We may have a new name on the carp scene after Teddy Cadby contacted Total-Fishing.com following a a stunning series of catches on Northamptonshire’s Welford Reservoir during which he smashed his personal best and beat the lake record to boot with a near 38lb carp known as Baseball Bat.
“After fishing was was allowed again following the coronavirus lockdown in the UK, I was straight back on the bank doing multiple nights on my carp syndicate,” explained Teddy, 22, who started fishing at the age of 13.
“Welford is a 20-acre reservoir when full and holds a stock of approximately 250-300 carp, with around 10 known 30’s. I have been fishing this water for just over a year and had many nice captures including multiple 20lbers but nothing compared to what I have had in recent weeks.
“Following lockdown, the reservoir had been fishing surprisingly tough, with almost no fish coming out despite it being heavily fished. After my first night back on the bank, during the middle of a scorching hot day my marginal rod ripped off.
“After a great 15-minute scrap I’d landed a new PB, smashing my old PB by 7lbs with a beautiful 35lb mirror known as split dorsal. A few blanked nights later, I was back down to my syndicate in search of some more of these sought-after reservoir carp. After an action-less first night, a rod I had been priming on a silty area ripped off. This time another 30lber! I could not believe it, a fish known as Pinch Belly at 32lb 6oz. Not the best-looking fish in the world but an old warrior for sure.
“I could have now gone home a happy man however what happened next still hasn’t sunk in for me. Straight after I had Pinch Belly, I got the rod straight back out and topped up the spot with a few spods of bait. After a few hours it ripped off again – this time however a fairly underwhelming fight, it surprisingly came in like a bream but once it slipped over the cord, I knew it was something special.
“I got it in the sling and let it rest for a few minutes before weighing it and doing the photos. Once it had rested, I got it into the cradle and unzipped the sling – WOW, it was a fish known as Baseball Bat which was another known mid-30.
“With the help of a few other members we got him weighed and was shocked when the scales went round to 37lb 13oz (pictured)- beating the previous lake record by 1lb, as well as beating my PB for the 2nd time in a week. A beautiful, almost scale perfect common and an unbelievable way to make it up to three 30’s for the season already.
“I know in relation to some carp being caught around the country these aren’t exactly monsters however I hope you see how incredible of an experience this was for me and would love to share it with anglers and your readers.”