernatural, double it over on itself and saliva it up So it's effectively becoming one piece of material Then I put my loop of Supernatural through the bent-over section of boom

to create what will be my supple section

And I like to make that just a tiny bit shorter than I actually want the supple section to be at the end, because when you tease the knot down, you always gain approximately half a centimetre So maybe go somewhere between a centimetre to half a centimetre shorter, at this stage, than you want it to be I then take that knot, effectively pinching the two pieces together and do, with my Supernatural, six or seven turns going back up the boom section I then slightly adjust my grip and go back the other way and do three or four turns back And then you have to take your end tags of your Supernatural back through the stiff material, the same direction that the loop's going Once I've got that, I like to saliva the section up completely and then very, very gently tease it down Getting that knot to bed down is absolutely vital

So I tease it down, pull the tag ends, pull the loops, give it a little tie and use my fingernails just to edge the Supernatural down towards the end of that loop And over a few minutes, take your time here, there is no rush This is a rig that you might use to catch ten fish Get it to tease it right down, get it really tight Bit more saliva, give it a good pull, make sure there's no slippage

Only at that point then do I snip those tag ends There's no need to shorten them right up at this point Get it tidied up and then between a couple of tools, whether you use a baiting needle or a rig tool, I give it a good, hard pull I wanna make sure there's absolutely no room for slippage at this point Only then do I cut those tag ends down nice and short

So now you've got your supple, flexible end section You've got your six-inch boom and then you've got the loop that's going to be your attachment onto that Heli-Safe clip or whatever you're using OK, so at this point, you've got your, maybe, three-or-four-centimetre loop of supple braided material You've then got your knot, the Albright knot, which is connecting that supple braided material to that stiff boom material You've got your six-inch boom and then you've got your little loop, which is how you're going to attach that rig to your quick-change link

OK, so next up, we need to thread a Korda Kicker onto that supple loop So I do that using a baiting needle, dampen the Kicker up, dampen the baiting needle so they don't catch, slide the two through, and very simply just pull that down onto the line Next thing is to thread the supple braided section Get it nice and wet, and just slide it through the eye of the hook And you're gonna come from the point side upwards, as if you were tying a knotless knot, you pull that through

I then thread on a tiny little micro swivel And then the end of that loop goes over the point of the hook to pull back And that's effectively my little, if you like, D-rig section I then push the Kicker back up and onto the shank of the hook to position it as I like it to do You could also use a bit of 1mm silicone to do the same thing at this stage, if you wanted a slightly longer section there

The Kickers are lovely but they're quite short If you wanted a longer section, a bit of the old Korda 1mm silicone tubing works beautifully Once you've done that, I like to roll a bit of putty around the Albright knot itself, which makes a nice tidy-looking barrel The amount of putty you use is significant If I'm gonna be using a balanced bait, I might go for a reasonably smallish piece, but enough to make that fluorocarbon boom come crashing down on the bottom nice and hard, but not so heavy that it's thumping the bottom bait or balanced bait into the floor

If you're going to use a pop-up, then obviously that little bead of putty needs to be enough to counterweight that pop-up Then lastly, I like to pull a bit of silicone tubing over the loop at the other end, so the boom-material loop I like to pull my silicone tubing over that and that effectively acts as my door So once I've slipped it onto my quick-link swivel, I can pull that silicone tubing down over the crook of the quick-link swivel Once you've attached your rig to the quick-change swivel on the line, you're set up to go, next job is to pick your bait

I'm a great fan of a balanced wafter, that type of approach Something that's got a bit of buoyancy and it's not gonna crash to the bottom like the free baits I like to try and counteract the weight of the hook and that works beautifully with this sort of set up, because with the boom, it kicks that away from the line I also love a pop-up, and again this works beautifully So what I'll then do is I pierce my bait, whether it's a wafter, a balanced bait or a pop-up

I then thread a bit of Supernatural through it Through that little micro swivel on the D-rig section and then tie it off with a hair stop And that gives me a securement I'm really confident that isn't gonna be taken off by a diving bird That's gonna take some helluva pull, something to eat that away

And there we go – a really tidy, very versatile, highly efficient rig, that's gonna catch you a carp out of pretty well any lake you might dare to tackle Well, I've had a brace of amazing-looking estate-lake 30-pounders My buddy, Mark, over the other side, has been trying hard and he's not had a chance yet I think it's time to go round and give him a bit of moral support, possibly see if we can't do a little bit of stalking to save him the blank What are you doing in there, you sneaky so-and-so? Mr Bryant, I know all about your tactics

That's my game, creeping about in the bushes Oh, mate, I just had the most exciting, but frustrating hour of my life – Look at the state of you – I know, I know, I know You see a few fish, you gotta have a go

What happened? I've been walking around, as you know, quite a bit It's been like the Le Mans I've been popping a bit of bait in just in this lake here And I see fish regularly every day, so I thought, "I've gotta have a little go from here There's some good fish

" – I thought they were all little ones – No, upper doubles, low 20s maybe – Definitely worth a go – Yeah, yeah So I thought I'd get in there, but I had a few fish over it I could see some cracking fish come right up tight, really exciting stuff, but unfortunately, didn't get a bite, so

– It’s that dodgy rig you showed me! – Oh, mate Tail between my legs, so I've come back battered – Oh, dear

– But I heard you had one I did indeed, yeah, yeah It's a fish I got a bit of a history with and funnily enough I have my camera right here – OK – Let me show you

It's a proper old croc, a real dinosaur A lovely, lovely one Scroll through – Oh, wow! – Look at that, yeah It's completely concave at the front of its chest

Just, just like a real old fish You can imagine it creeping along through the lilies Tiny little tail as well If fought very well What are you saying, it's got a tiny little tail? No, it's a lovely fish

As I say, just like that mirror, I mean, it's 40-50 years old – Oh, mate – It's an absolute relic – Both them fish are older than me – Yeah

So, yeah, I'm very pleased with that – two 30-pounders – Mate, that's amazing – I know We need to catch you one We've got to make our way off now, but we might as well have a little look at a few spots as we walk

Yeah, let's do that Let's have a last look As you said, it could change in a breath I hope so The rods that I've been using at Shillinglee are 12ft, 2-piece, 2¾lb test curve rods

They're not huge, powerful casting tools, but on a small lake like this, they're perfect for the job and a pleasure to play a fish on The reels I'm using are Daiwa Basias and they're loaded with 20lb Carp Line 20lb Carp Line is absolutely fantastic It's like tow rope And it's perfect when you're fishing a snaggy lake with lots of lilies, snags and sunken branches and you don't have to cast miles

The two cracking old estate-lake carp I caught here at Shillinglee have both been retained for short periods of time in a Trakker retention sling I use these slings at the fish farm regularly and I'm really confident that they are perfectly safe and healthy for the fish Don't half look "carpy" that scum and everything, doesn't it? Oh, mate, there's gotta be a few sneaking in I just thought, "This could be Mark Bryant's last gasp monster and it's never happened" It was all set up for the final finale

It's been a good couple of nights fishing Have you enjoyed yourself? Mate, what a place! What a place! It is a beautiful site in an absolutely picturesque fishery First day was exciting You had a few little fish taking floaters Yeah, yeah, unfortunately it didn't materialise

Just the odd one taking Always gonna be difficult trying to catch a fish like that but unfortunately the weather's been a bit against us for the floater fishing It was cold and then the first night Oh, mate, amazing Amazing There's this 30lb mirror I don't catch that many 30lb mirrors I was very excited

A cracking fish To see an old fish, a prehistoric fish like that, that's been around forever – Certainly older than you – Yeah, and probably you Probably

Mate, to see that on the bank, it's great Old, old fish And you moved obviously, cos you lost a fish on the first night Yeah, gutted about that At this point now, with nothing on the scorecard, you must be absolutely mortified

– I was – You said it felt like a good'un It was a good'un, and I think landing that on your first night, settles the nerves and everything, but

I thought I'd get another chance, but it just hasn't turned out like that And then I did get another chance, another 30-pounder I think at the start of the week, we'd have been pretty happy to take two 30s

It'd been ideal if it had been one each, but, hey, ho – I think it's probably time to – Oh, mate,

– head back to the van

– I'd love to come back this place If I do come back, I'll wear trainers next time for the amount of laps I've done I have rarely seen an angler cover so much ground

– Normally, I do a bit of walking – You do I've been fairly sedentary You've been like Usain Bolt round this pond – It's been a magnificent effort

– Well, it hasn't paid off this time Sometimes, you know what it's like if you keep walking round, you do stumble upon opportunities and fish, but just hasn't happened – Gutted – Top man – Good to see you, mate

– Yeah, fantastic Well, there you go, two cracking 30-pounders from a fantastic estate lake Happy days THINKING TACKLE

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