Target Carp for Brad

After a 5 week break from the syndicate lake that had been so kind to me this year I decided to head back down there full of optimism and hopefully land a pig!

Conditions weren’t perfect by any means, but with the warmer weather from the previous few days I knew the fish would be in the shallow areas of the lake, an area they visit often. Upon arrival at the lake I was surprised to see a family paddling around the 4-acre pit in a dingy.

After discovering this was the landowner I scratched my head and went in search of my illusive quarry. Several laps of the lake and 10 nettle stings later no carp had been spotted: my initial thoughts were that the unexpected family paddle had sent the carp down into the depths on lock down.

With no visual signs of carp to go off my decision came down to a gamble, and being a gambling man I edged my bets in an area of the lake I knew well and had produced fish for me in the past. With the warm whisper of a southwesterly wind blowing into the bay I set up camp and got the rods clipped and baited.

After a jungle excursion around to the far margin to drop some Poloni Boilie in, the spots were ready and so was I.


The lake it’s self is a low stocked syndicate water called Ashton. With only 35 fish to go at location was key and although I had no visual signs to go off I was confident that the warm south westerly and shallower areas I was fishing were as good as any to place my traps.

At the heat of the day when my chances of a bite were at a minimum I propelled the rods out 90 yards to the far margin, after battling with a cross wind for 3-4 casts the leads finally hit the mark. With the night approaching and the kettle on now all I needed was a singing Delkim.


It was that magical time of the day, first light and as the sun began to rise I was awoken by a liner, that was it, the gang had arrived, I was then kept awake for several minutes in anticipation of a bite! It didn’t take long as half an hour later my Delkim soon burst into symphony and I was latched onto an angry carp. I’d love to say it was an epic battle and my arm dropped off, however this wasn’t the case, he came in like a dog on a lead and soon found himself chilling in my net. Peering into the net still half a sleep I didn’t realise that this was actually one of my target fish and one of the big girls, Moon Scale was mine!

The sun felt warm through the haze, the birds began their acrobatics as they skimmed the water’s surface picking off the new hatch, a new day had begun. Moon Scale had been given the courtesy rest period which all my carp are given despite the length of the fight and as oxygen levels are lower at this time of year I tend to give them a little longer while I arrange my camera gear for a photo of my prize.

I safely removed the fish from the water and onto the mat, I pealed back the sticky mesh and there she was the Moon Scale, all spawned out and looking very upset. This fish hardly ever sees the bank and was last captured almost 4 years ago. The needle span around to 25lb 7oz not a monster to some but to me it’s all about the look and history of the fish…and this fish had an abundance of both.


A few quick snaps and she was released and added to the memory bank. She was caught on my favourite rig for soft bottoms, my own interpretation of the d-rig used for critically balanced baits. Rig components were constructed of fox Camotex soft coated braid, a size 5 SSP hook, a 3.5oz flat pear lead on a lead clip system and finally the hook bait was a spiced up Poloni Wafter soaked in the X-Cite Chilli Oil.

Bait-Tech products have accounted for a great deal of this seasons success, having a fantastic bait you are confident in makes a great deal of difference to your fishing and as I keep proving to myself the Poloni Boilie is one great bait.

Until next time, tight lines and keep hauling.

Brad Lewis
Carp Team

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