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Lights, Camera,Action
whacked the rod. Thumping the rod
over my shoulder resulted in the same
arc once again. Straight away I could
feel the thump of the fish as it continually tore line from the spool, the rod
bending well past its test curve as the
fish hugged the bottom continually
circling under the tip. After a few
minutes she began to tire and with all
the effort I could muster I finally
slipped the net under a chunky looking mirror. With the fish unhooked
and safely secured in the landing net
I quickly attached a fresh bait and rig,
and once again repositioned the rod
back on the money.
Roy arrived a short time later and
helped me with the weighing and
photos. At 26lb 8oz it was a little
lighter than I’d first thought, but I was
more than happy with the result and
I’d not even had breakfast yet! The
day went from good to even better
with another nice upper double and a
superb 27lb mirror landed. I did unfortunately manage to lose a couple of
fish in the afternoon, but at dusk, as
Glynn blew the whistle for us to leave,
I packed up well happy with the final
results. I was just hoping I could pro-
(Top) February got off to a great start
at Cuttle Mill with this chunky 26lb
mirror…
(Right) … Shortly followed by this
beauty at 27lb 6oz.
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duce the goods again for the Anglers
Mail photographer!
A couple of days later I returned to
the Mill, this time with Ian Chapman
my photographer for the day. Quite
unbelievably I once again drew peg
16 out of the bag and I have to say at
this point, despite what some people
believe, the draw for swims is never
fixed or rigged. I’ve done a few articles on Cuttle Mill over the last couple
of winters and on every trip I’ve
drawn for a swim like everyone else.
With me back in peg 16 and Ian setting up a variety of cameras and
tripods, I set about trying to catch a
fish live for the cameras! Typically
things were a little slower on the day,
but after a couple of hours and casting to various spots within the lake I
started to receive liners – a sure sign
the fish were moving and active. A
short time later a take on the left hand
rod had me springing into action, but
when this first fish unfortunately fell
off close to the net the pressure was
really on!
Finally, and with a lot of luck and
just a smidgen of skill, I managed to
catch a couple of lovely carp for the
feature. Whilst not quite as big as on
the previous trip, at 17lb and 18lb 8oz
it was more than enough for Ian who
went away happy. Ian and I hit it off
straight away, with his northern sense
of humour matching mine perfectly.
We also filmed a brief video slot for
the Anglers Mail Facebook page, and
this can be viewed on their page
along with a number of other short
videos. All in all it was a good day
spent on the bank. After viewing the
short video slot Ian enquired if I fan-

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