A Brace Of PBs - Tom Kerr

Our current Young British Carp Angling Champion, Tom Kerr has been across the channel enjoying some fruitful action at the picturesque Sky Lakes.

“A few weeks back now, I ventured over to Sky Lakes for the first time with a few of my good friends. The plan was to unwind for the week and hopefully latch into some of the beasts in there.

After a long drive, we had finally arrived and were greeted by a breathtakingly beautiful lake, which makes being cramped in a car for hours worthwhile. Now it was time for us to all choose our swims, my friend and I decided to plot up in a swim known as The Point. It commands a lot of open water and has two bays either side and it was clear to see, the carp were willing to visit these areas on regular basis. They weren’t afraid in giving their cover away; fizzing and crashing all over the left-hand bay and in open water.

With the fish being willing to feed at close range, I opted to fish all my rods on Hinge Stiff rigs, a rig I have huge amount of confidence in recently. Hook bait, I went for the ever-faithful Milky Toffee pop-ups and plopped the rods out for the first few hours as a single hook bait.

It didn’t take long for my rod to burst into action, which resulted in a 31lb 4oz mirror. After making unwanted disturbance, I then decided to bait the areas for the night ahead. It wasn’t until the second night when my session went from good, to unforgettable. I managed to smash my personal best mirror at 44lb 6oz, along with a few twenties to put the cherry on the top of a hectic nights fishing.

After that night of mayhem, it all went quite around the lake and little was caught over the next few days.

So after sitting behind stationary rods, I felt a change of rig and approach was in order. So I opted to set up a Snowman presentation, which consisted of 22mm bottom bait, along with a 16mm Mainline Milky Toffee pop-up. I attached this to a Combi –rig, incorporating 25lb Mouth Trap and 30lb Arma-Kord.

This worked almost immediately, leading to a number of catches including 32lb 8oz, New PB common at 41lb 12oz, along with a few twenties.

As the week came to an end, we all caught, including one of the old chaps on the opposite side landing a whopping 61lb mirror and one of my mates landing the lake record common, which was down in weight, weighing in at 57lb due to being spawned out.

All in all the week had been fantastic, along with meeting some great people, chilling out and catching some stunning fish.

Now, it’s back to work, but the BYCAC is only a few weeks away, which I’m looking forward to. Sadly I’m not competing this year because I’m too old to enter, but it will still be great to see some old and new faces, along with meeting the new champion of 2014.

Until next time,

Tight Lines and be lucky!