Jack and Lewis into the BCAC Final

Nash backed match carp aces Jack Meyer and Lewis Swift have cruised through to this year’s finals of the British Carp Angling Championships after a superb win in the recent semi-final held at Barston Lakes in the West Midlands.

Leading from the beginning and smashing the opposition with a staggering 55 carp totalling 469 lb in 48 hours, the 23-year-old stars from Wimborne, Dorset also recorded the biggest match caught carp from the venue with a 26 lb 12 oz fish.

Coming out the draw fifth the boys got their first choice swim directly behind the 18th hole of the neighbouring golf course.

‘We started off with 15 and 20mm Monster Squid boilies and three bait stringers fishing for one bite at a time over a light spread of boilies using the Cybershot sticks,’ said Jack. ‘Once we started getting regular runs we baited more heavily and at times couldn’t feed enough. The first 24 hours I caught more fishing in the silt behind the bar around 90 yards, then for the last 24 hours Lewis’s rods wouldn’t stop catching fished shorter on top of the bar.’

Between the pair they only slept eight hours through the entire match. Spot on Sticks kept the end tackles landing accurately, the longer mark at 20 wraps, the shorter rods on the bar marked and fished at 16 wraps. Successful end tackles included size 6 Fang barbless hooks to 20 lb Combilink, 3.5 oz leads on safety bolt beads and Cling-On leaders.

And a final amazing night of action left no doubt that Lewis and Jack would finish in pole position – with Lewis adding an incredible 16 carp between 11pm and 6am the following morning.

The semi-final triumph continues an incredible spell of form for Jack and Lewis, who a fortnight previously won the Southern Carp Championships at Broadlands in Hampshire with 19 carp to 21 lb mostly caught on bolt machines and surface tactics or over depth zigs.

‘We fancy our chances for the Wraysbury final,’ admitted Jack. ‘Everything is going very well and although it will be hard, there are also some really big fish up there which will make an interesting match.’