Luke Vallory takes us back a few summers when a planned filming trip to the Quarry in Essex could not have gone any better.
It was midsummer and I had been fishing on the Quarry in Essex. It truly is a wonderful lake that holds everything that a carp angler could dream of. I had already caught a few nice fish on the odd session, but this trip had added pressure: the guys from Sticky were down to do some filming. This wasn’t something that I had done before, so behind my excitement and optimism, I was filled with nerves.
I did a quick overnighter before work a few days before the guys were due down and managed a couple of lovely looking fish, the biggest being a black looking mirror of just over 20lb.
I returned a couple of days later and got back in the swim that had produced the fish for me. I was fishing a firm silty area in a body of water that the fish use a lot to travel from the islands to the shallows and weedy areas. In other words, there is always a lot of ‘traffic’ going through the swim, so I decided to give it to them.
I had never really filled it in, so to speak, but it felt right to do so. I filled a big 10kg bucket with a mixture of whole, halved and crushed Vor-Tex and Krill boilies, as well as a good mix of Bloodworm Pellets. To this I added a whole litre of Pure Krill Liquid and let it settle for 20 minutes before Spombing the lot out to the spot.
I cast two rigs to the spot, one with a snowman and the other with a Krill wafter. The third rod was cast tight to an island at the bottom of the shelf. I attached a small stick to my little wafter rigs. I scattered a few freebies around the island rod, sat back and relaxed.
That evening I managed a nice, scaly mid-double mirror from the island rod, but I awoke the following morning having not even had so much as a liner during the night. I could make out the odd bubble over the spot in the morning, but nothing to tell me that I had made the right decision to put so much bait out...
Just as my doubts began to settle in, one of the rods fished on this area was away. A simply epic battle followed. It kited around to the next swim to my right where it weeded itself and I had to jump in the boat. Once above it, I got the fish moving – then I caught a glimpse of the carp’s tail and I knew what I had hooked. After a few more hairy moments, Joe did the honours with the net and I had landed the biggest fish in the lake! It was a mirror known as Shoulders and she weighed 37lb 2oz – what an incredible buzz! I was over the moon and, after a few pictures and a short piece to camera, she glided off back into her clear-water home.
Amazingly enough, an hour or so later the island rod was away too. This was a fish known as Baby Raddish, another Quarry original. I was now content with my result; anything else would just be a bonus.
Fortunately for me, that wasn’t the end of it. Before I packed up the following day, the island rod was away again, this time a stunning 20lb mirror.
What a session!