Chrissie with a lovely mirror from his five fish haul
Young angler Chrissie Wiggins has started using the new Tungsten Loaded hooklink recently and enjoying some excellent action, well done Chrissie!
‘I went for a quick 24 session at my local club water after finding a few fish showing not far out I quickly got into the swim before someone else jumped in there. Once in the swim got the rods out fast as I could.
I flicked two multi rigs out just to see if I could nick a bite. After a couple of hours with nothing to show I decided to tie up two fresh rigs using the new Tungsten Loaded hook link and my trusted size 6 stiff rigger hooks. I made them a little longer than what I was already using as the fish were defo more in the small bit of weed that was still there.
After a recast and two fresh rigs in the weed I felt confident for the night. After getting a few liners around midnight I decided to put in some bait dotted in and around the weed. The liners kept coming until about 4.30am then all hell broke loose!
In the space of 2 hours and 3/4kg of boillie I had 7 takes landing 5 and loosing 2.. I had three mid 20s mirrors and two upper double commons. With every take they all kited left and into this snag.
As soon as I was landing one, unhooking it in the net quickly changing the hook on the multi rig and getting it back out there the other rod was off! At one point I had two retainers with fish in. It was a mad few hours! With every fish I hooked they knew where they where heading but my trusted Syncro Loaded never let me down.
The Farlows mirror
A couple of nights later I visited Farlows and caught this lovely 26lb 4oz mirror, again on the same set up’.
Jo Green caught another massive haul of big carp on here annual trip to sunny Morocco, including a couple of the huge venue’s elusive mirrors, good angling Jo!
‘I had been looking forward to my 5th annual winter trip to Lac Bin el Ouidane in Morocco for months and couldn’t wait to get there and start fishing.
The stock consists of 85 percent commons and 15 percent mirrors, hence the mirrors generally being
that much harder to come by. In temperatures of 30 degrees pretty much every day, (very nice indeed) I managed to
bag a total of 51 carp, 49 commons and 2 stonking mirrors.
Now looking forward to my next trip!’
All the fish were caught using ESP Syncro XT 18lb, sandy gravel leadcore leaders, Tungsten Loaded hooklink
and Raptor T6 size3 hooks
Dutch angler Hans Moolenaar followed up his successful trip to Italy back in November with a sortee just across the border into Germany and had a brilliant result, well done Hans!
‘Following on from the ‘Italian Job’ in November, with the weather still mild in mid-December I just knew I was going to get myself a carp. Hopefully a decent carp. Being all alone at the water is one of the big advantages when angling in winter, and now I had the whole lake for myself.
Therefore I could fish three different zones, and create at least three changes. The ready tied ESP Chod Rig (size 5) had to do the job, this time an German Job. In Italy I experienced the deadly efficiency of that hook and rig, in combination with an hinged boom made of ESP Twotone. All balanced with a large piece of ESP Tungsten putty.
The reason for choosing the chod rig was not only for the hooking characteristics, but surely also for the holding part. In Italy no fish came off, despite the Big Game fights from the dinghey. In Germany the carp were not that big, but just the same power, with a chance of losing the fish, so I needed as much a good hookhold as possible.
To keep it short, I caught 7 carp in the session, 6 of them during the daytime, not at all bad. Each catch a little bit heavier, starting with an 24,5 lbs mirror, and ending with one of the biggest ladies in the lake of 38,3 lbs.
Interesting to know that two of the four mirrors are at 40 years old and originated from Holland, from a Dutch castle near to the border that had to empty it’s castle channel and remove it’s fish.