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Bob Nudd

Mark & Lee Stokes Masterclass Day Decoy Lakes

30.03.2015

great catch Lee

great catch Lee

This was a special combined birthday present from Mark and Lee’s families. The wonderful Decoy lakes near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire was the chosen venue. Diane the owner had kindly allowed them both to use a keepnet.

Mark with his first fish

Mark with his first fish

 

It was a cool bright morning with a strong westerly wind. One corner of Beastie lake looked well sheltered so we decided to fish there. Both anglers opted to fish the method feeder after already having success from spending the previous 3 days fishing on the venue.

Lees first fish a small F1

Lees first fish a small F1

Well soaked 2mm Van Den Eynde carp pellets and fishmeal groundbait was the mix with a cocktail of a banded 6mm pellet tipped with either double dead red maggots or sweetcorn. It was a slow start much expected as the water temperature was still very low. Mark was the first to catch. It was a skimmer about 1lb, then Lee hooked into a small F1. After midday the action speeded up and soon both of them were catching well. Lee caught the biggest fish of the day, but his technique is not to be recommended, when rushing to pick up his rod he tripped over his landing net handle, did a double summersault and ended up playing the fish flat on his back.

We left the bank at about 5 pm both of them having had a brilliant day, catching about 40lbs of fish each.

Bob

Some more pictures:

 an unusual 2lb golden tench

an unusual 2lb golden tench

a quality 2lb bream

a quality 2lb bream

a 3lb tench

a 3lb tench

Mark's biggest fish a beautiful 6lb mirror carp

Mark’s biggest fish a beautiful 6lb mirror carp

biggest fish of the day an 8lb mirror carp in perfect condition

biggest fish of the day an 8lb mirror carp in perfect condition

great catch Mark

great catch Mark

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