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Sandhurst
(Left) A deep-bodied 33lb 6oz
common.
(Below) 31lb 6oz mirror, caught
within minutes of getting the
hookbaits out.
Reubens. It spun round to 32lb
exactly, and settled on that figure. To
say I was pleased would be an understatement; the first fish from a new
venue, and a 30 to boot – I was more
than happy. After a few snaps I placed
the fish back, and put the rod back to
the same spot, but I could never have
dreamed of what was going to take
place over the next few days. A few
hours passed with no more action, so
I decided to get the marker out and
have a feel around for an area to fish
to. After a few casts, I had found a
deeper area of 6 1/2ft at the back of a
bar at about 50yds range. I decided to
bait this area, and was going to have
two rods on there; one just on the
area where it pulled from silt to
gravel, and one a few feet back into
the silt. This was a tactic I had used
on a previous water, and I must say I
had noticed a lot of the time I had the
caught the bigger fish off the back of
the area, so I decided to fish the same
way.
I made up a spod mix of hemp, pellets, a few grains of corn, and plenty of
chopped Club Mix boilies, all mixed in
with the awesome Growler Mix to
give it a good cloud, as I am a firm
b e l i e v e r i n t h e m o r e c l o u d, t h e
quicker the bites will come. I also
added to this mix some hemp oil and
Solar Slayer Salmon Oil, which gives it
a nice extra added boost. I also like
the oils in the mix, especially when
there is a slight ripple on the water, as
when the fish are feeding over the
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bait, you get that slick over the baited
area, and you are just waiting for it to
happen. I made the mix up ready to
go, and left it for about an hour to let
the oils soak in. In the meantime I tied
up some more rigs ready to go, and
plenty of spares, as I don't like catching fish then having to tie rigs up after
you have caught, as it wastes time,
especially when fishing over baited
areas when there could be a shoal of
fish on the bait, and you need to get
the hookbait back out as quickly as
possible. It was now nearly 4pm, and
I baited two rods, one with a 14mm
Club Mix bottom bait, and the other
with two grains of fake corn. I cast
these two rods out to the area, taped
the line up, and spodded about 20
spods of bait over the area. I was not
going to pile it in straight away, but I
put out a fair bit of bait, which from
what I was told was different to the
norm, and I must admit, the other two
anglers who were on the lake where
both using boats. After spodding, I
decided to fish the third rod as a
roamer on small mesh bags with a
Club Mix hookbait, as this is what I
had already caught on.
With the three rods out, I sat back
in the evening sunshine watching a
few fish still milling about in the last
rays of sunshine, when about 7.30 one
lumped out over the baited area, followed shortly by another and another.
I was thinking it had to go, but the
next couple of hours proved to be
fruitless. There were a few fish also
showing close in to my right in front
of a swim called the Secret, so I cast a
small bag to the area where they had
been showing. Again within half an
hour this rod was away to a screamer,
and when I lifted into the fish, it just
peeled line from the reel and headed
straight towards the middle of the
lake. With gentle pressure and steady
coaxing, I managed to turn the fish
and bring it back towards me, and
after what felt like ages I managed to
get the fish up and into the net. Again
it was a good fish, a lovely-looking
mirror with very few scales, and it
went 26lb 4oz. I was now delighted
with the day; I had caught two fish,
and was pretty pleased with that as it
was my first ever visit to the venue. I
sat up and watched the lake for a
while seeing the odd fish show in

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