It was my first visit to the Linear complex and Manor was my chosen lake to fish. I got down there late afternoon and managed to find a swim. After a quick walk around and speaking to other anglers, I choose a swim where the carp had been showing. Not only that, other anglers had received action from the same location. However, after a uneventful night, I decided a move was the best idea. So, first thing the next morning, I moved two swims down onto a point, which was in the same area but gave me a bit more water to fish. After leading about, I found a nice gravel spot at around 50 yards so I put two rods on it and the other rod on the edge of a bay. I then baited with 10 Spombs full of 10mm CC Moore Live System. I used a Live System wafter chopped down to dumbbell size on one rod and on the second rod I decided to use 6 artificial maggots on the hook covered with Pineapple Goo, along with a small PVA bag of micro pellets to stop tangles. Around 6 hours later, the right hand rod screamed off straight away. I knew this wasn’t a small fish, it was like a steam train.
It kited straight to the left and into the bay. It was very hard to net due to all the reeds and floating weed, I knew I was going to have to get into the water to land it, so without much thought, I kicked off my socks, pulled up my trousers and jumped in. I finally managed to land the fish through the reeds, I then looked in the net and knew it was going to be a new personal best. It pulled the needle round to 40lb 7oz, the fish was called ‘The Pretty One’, I was over the moon and still am. CC Moore doing the business once again.
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