Shimano’s specialist ace Darran Goulder has been in fine form this year, taking several specimens of many species, with his latest catch being some truly enormous specimen rudd. Not only did bank a number of fish over the 3lb mark, but he also blitzed his personal best a number of time during a couple of sessions spent on a new water.
Here’s what he had to say about the amazing sessions…
“I arrived at dawn to start float fishing on a Kent Quarry, but by lunchtime I had only caught tiddlers so decided to move swims for the afternoon. In my second swim of the day, I started feeding some maggots and corn little and often, this area seemed to be alive with fish, smaller rudd taking the maggots as they hit the surface, and a little deeper I could see flashes of gold which looked like some bigger specimens intercepting the corn on the way down.
My float was set to fish on the drop, around 8ft in 12ft of water. Very simple, a puddle chucker with a couple of small dropper shot down the line. Bait was to be two grains of Dynamite scopex corn, to hopefully single out a better stamp of fish.
After 10mins of constant feeding, I flicked the float just past the raft of marginal weed. The float set slowly as each dropper made it's way down the water column... until it was cocked perfectly. A few grains of corn peppered the surface, and before long the float was away. I was using a Purist All Round 12ft float rod, 0.14mm Exage Mainline and a 0.10 Aspire Silk Shock bottom - and the fish certainly put up good account of itself in the clear water. It looked to be a '2' so I popped it straight in the retention net, and got the float back out over the weed.
For nearly an hour the action was frantic, and it was only when the shoal moved on that I had a chance to really reflect on the catch. I had beat my old 2.4 PB several times over the spell, with fish of 2.1, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8, 2.14 and 3.2.
My next trip out was with the Angling Times, where the wind was blowing strongly straight into my face, which made the fishing tough! Thankfully, I landed 2 fish over 3lb, the better sample being 3lb 4oz and a new PB”