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Cultured hookbait I fell into a deep
sleep.
3.30am saw me falling from my bed
as I received simply the most savage
take I’ve ever had. My rod was arched
over, and my alarm was screaming.
The fish had kited a long way right
and had taken my line under a bush. I
had to play the fish with the rod well
under the water, but luckily the fish
swam towards me and into open
water, but the minute it got under the
tip it went mental. My swim was tight
with snags one meter to the left and
one meter to the right, so I had to
tighten down the clutch and hold on
for dear life.
The net slipped under the big mirror, and I could relax. It took a while
for it to actually sink in what had just
happened – two fish in one night. I
was buzzing, and even more so when
I weighed the fish, as it went 34lb 2oz
and was a new lake record. It didn’t
make sense; the lake record was a big
common at 32lb. There had been
rumours of a mirror of a similar
weight, but it had not been seen for
three years or so when it had come
out at 29lb and was now feared dead
after no sightings. I sent off the selftakes (something I need to sort out) to
the bailiff, and after consulting some
others he came back to me with the
great news that I had just caught the
“missing fish” known as Hips and set
a new lake record.
I slowly packed up, reflecting on
what had happened over the past few
months. This water nearly broke me;
it took over my life for a while, and it
was a proper headbanger of a water –
my biggest challenge to date. At
times I wanted to give up, but the
Twitter army kept me going! Once
again it leaves me looking for a new
water, and being located up north
doesn’t give me many options, so
until something comes up, it’s back to
day tickets for now. Until the next
time. n
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