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Jordan Pashley notched up the best-ever catch from Cambridgeshire’s Monks Pit when he landed 24 chunky carp, topped by a 50 lb 8 oz mirror. The 23-year-old decided on an extended trip to the syndicate venue after he had to cancel a French holiday due to Covid-19 restrictions.
He included four doubles, nine 20s, seven 30s and three 40s in the impressive hit.
Jordan hails from Arlesey, in Bedfordshire, the birthplace of specimen fishing godfather Dick Walker’s famous Arlesey bomb leger weight.
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He told us: “Almost instantly after getting the rods out, the first take came, but due to the ‘kelp’ it was unfortunately one-nil to the carp.
“It was clear that the fish were up for a feed, so I prepared my mix of Sticky Baits The Krill Active boilies, Ellipse pellets and corn and deposited four Spombs over each rod in anticipation of some action.
“With the bait now over the rigs, my confidence was high, and it didn’t take long for the second bite to occur. The fish gave me an absolute war, constantly trying to get in the marginal Canadian weed, but after a battle it eventually went over the net cord. I peered in and realised I’d bagged Blackspot, at 48 lb 4 oz, a new PB by 2 lb 4 oz.
“As night came on the first day, I was buzzing with excitement, but little did I know what was about to happen.
“It was around 3am, and the middle rod let out a few bleeps. I knew that if it was a bite, I couldn’t risk the fish taking line due to the ‘kelp’ being such a problem.
“Once I connected, I instantly walked back to steer it away from danger and gain the upper hand early in the fight.
“A very slow battle followed, and once it rolled in the margin I knew it was yet another good fish, and it was a fish called The Peach, at 50 lb 8 oz.
“I decided to have a celebratory cup of tea. Just as the kettle boiled, the left-hand rod was away, resulting in a 30 lb 4 oz mirror. This really was turning into a dream session!
“From then on I caught consistently throughout, despite the weather changes, and it seemed the more bait I put out in front of them, the more they wanted it. Constant slicking came on the spots, and there wasn’t a point where I didn’t think I wouldn’t get a bite.
“Even while I was packing up I was still receiving bites, and yet another of the A-team slipped up, a fish called Your Mrs, at 46 lb 6 oz.
“Even though the issue with ‘kelp’ meant I lost fish, the bailiffs still believe it’s the best session anyone’s ever had on the pit, which is a massive thing to say.
“I went through 35 kg of The Krill Active, 7 kg of pellets and two trays of corn, fishing with either pink Mulbz Pastels or yellow Signature Squids, mounted on a really simple knotless knot hair-rig, balanced with a small split shot.
“What a week! Five nights with just 14 hours of sleep the entire time. As the saying goes, effort equals reward,” concluded Jordan.
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