We’d been put onto an amazing lake in Austria by Steve Briggs who was the first and only ever English angler to ever wet a line in it. That was the buzz to be honest, but along with that were the amazing looking carp. It’s not an easy lake and it’s a long way to travel, but for Ian Smith and I that was worth the risk to just get one bite.
We managed 6 fish each and lost one a piece so we really couldn’t of asked for more. The weather was up and down but we plodded on and fished for one bite at a time by fishing traps of bait rather than stoving it in for a hit. I fished from the boat and stayed focused on the echo to show the shallower spots which were all rock hard, that would do for me. I was fishing heavy 6.5 oz leads and just a kilo of CompleX-T over each rod, at times leaving them out for two days at a time or until they ripped off. The syndicate lads who fish there all seemed to use loads of bait, but we just fished it as we would at any lake in the UK, and judging our results we got it bang on.
Highlight for me was seeing Smiffy bank a new PB over 60lb, while my biggest was just over 50, but we didn’t go to set records, we went for the adventure and the virginity of it for any English anglers, and we loved it. Yes, its a long way, yes it was a risk, but the effort is worth the risk to chase those amazing fish. It was also my first outing with the new TX5 Intensitys from Shimano, they have loads of power mid section & the butt, but lovely and soft in the tip.
Big thanks must go to Chris the owner for allowing us the opportunity and a personal thanks to Ian Smith, it’s a long time to be together for 11 days with all the travelling, but we got on royally, despite him driving like an old man through Germany……!!!! Mwaaaahhhh. So thank you Austria, we loved it.