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The Pink Linear
by-inch, it slowly started to come up
through the water. When it reached
the surface and took its first gulp of
air, I brought it across the surface to
the waiting net. When I saw its nose
touch the spreader block with the end
of its tail still out past the drawstring,
I knew it could only be one fish. I
quickly scooped the fish up and
turned to Ali and said, “That’s got to
be it.” I looked in the net and was
right; I’d done it already – the Pink
Linear. I sorted the sling, scales and
mat out and handed Ali the camera.
The fish weighted in at 45lb 4oz and
was a new personal best. Loads of
pictures were taken and then she was
returned to her home, after which I
decided to pack up and return to my
home and celebrate. I was one very
happy man indeed.
I really didn’t think I was going to
catch Pinky so quickly; I had even
made up my mind to continue fishing
the venue once the season on the
syndicate had opened in an effort to
catch it if need be. Almost straight
away my mind turned to the second
biggest fish in the lake, as there were
still a few weeks left until June 15th,
and I was really enjoying myself there.
The following week I managed a
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two-nighter, and decided to give the
other end of the lake a go, managing a
couple of doubles and losing one in
the snags when I had two takes
almost at once. Now, here’s a question: what do you do when you’re
fishing two different snags and a rod
goes, you pull into the fish, give it
some stick to get it away from the
snags, and the other rod indicates a
take, bearing in mind, even locked up,
if it goes right or left it can reach other
snags? My mind raced, do I put the
rod down, pick up the one indicating
a take and risk losing the first one, or
try alternately playing each rod a
minute at a time and risk losing both.
For right or wrong, I decided to concentrate on the one I was playing, and
keep my fingers crossed with the
other. I got the first one in, but as suspected the second had become
snagged. Eventually I pulled for a
break and the hooklink snapped,
which was a relief, as I’m sure the fish
will shed the hook easily enough
without a lead attached. You sit there
all weekend, sitting on the rods waiting for a run, and when it goes, one of
the other rods goes as well, which is
fine when you’re fishing open water,
but not so when your snag fishing.
After that session it was decided to
stick to open water for the remaining
two sessions I had available. I hadn’t
any work for the next two weeks, so
after being extremely nice to the wife,
I was given the nod, as she understood I was on a bit of a roll.
The following week, high pressure
dominated the weather, and I had to
change tactics slightly to suit. I
started fishing in Swim C, as the Gate
was taken. I could see fish cruising on
the surface along the treeline in front
of the swim along to the sanctuary. I
tried to keep the disturbance of casting and spodding down to a minimum, opting to fish just a few spods
on each rod. I blanked that night, and
believe even though I reduced the
spodding, I scared them off, or at least
put them on their guard more. Later
that next day, I noticed the guy in the
Gate packing up, so I decided to
move round there. Although I was in a
good swim, I was really getting the
feel of the Gate Swim, for obvious reasons. On setting up I decided to fish
two on the open water spots over a
reasonably large bed of bait, as I had
Perfect in every way. 25lb 12oz.

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