Temple Lake Latest Catches week ending 21/5/17
There’s been no let-up in the action, with another four ‘thirties’ reported in the past week, taking the total to 28 in the past nine weeks including The Ghost at its biggest ever weight of 40 lb 10 oz for a new personal best.
Terry Burns, from Littlehampton, was the successful angler, ending a run of six blanks with a 145 lb haul of five carp that also included one of 32 lb 4 oz.
Terry’s fish weighed 40 lb 10 oz, 32 lb 4 oz, 29 lb 7 oz, 26 lb 5 oz and 17 lb 3 oz, and came during a 48-hour session using single 18 mm Mainline Cell bottom baits over a scattering of free offerings.
The Ghost was last reported four weeks ago at 39 lb 1 oz to Simon Longhurst, who also had it back in May 2015 at 39 lb 4 oz, and it went 39 lb 10 oz in December that year, and 39 lb 2 oz last May, 39 lb 10 oz last October and 39 lb 1 oz in April this year.
Its previous biggest weight was at 40 lb exactly, to Barry Osbourn, in May 2010.
Among the other big fish landed was Two Tone at 36 lb 8 oz (see photos below) for Alan Wright, just a week after its previous capture at 1 lb lighter by Mark Constable.
Alan was fishing peg 3 with single 20 mm krill boilies cast tight to the island, and also had a 28 lb mirror carp on his 24-hour session to get off the mark in style on Temple.
Tony Sawyers had a 32 lb 2 oz mirror carp, along with another of 21 lb and a smaller fully scaled, on CC Moore boilies over crushed offerings at peg 9.
And Ewan Fuller landed a 30 lb 8 oz common from peg 11, along with fully scaled fish of 17 lb and 15 lb, on 18 mm CC Moore Live System boilies.
He was fishing with his brother, who was on peg 10, who had a 29 lb 8 oz common and a 16 lb mirror on single 12 mm CC Moore Live System bottom baits and Northern Special pop-ups.
Josh Knight had a brace of ‘twenties’, a 29 lb common and a 23 lb 15 oz mirror (see photos below), from peg 10 on single 18 mm Mainline Essential Cell bottom baits with PVA sticks cast into the channel between the islands.
And alongside him, at peg 11, dad Gary had four fish, all of them ‘twenties’, a 26 lb 6 oz common, a 22 lb 10 oz mirror, a 21 lb 7 oz fully scaled and a 20 lb 5 oz mirror, on the same bait as Josh, in the island margins.
Last week we reported how Conor Cook, from Westcott, had a 32 lb 12 oz common and a brace of ‘twenties’, one of the ‘twenties’ being a common of 28 lb 8 oz known as White Spot, which is up a couple of pounds on its normal weight, on single 18 mm Cell bottom baits with small PVA bags in open water at peg 12.
Last week we posted a picture of the biggest of the three fish, and he has sent us photos of the other two, which are posted below.
Last week we reported how fishing pals John Mason and Terry Baker both bagged ‘thirties’ on a shared session, John’s being a 32 lb 4 oz common, to which he added a 29 lb 15 oz common, and Terry had a 32 lb 2 oz mirror and another of 29 lb 14 oz.
They have sent pictures of their fish, which are posted below.
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