Dean tackles a new water and lands some crackers!

Dean Macey had been considering swapping his fishing rods for golf clubs for a few weeks at what is normally his least favourite time of the year for being out on the bank!

But the Big Fish Off star was glad that he didn’t, when he paid a visit to a local syndicate water and ended up landing four stunning looking carp to low 20s.

Dean explained: “It’s fair to say that summer is my least favourite time of the year and for the last few seasons I’ve put the rods away for a few weeks and swung the golf sticks about for a change, but this year I can’t seem to shake that burning desire to get a bend in the rod and I constantly find myself working we week around potential trips!

“My latest trip was to Essex Carp Syndicates’ The Mill, a venue that I’ve been meaning to visit for the last few seasons due to the stunning heavily-plated mirrors that reside there. I arrived around lunchtime and did a quick lap of the lake – at nine acres it isn’t massive, but every swim seems to fish its own bit of water with bays, rushes and overhanging trees, so I was spoilt for choice on where to start!

“A nice fresh wind was blowing, and I couldn’t help but favour being on the end of it, so I clipped up two rods tight to some rushes at 50 yards, across the other side of a bay. I opted to start on solid PVA bags filled with a mixture of Mainline Spod and PVA pellet mix, plus Hinders Barbel Bomb groundbait. This was fished with a simple rig with a size 6 Kurv Shank hook to four inches of 15lb Dark Matter braid and a 2.5oz flat pear lead, with a piece of Fake Food Fruity Squid maize completing the set-up.

“I could see the odd shape moving along the reed-line, and about an hour later one of the rods was off as a scale-perfect 21lb common picked up the bait. Soon after that though the wind changed and started blowing into a different bay, and after that I never saw another fish, so it was time for a move.

“I managed to get back on them and got the rods out just before dinner, and as I sat slurping down my chicken and mushroom Pot Noodle, my left-hand rod, which was fished literally against my own bank, tore into life. After a scrappy fight she slipped over the net, and I could see that even though she wasn’t big – weighing 18lb 8oz – she was one of the scaly ones that I joined the lake for, a really stunning looking creature!

“As I sat finishing off my cold and soggy noodles, the same rod hooped round again and this time the fight was more dogged and at first I thought it was a bigger fish. But when she rolled over the net I could see that she was a similar size, but once again was mega looking, and although the weight wasn’t important to me, the scales settled on 21lb 12oz.

“I was awoken early the next morning as the sun shone straight into my Tempest brolly, and as I sat up I saw a good-looking mirror roll not far from the ‘danger’ rod, and minutes later it was away.

“I played this one with kid gloves as the fish that had poked its head out looked significantly bigger than the first three fish had, but I soon became aware that a sneaky little common had gatecrashed the party, but at around 18lb it was still a nice wake-up call.

“My alarm clock soon signaled that it was time to pack up and head home, but for now at least, those golf bats will be staying locked away, as I have a sneaky feeling that I will be back on the bank very soon!”