• Posted: 9th May 2024
  • Author: Team DNA

A quartet of thirties to 39lb 15oz and a cracking scaly mirror kept Luke Belton’s good run going on his new syndicate water, after he identified an obvious patrol route.

The largest of the bunch was a repeat of a big common he had just a few weeks previously, a fish that clearly has a penchant for The Bug, which was backed up by fish of 34lb 6oz, 32lb 2oz and 30lb 8oz, as well as the 23lb 8oz scaly.
Luke said: “Well, what a session that was! I got down the lake after work at around 7pm and found a lot of fish in a shallow corner of the lake where there was a lot of weed present. This part of the lake was also narrow, so I could fish to overhangs on the opposite bank. which is what I did for the first night.
“By the morning, after a lot of liners, I got up a tree and could see the carp taking a very apparent route into this bay and back out, going through a channel in the weed about halfway across to the far bank. I found two silty spots in this channel and one gravel area right in the corner to my left near some reeds. I baited these spots, but didn’t fish in the day to give them some freedom, as they were clearly there and I didn’t want to push them off.
“I put the rods out around 4pm and by 8pm I had caught two fish, a lovely near fully of 23lb 8oz, followed by a plump 34lb 6oz leathery mirror. I then went on to have a common of 32lb 2oz in the night, followed by a common of 30lb 8oz at 6am the next morning. Then to top it off, just before going home, I had a 39lb 15oz common, but unfortunately it was a repeat of a few weeks back. It clearly loves The Bug!
“The smaller fish fell to a pink 15mm Bug Half Tone pop-up, while the thirties took 15mm Bug Hard Hookers tipped with halved pink Bug Half Tones pop-ups. All rods were fished over 15mm and 12mm Bug boilies coated in matching Bug Hydro Spod Syrup and Insect Meal.”