Harrry Stirling, Long Island Session
Posted on 14th April 2018 at 22:21
Hi guys it’s Harry from Successful Baits and this is a write up of my time on Long Island, Cambridgeshire. This place is very special to me as not only has this complex produced my favourite named carp, called Tango, but I started off my journey into carp fishing here. I’ve been on and off for years but it was here that I realised I was hooked!
I've learned so much from this water, it truly is amazing with a couple known carp to 30lb plus in there, some real treasures! I fish this venue weekly as it's close to home and I’m dying to get one of them gems out. The complex itself isn’t very large, it’s a small water with lots of variety of fish in. I’ve caught carp, Commons and Mirrors, Crucian carp, Golden Orf, Tench, Roach, Bream and I’ve even seen pike in there. The lake itself is a silt bottom with some sandy patches with a fair few reed beds and reed islands to fish to, some over hanging trees and, in the summer months, beautiful lilly pads! In the winter and early spring when the lilly pads die off they become a snag on the lake bed, so knowing where they are is a great help. The depths vary dramatically, from 4ft areas up to 16ft. Finding these features out has come over time and a lot of days fishing there.
My fave carp to date, Tango, by no means my biggest, just an absolute gem.
So, that’s the venue and the lake, let’s get on to the adventure there. It was a cold and wet start to the day, it had been raining for hours, but did it stop me? No, no way! I set off first thing in the morning planning to meet a good friend there for 7.30. Just as I pulled in and parked up I saw a familiar face with a bend in the rod and sure enough it was my mate, David. I ran over and was blessed with the sight of a proper good morning carp.
I couldn’t wait to get my kit out and set up. I had a good feeling about today so I soon set my rods up, same set up and approach as I would in most places I fish.
Bank sticks with my Nash sirens, my 12ft Nash rods and my Nash big pit reels. End tackle was a lead core leader 2oz lead on a drop off lead clip system and a standard blow back hair rig made by myself on one rod, and the other all the same but a multi rig.
Bait choice of course was my all time favourite, the legendary CalaFrutti topped off with a VNX+ wafter and hooked up with a solid bag with full and chopped CalaFrutti boilies and 6mm pellets .That combination has served me extremely well, catching me many carp. Bait choice for the multi rig was a VNX+ wafter and solid bag containing the same chopped and full CalaFrutti boilies and 6mm pellet. I’ve perfected my multi rig to suit how I fish it with the size of the pva bags, I use an old fish tank for testing and I’ve managed to get my VNX+ wafter to sit perfectly over the bed of freebies. I chose my spot and soon got the rods in. My left rod I cast to the reed bed, that was the rod with the multi rig set up on. I sank the line and laid it to rest. My right rod I was unsure on where to put it, I knew the spot well and I had a few options. I went with my gut instinct and cast to an over-hanging tree.
An hour had passed by rapidly but did I start to doubt my chosen spots or bait choice? NO, absolutely not, is what the bite alarm was screaming! I lifted into my first fish and it felt good. It took me for a right run around, darting here, there and everywhere. After about 8 minutes of scrapping with me I soon netted it. As I peered into the net I turned to my friend with a big grin! It wasn’t one of the lake gems but certainly a low double figure fish. Harry 1, carp 0.
As the fish was taking 5 minutes in the net I quickly hooked up a pva bag I'd made up earlier and got it straight back out there. I got the fish to the cradle and posed for some quick snaps before putting Mr Carp home. I was absolutely buzzing, it was a beautiful cross, Common carp with possibly some Crucian in it, very pale, almost like a ghostie too. It had a couple of small battle scars but still a lovely gem! I sat back waiting for the next and it didn’t take too long either.
Again it unexpectedly ripped off, no little bleeps or anything, just melted off taking loads of line. I love the noise of a screaming siren, proper singing and dancing. My oh my, this one took me the distance. Playing this fish I was expecting something special so I took my time and concentrated. I then realised I had made a small mistake, I'd walked away from my net a good few meters to stop the fish from taking me around the island, and my friend had gone to stalk a couple of carp the other end of the venue!
Finally, after 15 minutes of battling this fish, I got it close to the margins. The carp finally used its energy and I was able to walk back, still playing the fish, close enough to get my net and slide it straight up under this amazing mirror carp. Again it felt bigger than it actually was but it was still a nice mid double.
I quickly got the rod back out there, same spots as it was clear they were happy there as I had both fish on the right rod the standard blow back rig I'd made with the Calafrutti boilie and VNX+ wafter. Like I said, devastating combination! I managed to get David back over for him to get a couple photos of me with my catch before I slipped it back and continued my day of hunting.
Harry 2, carp 0.
I was happy with both my catches and something had popped up so I had to quickly pack away and shoot off unfortunately, but it had been a well spent 4 and a half hours. The weather held out, it was extremely wet there but no more rain so, overall, a successful day with Successful Baits!
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