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Well after chatting to my best buddy @w3bbo during one of our many coral shopping trips about fishing I decided to take the plunge again after many years of absence from the sport. This time carp not coarse.

Timing worked well as I had decided to close my reef tank down as I want to go larger.

So much time researching kit and advise form Rich I decided on my kit and bought what I needed thought I would want and much more lol.

14/07/18

So it was time to hit the bank and Gawsworth was the venue. I was up dressed and ready to leave at 4am. Arrived gates opened at 6am and we chose pegs. I had a good idea of how to set up from my coarse days so I was soon in the water. Had a good few bream but as Rich said they don't count lol. I managed a 12.5LB mirror on my first trip so was well chuffed.

 

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Word of advice if you are going to sit in the sun all day with ripped jeans make sue you cover your skin or put lotion on as i ended up with a very burnt and very sore knee lol

22/07/18

Second trip was again to Gawsworth and was Saturday into Sunday.

Had a nightmare day casting into the brash over hanging from the island and had a few bream. Rich didn't hit the trees but was the same with bream so a move was needed. We pitched up on the opposite side and got the rods in the water again. To my surprise at 23.30 as I was calling it a night and just about to hit the bivvy one of the rods went like I shot alarm screaming and I hit into it. A short fight and in came my first cat

 

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I had a few more knocks through the night but no real takes. Around about lunch i had a massive take and thought id hooked moby dick unfortunately after a short fight i heard the dreaded PING.

Nothing more after that for me but Rich carried on catching the carp.

24/07/18

Turners pool , after a very slow well none existent start to the fishing and wondering why everone else was catching apart from me , Rich had a look how i was fishing and nothing stood out apart from the fould smell of my groundbait- yes i had stupidly kept what was left from the weekend.

A new mix and a peg swap and i was catching. By the end of the day i had had 50 carp !! Yes 50. all 5LB- 10lB but great sport. When landing one of the carp i found a larger crayfish in the net- around 3"  which was soon met with the sole of my shoe !

28/07/18

Gawsworth again and only one carp around the 6Lb mark but a few bream.

 

03/08/18

Gawsworth for a few hours after work and a big BLANK - not even a bream lol

 

10/08/18

Arranged with Rich and Jordan to do a Friday night into Saturday day. Traffic was a nightmare took 2 1/2 hours to get to Gawsworth from Wigan.

Finally got the the pond and most pegs were taken. Webbo was down in the bottom corner so Jordan and i set up on 1 & 2 . A few knows for me followed by roach and bream. Same story on Saturday until my final cast around 16:30 and within a few minuets i had a run leading to a 12.5Lb Mirror

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Jordan had a great session but ill leave that for him to tell you about.

 

 

 

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17/08/18

Met up with @Webbo at you guessed it Gawsworth after work and joined by Jordan shortly after.

Picked our pegs and in went the lines. Had a run followed by a hook pull great start lol. unusually quiet with only the odd sound of a bite alarm going off until about 2am when I got another run - yeah you guessed it hook pull 15ft from the bank lol . Rest of the night was quiet for me with bot Jordan and Rich catching.

Saturday morning the bites came on again but was the BREAM DREAM all day- Bream 9 - Carp nil.

Had a good night plenty of banter on the bank so was a good weekend . Jordan left around dinner only leaving me and Rich to fight it out till 8pm.

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24/25th August

Another 24 hour session with @Webbo on Gawsworth

Didnt stop raining for more than a few hours. Torn between 2 pegs but made my choice then shuffled down one. 

Noticed after I was set up there was a wasp nest 3feet in front of me 

First chuck saw this beauty come out 

 

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A few liners and a quiet night . 

Reset the traps in the morning to take my personal best same rod and place as the first one 

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Another small carp and a few bream and roach. 

Great weekend again 

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