FREE LINE 03 - Page 170

Grand Finale
(Left) Lake record slug 64lbs.
(Below) Lake record grassie.
of the commons seem to fight like
this! It was a 25lb pristine common,
and still had its curtain intact! The rod
on the baited patch went at 12.15pm,
and it was a really good scrap; it had
me all over the place, and my arms
were aching after landing this one. It
was another common of 28lbs this
time. It had four scales in a clover leaf
pattern on its left shoulder – a really
mint looking fish.
At 7pm the left hand rod off the
baited patch roared off, and it had
only been out about an hour! It went
on a few long runs, and then surfaced
in the middle of the lake, a long grey
shape telling me it was another catfish. One thing it did do was manage
to shift a load of weed from my baited
area as it was charging about, which
was handy. Finally I got it on the
bank, after going straight in the net,
and it weighed 45lb 10oz. I left the following morning, as it was mad hot,
the start of the heatwave!
On my next session on the 23rd
June I got back into my usual swim.
The lads who know me left my swim
alone, which was really good of them,
and those that don’t couldn’t find the
area that I was fishing, and just kept
landing in thick weed, thinking, how
the hell do I fish in that? A light southwesterly wind was blowing, and I got
all the rods out to the usual spots, and
all the freebies out. At 12.30am I
received an absolute screamer from
my left hand rod on the baited patch,
and it stripped a load of line on its first
run. I thought here we go again, a big


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