17 July, 2017 |3 Comments
I arrived at the lake after work on Friday with only a few hours to fish before having to leave just after dark, I set up in a central part of the lake where I’ve been pre-baiting for a few weeks now and have had some success from in the past. Two Ronnie rigs with Pineapple & Banana pop-ups were cast to the area over 120 yards out and 20 Spombs of hemp, corn, 15mm CompleX-T and The Crave were put out over the top of the two rigs.
An hour later my right hand rod was away and I soon had a beautiful, dark 25lb mirror in the net. After returning the fish and topping up the spot nothing followed and I was packed up around 10:30PM with the intention of being back at first light.
I returned around 4:30AM to a very overcast day which was looking spot on. The same rigs were ready to go but before I could get the second rod out my first rod was away from the same previous spot with an 8lb tench. Returning it as quickly as possible I got the rod back on the spot and before I could get the second rod in play it was away again this time with a carp. A stockie but very clean leathery looking mirror of 21lb and a repeat capture for me but a good sign that the fish were getting their heads down.
Managing to get 2 rods out and bait up I made a cuppa and got talking to a dog walker. While talking to him my right hand rod was away and a tough scrap from a 28lb 8oz common started what can only describe chaos. As soon as I had the fish still in the collapsed net on the mat my other rod was away. Doing my best not to panic I had to unhook the fish, put it in the retention sling and rest it in the margins, set the net up and then I could strike.
With the fish now probably 200 yards out it was easy enough to bring the fish in and at 23lb 6oz it made a brilliant brace of commons.
Finally organising the chaos I got the rods back in play and topped the spot up with some more bait. Over the next hour I landed a 15lb mirror and two 17lb commons meaning I had to call Ben Cooper to watch my fishing tackle while I ran home to top my bait bucket up. Upon returning I caught a tench of around 7lb and followed it up about an hour later with an absolutely stunning mirror of 24lb 4oz.
This was soon followed up by a 20lb 10oz common (pictured above) and about an hour later while talking to another angler taking a walk I had a single bleep on my left hand rod which turned into a very slow take. A slow but powerful fish kept deep and after a long battle, when I saw the fish I could see it was a different animal. A big, deep bodied common with a huge tail. With no real issues netting the fish first time it was easily the biggest of the session and my biggest from the lake. At 33lb 6oz I was absolutely buzzing. The pictures were taken and after returning the fish I was quite happy to call it a day. I did sit it out for a few more hours but with no more fish to show for my efforts. It was hard work with little sleep but one of the best days fishing I’ve ever had.