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Chester Lake Session
tle water we had to go at, but we
needed to make the most of it. We put
out over 40kg of Nash 4g Squid that
had been air dried and left to soak in
the matching bait soak, and fished
just off it with Nash Key Cultured
Hookbaits. We lead from the off, our
baiting strategy clearly working, and
when the final whistle blew we won
our section by a healthy margin. The
other Team Nash pair won their section also, so it was good points for the
team going forward.
After a few days recovering I was
back at the lake. Temperatures were
warming up now, and I had spotted
the odd fish in the shallows during
the day. At night these fish were
pushing back to the deeper end of the
lake; they had to be. The water is gin
clear and you could not see the fish at
the far end. My approach was simple:
give them some free offerings in the
shallows and set some traps in what I
thought was a patrol route back to the
deeper end at night time.
From the off it was obvious the fish
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loved the Key, tearing up the shallows
to feed on them, and in my head it
was just a matter of time. This was
proved correct when, at 1am, I was
disturbed by a single bleep from my
left hand rod at 100yds. The bleep
quickly turned into a one-toner and
very shortly after, a 28lb mirror was in
my net. Anyone within 20 miles of the
lake would have heard my shouts of
elation, as after hundreds of hours
watching and waiting I’d finally
bagged one. It took a while to get the
rod back in position, as if I don’t think
it’s right I’ll recast and recast until I’m
100% happy. With a further 30 or so

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