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  • Phil Swift - 37lb - Pole Position - 26/06/2021
  • You have to love a first time to the bank, here is "Beadie" at 27lb 8oz stocked in 2017!!.........
  • Heres a lovely bit of "Cleavage" for you, no....seriously that's its name..........
  • Mick Wilson with a 32lb Common.......lovely early evening bite
  • "Big Blue" at a respectful weight of 28lb 4oz...........
  • "The Courier" was more than happy to be held up for the trophy shots...........
  • Look at the colour of this mid 20lb common for "The Belgium Sniper", what a stunner............
  • He even got to name one, so here is "Stairway 2-H"

Phil Swift - 37lb - Pole Position - 26/06/2021

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Week Commencing: Sat 26/06/2021

An unlikely trio brace the tough conditions, a Geordi, a Bailiff and a Belgian Sniper……what a bunch………oh and ITS COMING HOME!!!!....

 

One thing is for sure we are missing anglers badly at the moment, the importance of pressure pushing the fish around the lake is so important and definitely makes a massive difference when their not quite in full feeding mode. Their sexy time is well behind them now and you can tell that at any moment it’s just going to “kick off”, the fish were definitely showing signs of munching with massive areas of fizzing going on especially in “Big Girls” and “Big Southerly”. My personal opinion would be they were on the naturals in the fresh bits of weed but they certainly made themselves known with lots of activity……….  now the excuses are out of the way sit back, relax and let me spin you a tale………..

 

Well im (Phil Swift) in “Pole Position” a favourite little swim of the Bailiffs if its available as it’s so close to office (got to have some perks eh!!....) The plan for the week was to find out what they bloody well wanted!!!! A mix of fresh maize, hemp and pellet around 7 kilos went out initially with the 3 rods all within a rod length of each other at 28 wraps towards the “W”. The baiting was tight, the rods were tight, but I had 3 different hook bait choices. All on spinner rigs (if it aint broke don’t fix it) with size 4 curve shanks. 2 SSM on one, Mainline Link bottom bait tipped with Mainline 12mm pop up on another and a 16mm Mainline Essential Cell popup on the third soaked in isotonic goo. It took a couple of days with topping up the swim to get the first bite WHICH I LOST but!!..... it was good signs and it was on the popup so a fresh one was deployed. Then the snowman rod was away with a scaly small original named “Cleavage” on the Tuesday morning. So that’s 2 takes on 2 different baits so I’m no nearer to figuring out anything. It wasn’t until the Thursday for the next bite to come and at 00.30 in the morning a steam train ripped my middle rod away. No monster again but “Epicano” at 37lb is one stunning original fish and I got some lovely night-time shots with her. It really felt like the fish were gingerly feeding as I had quite a few occurrences and 100 % got done a few times but it wasn’t until the final evening when another 2 fish slipped that the next action was upon me. A sparkling new 2021 stocky and a lovely scaly dark 27 ½ mirror was a lovely finish to the week. Plenty of work done in the days and a few fish on the bank I mean this job is what dreams are made of :D……… 

 

So that’s the Bailiff covered well what about the “Geordie” well…….he is over in “Big Southerly” and goes by the name of Mick Wilson, a conversation with Mike in the office saying we had a guy out from Holland and always the first thing that goes through your mind is the language barrier. We always find ways around this but when Mick Wilson arrived with a “whyeye man” it was almost comical (well it was, I laughed :D) What a bloke I’ve really enjoyed having his company this week, it’s so nice to meet anglers that fish for all the right reasons!!! It’s not all about just catching big fish, the whole experience is just as rewarding. Mick (I hope) has had a lovely week, we have seen some serious storms, sunny days and blood red sunsets and to top it off he bought some Korda pants which you just can’t get in Holland hahaha. Enough dribble, what about the fishing !!!!!!! Well I think its safe to say it was a testing week. The fish were there, Mick did everything right. After the walk around they were stacked up on the marker post and out in front, surely it would be a case of flicking a bare hook out. How wrong we were, fishing out at 14 ½ wraps to the marker post and then out on the hump at 25 ½ wraps were the designated areas to approach. The tail was wagging constantly the fish were there, but the bites were elusive!!! Mick had to wait until Wednesday before his Mainline Link bottom bait tipped with corn produced a landed fish. Unfortunately, a couple of lost fish had got away with wanting a cuddle on previous days, but the steady feeding of Link and maize finally paid off. No monster but “The Courier” had succumbed to his charm and that was Micks first Gigantica carp. This was the start of a flurry of action and a lovely 32lb common also joined the party, the 14 ½ wrap spot to the marker pole doing the business. Mick had switched to D-rigs and the hook holds were phenomenal, great tactic change there pal. The following day brought about another small stocky in the form of “Two and a half weeks” but Mick had to wait until the final night for the spot to kick off again. A 2 fish landed, 2 fish lost it was all action the biggest of the 2 was a lovely 28lb 8oz mirror. Now Micks wife who had a constant barrage of food photos has threatened to put him on a diet so I just had to do the old chocolate cake and custard pudding for the final farewell meal haha, it’s been an absolute pleasure and we hope to see you back very soon my friend!!........

 

That’s 2 of the 3 amigos and now on to the “Belgian Sniper” Jason Van De Merwe, Jason has become a bit of a regular squatter here at Gigantica. he started fishing here a couple of years ago and his passion and enthusiasm for everything Korda and carp fishing is infectious. Jason has come to help us out over the summer and gets the privilege of fishing the nights on either Main or Road lake. A keen football enthusiast too we have had a good laugh watching the mighty England proceed into the quarter finals of the euros and with Jason pretending he’s half English (which he actually is) we thoroughly believe ITS COMING HOME!!!!!!! Football aside he’s actually a darn good angler and at only 18 he can fish as good as any of the top dogs on here. Wasting no time and jumping into “Alcatraz” he set about fishing out to his favourite spot at 28 wraps to the wonky tree. Jason arrived on the Tuesday, so we had a head start on him but not even 24 hours later he had lost 4, YES 4 FISH!!! (sorry mate I said I wouldn’t say anything, but I’m just too honest) :D. Not put off he checked everything!!!! Changed his hooks, double checked the spot, fresh SSM on as this was his chosen plan of attack on spinner rigs, then on the Thursday, he actually slipped not 1 but 2 in the net in the space of an hour. 6am to be precise, I know this as he decided to ring me to tell me he had caught one of the new stockies introduced in the winter this year. So, with the official photos done the newly named “Stairway 2-H” and a mid 20 common were safely swimming back to become future Gigantica monsters. I am going to say a massive thanks to Jason here as he is one hell of a little worker and it’s going to be great having you here for the summer mate. Jason added another small stocky to the tally on the final night being a low 20lb mirror, well done mate you made the most of the fish feeding spells and there’s going to be plenty more weeks to bag those big girls!!!..................

 

All in all, a slow tricky week but friendships made, laughs had, and those fish are just going to feed like mad ANY DAY NOW!!!!!!!..............

 

Until next time guys n gals, tight lines, be lucky and bag a chunk.

Phil