FL12Sept - Page 47

The opening weeks of the river season have been kind to Nick Helleur
with two Thames braces in two weeks, one of commons and one of
Derek Ritchie – had nine fish with the biggest going 43lb 8oz in 48
hours on Monk’s Pit using Castaway deep water PVA bags, Mainline
Link boilies a mixture of Mainline response pellet and Bait-Tec krill
Adam Honeysett – It was an enjoyable weekend on the Manor with
the weather looking bang-on. An uneventful night Friday saw me
move onto some showing fish around 10am Saturday morning. On
approaching the swim, I could see they were clearly mopping some
bait up, as they were rolling and fizzing and clouding the water up, so
I took my time in setting up. With three rods at the ready, I literally
lowered them all gently into their positions, which was just feet from
the bank. As soon as I had the rods on the rest, I was receiving liners,
as the fish proceeded to mop up whatever they were there for.
Around 25 minutes had passed with the bobbins twitching every
couple of minutes when the right bobbin pulled up tight and the reel
slowly started ticking. Within a couple of minutes, I managed to
bundle it into the net, I was buzzing, as on the mat it was confirmed
to be the Pound Coin, a bit down after spawning, as it’s usually a low
40, but I was well pleased with it at 37lb 15oz. It’s an incredible
looking beast. A few more anglers had arrived at this point, and I
didn’t fancy anywhere else so decided to set the bivvy up and get
sorted and then find some spots for the night, as I hadn’t fished the
swim previously. By around 5pm, all rods were out and ready for the
night, so I sat with Jake chatting for the next five odd hours when it
was time to get my head down. At 1am-ish I was woken by a slow
steady take and landed a fish of 39lb 6oz. It wasn’t until I went back
over the photos that I realised I had caught Baby Stella again, but she
had clearly been eating bait, as she was up by just over a pound.
Daniel Howe – I had a nice 27lb 6oz common this morning backed up
with a little stockie, using both Castaway PVA foam and mesh bags.
Daniel Howe – A unit of a mirror backed up by an upper double
common using the usual tactics of Castaway PVA bags and foam.
Daniel Howe – I had this 22lb 4oz fish this morning from a hole in the
weed on the hinged stiff rig with Castaway PVA foam on the hook to
ensure presentation.


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