Greening brothers smash up Brasenose to qualify in the BCACs!

Brad Greening continued his run of great carp catching form going into a British Carp Angling Championships qualifier, with his brother Rob, and they finished well clear of their nearest challengers.

It made sense to opt for a qualifier on Linear Fisheries’ Brasenose 1, as Brad had already had some good hits on there and knew the areas where the fish would likely be, but even he wasn’t expecting quite such a good result, as they shared 31 fish for a total of 625lb 13 oz.

That included four fish over 30lb – one of which was one of the biggest in the lake at 39lb – and put them well clear of Karl Palmer and Cal Gutterage in second place with 25 fish for 494lb 1oz, and third-placed Cliff Kemp and Karl Pitcher with six fish for 130lb 10oz. Of the remaining nine pairs that entered, there were only three other fish caught, with seven of the teams blanking!

Brad revealed: “We both enjoy long range fishing and we know the venue fairly well, so it seemed to be a good bet and we’d both been up there to practice a few times.

“We’d established that zig rigs were to be the plan of attack and in the colder weather we knew exactly the areas that we wanted to be fishing in, and all we needed was a good draw as that could make or break the session before the starting hooter even sounded!

“The draw was nerve-wracking and we came out seventh, but still managed to get in our first choice of swim, which was a result.

“It was absolutely freezing with a cold wind, and we’d established that although the Brasenose fish reacted to the sound of a spod in the warmer months, in the cold they definitely don’t. So we decided to fish single zigs to start with and adjust accordingly, and we’d also opted to fish right out in the middle away from the pressure and wrapped all the rods up at 33 wraps (132 yards) which was the maximum we were allowed to fish at from our swim.

“The hooter went at 12pm and I had both rods set at 7ft – one on a red Zig Aligna with red foam, and the other on orange foam tipped with maggots – and at 3pm I had the first bite of the competition and after a long slow battle the fish was in the net. Getting the first fish under your belt in a match situation is always a massive relief and this one was even more special as it was 39lb!

“The evening soon drew to a close and zigs were the plan of action for the night ahead, and the plan was to change the depth of them every hour until we found the fish. We worked out that they were at 5ft and by the morning had landed five fish for over 150lb for a comfortable lead over second place with one fish for 36lb.

“It was late morning when the action started hotting up and the fish were clearly going around in shoals in the middle – it would be quiet for a while, then the action would come thick and fast. We were getting double or even triple takes resulting in pure carnage!

“Again during the day 7ft zigs in 13ft of water was producing the goods, and by the evening we’d landed 25 fish and were on over 500lb. Amongst the action, that included a further three thirties, plus two at 29lb 12oz, and several others over 25lb – who says match fishing is for small fish!

“Although technically we are using two rods each, it is more like four between us as you’re working as a team and often I would be casting or playing fish on Rob’s rods whilst he was re-rigging spare rods, or vice versa, so that as soon as a fish is in the net another rod is ready to go out as every second with a bait in the water counts.

“We led from the start to the finish and sailed through into the semi-final, next stop Walthamstow Reservoirs!”

Successful tactics included Zig Alignas with size 8 Mixa hooks to Guru N-Gage hook links and 10lb Touchdown main line with 50lb Arma-Kord leaders.