Josh Bennett's Short-Session Chunk

With just a couple of hours to get a bite, Josh Bennett proves that preparation does pay! It only took him ten minutes!

“With time at work eating into any spare time last week, I sat at home preparing the rods for a few stalking sessions during the evenings and mornings both before and after.

Being on shift means that each week the patterns are different. This week, I planned a single afternoon/evening session and looked at the weather conditions. I knew a spot close to the bank where the wind would turn and push into so I popped down the evening before and waded to the spot. I stood up to my waist in the chesties and turned a bucket of Hinders hemp and Tails Up OCM upside down and watched it drop neatly onto the area.

Satisfied, I returned the next day and found fish cruising and sunbathing in the bay housing my newly baited spot. I crept out from under the canopy and saw a fish not a rod length from me. I immediately recognised it as the biggest in the pond and froze. She drifted past slowly and being perpendicular to me, illustrated her vast bulk – very impressive. After she had gone far enough from my view, I lowered the rig, teasing the lead through the water column to kick the rig straight. I slackened everything off and returning to the bank; I watched.

The big girl returned and for a moment dropped onto the spot. Momentarily, my heart thumped as the line plucked on the surface and I changed vision to the spot expecting to see a flash of panic from her as she was hooked. Instead, she waddled off from view and went further into the bay. A short while later, she returned with another big fish. The two dropped almost vertically onto the spot and my heart quickened once more. Instantly, the clutch fizzed into life and I connected with the fish. I expected a flash of mirror like scales but instead a common was the culprit.

The fish was so broad it could only have been the second-largest fish in the pond, twisting and powering into the bay to my left. A short scrap followed under the tip, with me nervously netting the fish where I had hooked it. I was very pleased and stood alone in the margins doing a little carpy jig!

Upon reading the scales, I wondered how big the largest resident would have been. The common weighed 39lb 14oz and was caught using a clear Hybrid leader and 3oz COG system, my usual five inches of N-Trap Soft in 15lb and a size-8 Kurv Shank.

I've left them to it this week as they are starting to spawn, but it just goes to prove that being prepared can sometimes bring results within only 10 minutes fishing. Happy days!”