Report Odd Environmental bait for a 33lb carp.. in Australian Carp Fishing Posted February 27, 2011 Yesterday I drove to Belconnen to drop off a CD and decided to do a drive by my favourite Drive through. Big Rooster. They are one of my favourite chip makers. Just as I was about to turn right into the driveway, I noted that there was a guy fishing right out in front of it. Big Rooster in Belconnen is right on Lake Ginninderra (or however you spell it) He'd hooked up and it looked to be giving him a rough time of it, so it was interesting to hold up the queue in front of the microphone and turn back to see if he landed anything. Keep in mind that the lake is about four feet down from the edge. After fulfilling my need for a Rooster Roll and Chips, I parked in the carpark and went down to investigate. There were actually two young guys about 19 or 20 and they'd just netted a carp of about 4.5 to 4.8 kg. I watched one guy get two more in another 15 minutes. Both about that size. I watched as they baited up with RED ROOSTER CHIPS! While I had a bit of a laugh, it was certainly doing the trick. Who knows how many other people had sat right where they were and flung their excess chips to the ducks.... who wouldn't have always got everything. So while his mate caught the big ones, the second guy told me of his larger fish the previous fortnight. He said that it was a metre long and weighed 15kg. Of course, I gave this the credibility it deserves. Until I said the magic "Pictures or it didn't happen". At that point, he whipped out his Samsung Galaxy and showed me the longest carp I've ever seen in Australia. It wasn't real fat, but it was still huge. He was holding it up in several different shots so I gave in and asked more about it. Apparently it hooked up on their 10lb rods and stripped line until they panicked that it was going to take the lot. (They hadn't really filled their reels to the brim for a start.) They said that it was jumping out of the water quite a distance out. Eventually, they managed to bring it in and of course.... had no landing net. And it's a not inconsiderable drop to the water. As I was wondering how it all went down, the second guy chimed in and related how he'd ripped his pants off and had jumped in over the side so it wouldn't escape. This appeared to inspire more actual mirth between the two than anything else. It would have been up to this guys waist at least and who knows how many shopping trolleys lie just beneath the surface? Regardless, they actually weighed it. I didn't think to get them to email me the photos. I just might convince my regular fishing buddy that we need to fish closer to the lakeside restaurants in future. As long as people don't mind hurdling our rods, it should be at least handy when the chips run out.