Around 2 years ago I came across an article written in Italian about Parco Del Brenta. After translating this article and watching various YouTube videos of the lake I booked 2 weeks in Swim 17. I did plenty of research before the trip and I was in a very productive area of the lake for this time of year. The week before I was due to fish the people fishing in swim 17 and swim 18, the next swim along had around 100 fish each!
In the end I decided to take with me around 80kg of Proper Carp Baits, Red Seal and 75kg of pellets. I had been told that the fish in this lake love pellets however I wanted to take a lot of boile with me incase the catfish became and issue and to leave some food in the water after the pellets had broken down. Hook bait wise I had my normal array of Proper Carp baits offerings that have served me so well this season.
On the Thursday, straight after work me and Ashleigh, my wife, started the long evening drive to Italy. We made it as planned to our first hotel in Luxembourg. By the Friday evening we had made it as far as the Austrian/Italian boarder where we stayed in a beautiful cabin spa hotel in the mountains. On the Saturday morning we started our last part of the journey. Due to a major distribution on one of the motorways, causing us a 5 hour delay. When we finally made it to Parco Del Brenta and took all of our stuff round to swim 17 we only had around an hour of daylight remaining, so the start of the fishing was delayed until the Sunday morning.
Sunday morning I woke up at 6 AM and watched the sun come up over the lake. The temperature reached around 20° by 8am and the fish were showing all over the lake. I had
a good idea on the spots I wanted to fish, My right hand rod to a gap in the snags on the far bank near a bush in the water. My middle rod to a orange bouy that marked the separation points between swims and my left hand rod around 60 yards out on the back of a plateau that came across from swim15.
I decided to fish solid bags or PVA sticks and I was using size 5 curved shanks hooks with a very small dumbbell wafters. I was putting out 8 spods per hour on each spot, to make this easier I had 3 spod rods with me clipped up to the right distance for the corresponding rod.
The fishing started well I was catching around 8 fish a day for the first few days. Bite times seemed to be from 8am to 11am and then 2pm to 7pm. I knew the action would get better or at least stay consistent for the rest of the trip. I was following on from a private hire week so bait boats had been permitted. The week following on is normally slightly slower. I at least 50% of my fish were 40lb plus.
Over the next few days I went on to catch even more 40lb fish as well as a lovely 50lb mirror and common that my Swedish next door nabour Andreas helped me photograph. I met some really great people at the lake on this trip, there was a good mix of nationalities English, Dutch, Italian and Swedish.
On the Second Monday morning I had a take on my rod aimed at the bouy whilst spodding over the top of it. From the start it felt massive! Like having a bag of sand on the end. I knew it was a big fish and when I netted it I was blown away. It weighed 63lb and was over the moon the aim of the trip was to catch a 60lb fish and I had achieved it relativity quickly. After the me and Ashleigh had done the pictures we went out for the day. A much needed break from the sun and my spod rods!!!!!! We had some fantastic food in a local town and found a great small tackle shop were I stocked up on terminal tackle and a few more sacks of pellet.
The next day I started spodding just before first light in my normal routine and after about 10 mins I had two takes that resulted in two more 50lb fish. The fishing was getting better and better as I had previously predicted.
On the Wednesday afternoon I moved a rod down the right hand margin were I had been baiting steadily and we had been seeing fish roll all week. This area was slightly more snaggy full of wood coming out of the near bank. Ashleigh went to the shop to pick up some supplies and as soon as she left the right hand rod steady bent round and stayed bent. It was a relativity uneventful fight, I got the fish away from the obstacles with relative ease and soon after a 60lb + common was sitting at the bottom of my net. I was made up with this as it was my first 60lb common. Ashleigh rushed back to take the pictures and we celebrated with a fantastic take away pizza for dinner…. Dropped right to the lake.
The Night before hand I had joking said if we caught a 60lb common we could leave a few days early and spend some more time together in Austria over the weekend. So on the Wednesday evening we made plans to leave the lake on the Thursday afternoon a day and a bit early but to be honest I was absolutely knackered and in need of a rest. My right hand I was using to grip the spod rod was almost claw like with a few hard lumps of skin on the hand.
In just over 12 days fishing I caught a countless amount of fish, id take a guess at well over a 100. I loved the place and booked to back in 2020 straight away. In 2019 I have my sights set on Croatia and Slovenia to hopefully had two more countries to my “60” list. The highlight of the trip being the 60lb common and mirror ! But some of the scenery on the way to and from the lake was absolutely breath taking!