December brace for Gavin Cain after finding the fish!

Spotting a fish show upon his arrival at the Essex Quarry had Gavin Cain rushing back to his car for his gear before anyone else had a chance to move onto it!

It took him a while to get a bite, but once the first one came he managed to end up banking two carp, as well as losing one, with the best being an old-looking 31lb common, along with a 21lb mirror.

He explained: “I parked the car and whilst looking round I saw a small common throw itself out of the water near a snaggy margin, which was a good start but some of the anglers on the far bank had also spotted it, so I quickly got some kit into the peg to claim it.

“I settled down for an uneventful first night, but you could feel how mild it was for the time of year and as I drifted off to sleep a breeze began to blow into the bay I was fishing.

“By the following afternoon it had turned into a steady wind and looked perfect for where I had positioned my rods, and the fish had begun to turn on as well, rolling and poking their heads out.

“I was getting impatient as evening approached, and then just into darkness I had a take on the left-hand rod, but it came off almost as soon as I lifted into it. The rig seemed okay, but I switched back to my faithful Longshank rig and sat back in the bivvy feeling a little dejected and wondering if I had blown my chance.

“I made myself a cuppa but before I got the chance to finish it the middle rod, fished on a chod, melted off and this time all held firm and I was able to bundle a large fish into the net – a quick look told me that it was a December ‘thirty’!

“I let it rest whilst I was sorting the rods out again, and I was just tying on a fresh bait when the right-hand alarm let out a few bleeps and the bobbin rose slowly, and I was into my third fish in the space of just a few hours. After a short battle I landed an angry low-20 mirror. Having two carp sulking in front of you is a great feeling at any time of the year, but being December, it was even sweeter!

“The next day the conditions changed, with fog rolling in and it felt totally dead, but I decided to do an extra night anyway as I’d seen so much activity the previous day, but not a single fish even showed. This just highlights how quickly carp can respond to a change in weather.”