Brad's Big Fish Bonanza

Brad's Big Fish Bonanza

Brad's 27lb 14oz linear

Brad Hancock’s campaign for massive bream on a vast Northern water proved fruitful…here’s how he caught a 9.14 bream, an 8 lb tench and his PB carp!

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Brad's 9-14-0 beast of a bream

Brad's 9-14-0 beast of a bream

The locals call it the dolphin show, scores of huge bream…

I love tackling a new water, but my latest adventure is my biggest challenge yet. On my first visit, I chucked the fish finder out, and it was ridiculously deep, with a bottom like a moonscape and big, dense beds of weed. An old guy walking around the lake told me it is in fact an open cast mine, which was flooded with water decades ago.

Stood on the bank, I was pondering how to tackle such an awkward venue - and was beginning to wonder whether it would even be worth it. Then I saw them. The locals call it the dolphin show, scores of huge bream breaking the surface in the middle of the lake, porpoising. It lasted for about ten minutes, then they were gone. But I just had to have a go at this big, mysterious lake….

1. TIMING IST ALLES

Zu dieser Jahreszeit gibt es drei Hauptbisszeiten. Wenn möglich, müssen Sie Ruten im Wasser für alle drei zu geben, sich die beste Chance, den Schaden zu tun.

Die erste ist am frühen Morgen, wenn die Sonne aufgeht. Der zweite ist zur Mittagszeit, wenn das Wasser am wärmsten ist. Der letzte Zeitpunkt ist bei Einbruch der Dunkelheit, also kurz vor Einbruch der Dunkelheit.

2. IHRE OPTIONEN ABDECKEN

Brad benutzt, wenn möglich, zwei Ruten, um mehr Gewässer abzudecken und mit Ködern zu experimentieren. Drei Köder sind alles, was er mitnimmt. Maden, mit denen er am liebsten angelt, einige der Vortex Baits Insecto Boilies und Pellets. Er schätzt die Vielseitigkeit der Fjuka-Pellets, da sie es ihm ermöglichen, die Farbe zu ändern und je nach Bedarf größere oder kleinere Köder herzustellen.

3. FARBE IST SCHLÜSSEL

Nicht genug Leute achten auf die Köderfarbe. Schwarz ist die traditionelle Köderfarbe für Barben, und obwohl sie an manchen Tagen großartig ist, gibt es viele Gelegenheiten, bei denen Barben andere Farben bevorzugen. Ein Wechsel zwischen zwei schwarzen Fatboys und zwei roten Fatboys führte zu einer sofortigen Reaktion an diesem Tag.

My first 6 visits bought just one fish and I lost it!

I did see a bream caught, and at 9lb it wasn’t to be sniffed at - but, it was becoming increasingly obvious that these fish wouldn’t feed in the daytime - or at least not in the glaring spring sunshine. So it was back with the bivvy for a night session.

As the sun began to rise, I got my reward. A screaming take and a good fish was hooked. The fight was nerve-racking, and with painful memories of my lost fish still in my head, I let out a yelp of relief as I slid the net under a huge, nodding dog.

It went 9-14-0 on the scales - not the double I was hoping for, but an awesome creature.

Brad's bait: Fjuka Wafter in neutral natural with corn

This Brace fell to a change in tactics

Change of tactics…

My approach up to now had been aggressive feeding with sweet groundbait and natural baits, laced with a very sparing amount of Fjuka 2in1. My theory was that this would bring the big hungry fish to feed confidently - but not fill them up too quickly.

With a bed of bait, I reckoned the bream could really get their heads down. And that’s when I hoped one of them would slip up and take my hookbait. But so far all my efforts were met with meagre reward. Time for a change!

I had been fishing in about 20ft of water (though the lake is over three times this depth in the middle) mainly because I found a nice, flat, clean area to present my bait at that depth. But now I decided to move further up the lake, to a shallow corner, where I began to employ a different tactic.

1. TIMING IST ALLES

Zu dieser Jahreszeit gibt es drei Hauptbisszeiten. Wenn möglich, müssen Sie Ruten im Wasser für alle drei zu geben, sich die beste Chance, den Schaden zu tun.

Die erste ist am frühen Morgen, wenn die Sonne aufgeht. Der zweite ist zur Mittagszeit, wenn das Wasser am wärmsten ist. Der letzte Zeitpunkt ist bei Einbruch der Dunkelheit, also kurz vor Einbruch der Dunkelheit.

2. IHRE OPTIONEN ABDECKEN

Brad benutzt, wenn möglich, zwei Ruten, um mehr Gewässer abzudecken und mit Ködern zu experimentieren. Drei Köder sind alles, was er mitnimmt. Maden, mit denen er am liebsten angelt, einige der Vortex Baits Insecto Boilies und Pellets. Er schätzt die Vielseitigkeit der Fjuka-Pellets, da sie es ihm ermöglichen, die Farbe zu ändern und je nach Bedarf größere oder kleinere Köder herzustellen.

3. FARBE IST SCHLÜSSEL

Nicht genug Leute achten auf die Köderfarbe. Schwarz ist die traditionelle Köderfarbe für Barben, und obwohl sie an manchen Tagen großartig ist, gibt es viele Gelegenheiten, bei denen Barben andere Farben bevorzugen. Ein Wechsel zwischen zwei schwarzen Fatboys und zwei roten Fatboys führte zu einer sofortigen Reaktion an diesem Tag.

The Winning Combo…

Instead of ploughing in sweet baits, now it was fishmeal. Pellets, boilies, and a much more generous helping of Fjuka 2in1, boosted with some prototype Sensate™ liquid for extra attraction.

And I continued to use the same boosted Fjuka Wafter as a hookbait, topped with a piece of fake corn.

This move proved fruitful. My next night yielded two cracking bream of 9-9-0 and 9-11-0. Finally a plan was coming together. The fish were obviously moving in shallower water, and showing a definite preference for the fishmeal in the feed. I just had to wonder what would happen if I was to venture into even shallower water? Before long, I got my answer…

One of two monster carp caught in the margins

A bonus 8lb Tench

Oh what a night!

This brings me on to my last night’s exploits - something that will stick in my memory for a very long time. The move to shallow water didn’t bring me a single bream. But it did bring me two very large carp, including what is thought to be the biggest in the lake, a 27lb 14oz linear!

The bite was savage, and the fish took me half way across the lake, stripping half the line off my spool before I was able to bring it under control. I’m not sure why, but there is definitely something about Sensate™ that big fish love. Oh - and then just to prove it - an 8lb tench muscled in on the action too!

I see more anglers targeting the carp on this lake than I do the bream, so to catch the biggest known fish in the lake was amazing for me - fish on!


The locals call it the dolphin show, scores of huge bream…

I love tackling a new water, but my latest adventure is my biggest challenge yet. On my first visit, I chucked the fish finder out, and it was ridiculously deep, with a bottom like a moonscape and big, dense beds of weed. An old guy walking around the lake told me it is in fact an open cast mine, which was flooded with water decades ago.

Stood on the bank, I was pondering how to tackle such an awkward venue - and was beginning to wonder whether it would even be worth it. Then I saw them. The locals call it the dolphin show, scores of huge bream breaking the surface in the middle of the lake, porpoising. It lasted for about ten minutes, then they were gone. But I just had to have a go at this big, mysterious lake….

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Brad's bait: Fjuka Wafter in neutral-natural with corn

My first 6 visits bought just one fish and I lost it!

I did see a bream caught, and at 9lb it wasn’t to be sniffed at - but, it was becoming increasingly obvious that these fish wouldn’t feed in the daytime - or at least not in the glaring spring sunshine. So it was back with the bivvy for a night session.

As the sun began to rise, I got my reward. A screaming take and a good fish was hooked. The fight was nerve-racking, and with painful memories of my lost fish still in my head, I let out a yelp of relief as I slid the net under a huge, nodding dog.

It went 9-14-0 on the scales - not the double I was hoping for, but an awesome creature.

This Brace fell to a change in tactics

Change of tactics…

My approach up to now had been aggressive feeding with sweet groundbait and natural baits, laced with a very sparing amount of Fjuka 2in1. My theory was that this would bring the big hungry fish to feed confidently - but not fill them up too quickly.

With a bed of bait, I reckoned the bream could really get their heads down. And that’s when I hoped one of them would slip up and take my hookbait. But so far all my efforts were met with meagre reward. Time for a change!

I had been fishing in about 20ft of water (though the lake is over three times this depth in the middle) mainly because I found a nice, flat, clean area to present my bait at that depth. But now I decided to move further up the lake, to a shallow corner, where I began to employ a different tactic.

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One of two monster carp caught in the margins

The Winning Combo…

Instead of ploughing in sweet baits, now it was fishmeal. Pellets, boilies, and a much more generous helping of Fjuka 2in1, boosted with some prototype Sensate™ liquid for extra attraction.

And I continued to use the same boosted Fjuka Wafter as a hookbait, topped with a piece of fake corn.

This move proved fruitful. My next night yielded two cracking bream of 9-9-0 and 9-11-0. Finally a plan was coming together. The fish were obviously moving in shallower water, and showing a definite preference for the fishmeal in the feed. I just had to wonder what would happen if I was to venture into even shallower water? Before long, I got my answer…

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A bonus 8lb Tench

Oh what a night!

This brings me on to my last night’s exploits - something that will stick in my memory for a very long time. The move to shallow water didn’t bring me a single bream. But it did bring me two very large carp, including what is thought to be the biggest in the lake, a 27lb 14oz linear!

The bite was savage, and the fish took me half way across the lake, stripping half the line off my spool before I was able to bring it under control. I’m not sure why, but there is definitely something about Sensate™ that big fish love. Oh - and then just to prove it - an 8lb tench muscled in on the action too!

I see more anglers targeting the carp on this lake than I do the bream, so to catch the biggest known fish in the lake was amazing for me - fish on!

Tough Fjukas - Big Fish

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