Kingsbury Off To A Great Start
Posted Carp News at Jul 24, 2012
Dynamite's Peter Kingsbury had a right result on one of his first visits to a new water, catching a cracking mirror known as 'Paw Print', shortly after changing tactics.
Here, Peter takes up the story...
"I recently planned a two night trip to my new water which had been a bit tricky of late. During my previous quick overnighter, I had decided to ditch the particle approach as I had blanked for six nights, so decided to start again and use boilies putting my faith back in the hand of Dynamites Monster Tigernut.
I had found a couple of lovely spots and presented my baits on them with little disturbance. At 1am I received a very fast take in the pouring rain, which I could not get any control of as my clutch being set a little lose enabled the fish to build up some speed and gain sanctuary in one of the many weedbeds. I was gutted, but I had to take some form of plus from it, I had changed to boilies , after doing six blank nights with corn, tigers and hemp.
Getting back to the session in hand, I arrived early in the morning to find three people on, it was due to blow a big South Westerly, but at present it was pushing South Easterly. The swim I fancied was taken, but there was a swim free that gave a good view of the lake and also a lot of water to go at. I quickly got set up and found some nice areas with the aid of the 11/2oz Gardner flat pear lead and a old rig with a big hook to test for clear of weed. Once I found some spots it was a case of clipping up, taking off the lead and old rig, attaching a small pocket rocket and introducing about ½ kilo of mixed size Monster Tigernut Boilies in 10mm,15mm & 18mm.
As soon as the bait had been introduced, I unclipped the spod and attached a new lead and hooklink. Hookbait was to be a critically balanced 15mm hookbait made by cutting a Dynamite Monster Tigernut pop-up and shelf life bottom bait in half, these are then put on the hair pop-up last to make it a slow sinker.
Once my rods were out I set up everything else up and made a tea. The evening came and the night drew in, I retired around 11.30pm and set the alarm for 2am to see if any signs of fish activity. I woke at 2am and made a tea, I stayed awake till 2.45am with no signs, so got back in the bag and reset the alarm for 5am, again to get up and see any activity.
It got till around 6.30am and I was on my third tea of the morning, when I noticed a fish poke its head out in the corner, so my attention was switched to this area - one more and I was moving! It didn’t take long until another was spotted, so all three rods got reeled in and I raced round there to secure the swim. When in the swim I sat down and just watched to see the area to concentrate on, I stayed there for a further 15mins and saw a couple more show, so quickly back and moved the rest of my tackle round to my new swim in no time.
I had an idea of where I wanted to put my baits, but was the area going to be presentable, so with just a little 11/2oz lead attached I proceeded to have a little cast around, some presentable areas were found and I proceeded to carry out the same sequence with the pocket rocket and got the baits cast out bang on, with rods out I set everything else up and then as being up most of the night I just had to relax with a tea and watched the water.
After about a couple of hours I started to receive liners and there was the odd sign of fish, the day wore on and with it the wind got much stronger and I mean stronger, waves were lapping over my rod tips it looked mental.
I got my head down after dinner as I was due home early, I slept soundly until my alarm on my phone told me it was 4.30 and time to pack away. I was just lying on my bedchair, I could not believe nothing had happened, when the middle rod bleeped twice and the bobbin was at the top, I put my boots on and went to investigate, the line was tight and clutch was just starting to click away gently as I had learnt a lesson with the lost fish, my clutch was reasonably tight.
I picked up the rod and bent into a nice resistance, it was moving slowly as hadn’t been able to build up speed, but was kiting to my left on its way to a snaggy corner and overgrown trees. I was a little worried after losing what would have been my first carp from my new water, so gingerly I applied side strain and had to put my rod tip under water to avoid the trees. This worked and I coaxed her out in front of me, the lead had ejected which helps in weedy waters, so the fish rose in front of me and I steered her into the waiting net. I had a smile so wide, I secured the net and sat down to take it all in.
I got all the essential equipment out and ready and positioned my mat on suitable ground and in some good light, with some assistance we got her out and placed her gently on my mat, I needed still to unhook her and upon checking the hook was 3” back in her mouth, I have noticed this with going back on the braid the movement and suppleness is brilliant, treated the hookhold and weighed her at 33lb 4oz well chuffed, photo’s done she was put back to fight another day. I packed away a really happy man!
Tight Lines Peter"