Carp Academy duo break their PBs again!

There’s no stopping Lewis Mulberry and Harry Willats at the moment, with both of them breaking their personal bests again!

The pair, who attended this year’s Carp Academy, decided to try targeting a harder water and selected Barleylands, which is deep and weedy, and their trip produced mirrors to 32lb 4oz for Lewis and one of 29lb 7oz for Harry.

Lewis revealed: “I noticed three fish feeding 20 yards out and already had my surface rod set up with a 30g Interceptor, 11lb Zig Line to a size 8 Krank hook and a cut-down Cell pop-up, so I quickly cast it out beyond the fish and reeled it back until it was amongst them. I pretty much instantly had a take and that resulted in my first fish from the water, a nice 19lb 4oz common.

“I cast out two zigs for the night but nothing happened and so the next morning I packed up all my gear and sat in a swim in the centre of the lake, where I put out six Spombs of mixers about 50 yards out and after about ten minutes one carp came in and had a little feed before drifting off.

“Five minutes later he was back with a mate and this time they were competing against each other so I cast out and one of them came up and took my pop-up, and after a long fight, where it stripped yards of line from my clutch, I landed a 24lb mirror.

“It went slow for the next three hours and no fish were feeding so I put out more mixers and they started to drift out about 70 yards or so, and four good fish started eating them. I cast out and my palms were sweating as they were all around my hookbait, but nothing happened, so I wound in to check my rig and all was fine.

“I cast it back out where the mixers were drifting and I saw a mirror come up and take a mixer, and it my hookbait! After a long battle it was in the net and up on the scales she weighed 32lb 4oz, a new PB for me after two 48 hour blanks – the Academy really helped me.”

Lewis wasn’t the only one to find some action at the venue, with Harry managing to catch one off of the bottom.

He revealed: “I moved round to the Willow swim, where I had seen fish crashing all morning, and put out three kilos of Urban Baits Red Spicy Fish boilies in the margins and spodded a couple of kilos out to the edge of a weedbed.

“At around 2am my rod in the margins screamed off and 20 minutes later after an epic battle I waded out and landed myself a new PB, a stunning 29lb 7oz mirror, a rare visitor to the bank I’ve been told.

“After Lewis had come round and we’d got some photos I just sat up all night, still not able to believe I had caught such a stunning fish.”

He tempted it using a bottom bait tipped by a 12mm washed out pink pop-up, presented on a size 6 Wide Gape hook to 20lb Dark Matter braid, fished helicopter style with a No Trace system.