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from Simon McCabe’s Banklife Adventures

Simon heads to Asbury Fisheries near Hatfield Peverel in Essex, for a weekend on the 9 acre Mere lake. There's a good head of big English carp here with the lake being known as the home of Hendrix, a warrior of a fish that sadly died last year. Simon's drawn peg 1 and has clear water in front of him with the water ranging from 6-16 ft and a few Carp already topping. Simon's neighbour catches a clonker, a Mere original, so he heads over to take a look at Swirlytail, a 35lb 10oz Common. Simon patiently sits it out but with no reward, he spends some time with Ash, the lake's owner who gives him the lowdown on the lake and it's impressive stock. Ash explains how he's changed the lake since taking over from a syndicate only to a mix of syndicate and exclusive bookings and how a stealthy approach is key here. Simon visits the stock pond and hears how Ash got some of the spawn from Hendrix's last outing to create a new generation of this famous fish. Returning to his swim, Simon decides to make up a new bait mix but instead of spodding it out which he knows will scare these spooky fish, he gets out his all singing all dancing bait boat to deliver the payload. Evening passes, as does the night and as day 2 gets underway, Simon's staring down the barrel of a blank. It seems the fish have moved to the other end of the lake, but can he salvage something from the session?


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