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THIS barn owl called Luna is a charm for Mike Kernaghan – ‘helping him’ catch this 19 lb 14 common plus his main target fish on top.
Mike added the 25 lb 9 oz half linear mirror on just his second trip with his new bird of prey joining him.
The 24-year-old welder from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, tempted the brace from a local reservoir using Nash Citruz pop-ups.
Urban carp hunter Mike explained: “Luna’s brought some good luck! She is 13-weeks-old, and this was just her second session but she’s becoming a permanent part of my tackle as she’s brought no ends of luck in the two sessions she’s had, catching four targets in two sessions with her!”
CARP guide Adam Penning was showing two customers how it’s done before he matted this rarely-caught 38 lb 2 oz mirror. The 45-year-old from Chelmsford, Essex, tackled the Quarry where he found a good margin spot with his feet before baiting with snails he’d collected from the water and a few Sticky Baits Krill boilies.
TEENAGER Kaine Sharp was chuffed when his first river session on his local Medway produced this 19 lb 10 oz mirror plus others of 19 lb 2 oz and 15 lb 4 oz. The 15-year-old from Sevenoaks, Kent, legered Mainline Cell pop-ups over Malted Milk freebies.
ANTHONY POTTON set a new PB and also a venue record for Hendre Lake in South Wales with this stunning mirror of 30 lb 4 oz. The 37-year Middlesbrough exile, who now lives near the fishery in Cardiff, offered a home-made boilie and added a 22 lb 7 oz sample.
INTERIOR designer Katie Watkinson is a top lady carper and nailed this mirror of 31 lb 8 oz on her latest trip to a local Essex club water. The 27-year-old fished to the far bank at 90 yards with 22 wraps with a CC Moore Live System boilie over 2 kg of freebies.
ANDREW RISTE’S first session to the Carp Society’s Farriers Lake couldn’t have been any better as he matted commons of 37 lb 12 oz and 36 lb 8 oz from the Cotswolds venue. Cardiff, South Wales-based Andrew tempted both on a 15 mm Nash 4G squid bottom bait tipped with plastic corn with a kilo of crushed freebies and sweetcorn spodded over the top.
LES MARSH returned to Deepings No.1 syndicate lake where he caught the new Lincolnshire record at 60 lb 5 oz to tempt this 41 lb 10 oz mirror plus another of 33 lb 13 oz. Guisborough, North Yorkshire-based Les, 56, used JH Baits KLF boilies with Hybrid Tackle’s size 4 Armohawk wide gape hooks with Konda hook lengths, fishing 100 freebies and a kilo of Hooked On Baits Blitz mix to an island drop-off.
NATASHA BASHFORD picked up surface fishing straight away when boyfriend Josh Kimble took her for her first attempt at the method and she tricked this 25 lb 12 oz common. The 19-year-old from Lewes, East Sussex, fished a local lake.
TOM LORAINE was plagued by bream during the night on a Lea Valley pit so the next day spent three hours tracking some carp down and the effort brought three fish in four hours topped by this 30 lb mirror. The 32-year-old from St. Albans, Hertfordshire, fished at 90 yards to the back of a bar using Sticky Bait Manila over 3 kg of freebies and 2.5 kilo of bloodworm pellet.
STICKY BAITS marketing manager Jake Wildbore has been manic with the release of their Manilla range but got in an overnighter at Hardwick Lake on Oxfordshire’s Linear complex where he matted this 29 lb 6 oz mirror. The 25-year-old added three others to mid 20s using 12 mm Krill boilies soaked in Pure Krill and coated in Krill Powder.
JAMIE FOX fooled this 45 lb 8 oz mirror with freelining tactics on the Kracking Carp Lake at Devon’s Anglers Paradise. Manchester-based Jamie offered fake corn amongst lilies.