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Feature Catch Report by Richard Handel
Not sure if the weather was in my favour, however you have to be
in it to win it. I had my bait in deeper water, at the back of the wind
and hopefully in the warmest part of the lake.
The wind chill was not too pleasant, but I was quite sheltered and
tucked up in my bivvy. I had the stove on, the door half down, and
when the sun was out, it was lovely. I’d been playing around with
this combination – FW Miracle Berry wafter with an Evolution Carp
Tackle washed-out pink maggot Clusters on a Ronnie rig and a
single 12mm natural pop-up on the other rod.
They all had a mix of Betafin Pellets and Particle blend, with a
few dead maggots and some Catalyst Stix Mix to bind it up a bit. I’d
put six small Spombs on each spot, and hopefully it would produce
me my first fish of 2018. Don’t let the blue sky trick you – it was
pretty fresh out.
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At around 15:45, the left hand rod gave a few bleeps, the swinger
pulled up and stayed there. I was out the door like a whippet and
on to my first fish of the year. After a long fight (and an argument
with the right-hand bush, which is normal in this swim), it was
safely in the net, a 19lb 11oz common – that will do me.
The rod was re-baited and cast back on the spot. It was time for a
brew, and within less than an hour, the same rod was off again,
which was a nice surprise. I got the rod out on the spot again, did
the photos and slipped her back.
This little combination was doing me well. Don’t forget the party
mix and the stix! I was hoping for something bigger through the
night, but with not a single bleep, it was soon pack up time, and it
was a cold pack up with a very wet and smelly car. It was nice to
drive home and arrive in daylight. Spring is not too far away, folks.

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