Cracking first session of the season for Dan Essery April 2021

Written by Dan
“Arrived at Mallard Lake about 11am and managed to secure peg 11 Don’s swim when Darren Lamb was leaving..
Lake had not really done much, but the weather was against those that had braved the weather the week before. But I was looking forward to my session.
I proceeded to bait the channel about rod length of the left island just in front of the over hang tree with large bed of hemp and JM boilies scattered.
Rods set and was using Bait Guru their jungle mix with essential fruit wafters, they never let me down.. On the first night I caught the elusive bright gold koi which weighed 19lb 14oz.
A few hours later I had a cat of 21lb which took the bait on the drop, I then cast a single hookbait out to the right of the tree which then resulted in 11.4 common carp this was around midday. Nothing happened until about 2.30am when I had a couple of bleeps then stopped at 3am. I had screaming run on the right hand rod, I could see lights on in peg 3 and heard Ben Edwards say “oh no” I thought maybe one of us had the run and it picked up each others lines, wrong my take slowly came in and resulted in a 28lb common carp, I messaged Ben and he video called me to say his wife had a 32lb common, I know he was fishing to the point of the right island and sure these fish were feeding together as we weren’t that far off each others baited spots.. great result.
Things were steady and I had a 20lb mirror followed up with a lovely leather carp of 22lb 8oz. I also took 3 cats of 40lb, 42lb and a 50lb 8oz cat.
My Dad Colin came down and fished whilst I went to help my brother in law work  and he had a 19lb cat and lost one.
Things went quiet after the Friday when we had a cold frost overnight.
I finished with 5 carp and 6 cats and happy with the carp that I had.
Overall great week and again thank you Wintons for an enjoyable week and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks time.”