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FIRSTLY, from all at ACE, happy New Year to you all!

To say the last few weeks have been unseasonably mild would be a huge understatement. Take this morning for instance, on the way in to work the onboard thermometer read a crazy 10 degrees centigrade at 6am!

These conditions have triggered many fish to go on the munch big style, and for those anglers that have managed to escape to the bankside, a few fish have come their way.

Iain Macmillan nets 20lb+ carp at Abbey Lakes

ACE Gravity LFL

Iain Macmillan enjoyed a fantastic short break when he made the relatively short journey across the channel to fish Abbey Lake in France.

Over the course of 4 day, Iain enjoyed some cracking cold-water sport with many fish to over 20lb in weight.

All of his fish were taken on single grains of plastic corn to avoid the abundant crayfish stocks. This was fished over large beds of Dynamite Chilli Hempseed and XL corn, using a rig comprising of 20lb ACE Re-action hooklink and a size 10 ACE Razor Point BBP hook.

Iain was also fishing with our soon to be released Gravity LFL. This lead free leader sinks like a brick and as it contains no inner core, its subtle properties help it to hug the contours of the bottom and lay inconspicuously out of the way.

It also benefits from a camouflage weave that is broken up with different shades at various points along its length, making it unique product.

Another angler getting amongst some decent fish overseas was Dan Cleary. With some time free time at his disposal, Dan made the decision to get over to his beloved Belgium canals to try once again for their monstrous occupants.

Dan was only on a 48-hour session, by managed to bag one lump of a mirror weighing in at over 30lb. This fish took a liking to his double Monster Tiger Nut offering fished over Dynamite Baits Frenzied Hempseed and Chopped Tigers, fished on a standard bottom bait rig comprising of ACE Camo Core Silt in 25lb.

Dan Cleary nets big with this 30lb+ mirror on the Belgium canals


Keeping the overseas theme, we have also heard word from Max Cottis regarding another good catch of fish from Rainbow. Whilst he managed to land some cracking fish to well over 60lb, he was also on hand to photograph the enormous ‘Eric’s Common’ at an enormous weight over 90lb! We’ll have details of Max’s catch next time here in the Angler’s Mail carp blog.

Even though I haven’t been out on the bank targeting carp recently, I have been out employing similar tactics for barbel. This is a species that I rarely target due to my geographic location, but every now and then the opportunity arises. Whilst briefly fishing a swollen River Kennet into dusk, I managed a cracker of 9lb.

ACE blog writer Matt Rand with his 9lb barbel


Not a monster for most, but it was enough to keep me happy! This fish picked up a 15mm Marine Halibut and Sea Salt boilie fished on a running 4oz lead and a two-foot 15lb Re-Action hooklink. If only there were more barbel around my neck of the woods!

Until next time, all the best for 2013!



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