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grabbed the net and scooped it up. It
was a 26lb common! It looked cracking in the photo, but its back was
slightly kinked in an S-shape, which
probably explains the lack of fight.
In October it was difficult to get
any time on the bank. My partner Zoe
was ill so I spent more time with fam-
ily and I only managed three
overnight sessions all month, with no
fish to show for it.
It was the first session in November
that really made my season. The
weather was very mild for the time of
year, and as I walked round in just my
T-shirt I found a couple of fish in the
bay where I had seen them on an
overnighter the previous week. The
swim in the bay was free, but I didn’t
want to set up on top of the fish and
risk spooking them. I didn’t know
where the clear spots in the weed
were, so it would have taken a lot of
leading about, and I also wanted to
give them a bit of bait so the spodding would have caused even more
disturbance. I thought the best course
of action would be to set up in the
next swim down and get the rods settled and bait in for when they moved
round. It was a rush to get the rods
sorted in the shortened hours of daylight, and the last rod was a more of a
hopeful choddy rather than a carefully
placed rig, but the other rigs were
exactly where I wanted them and
that’s what counted.
As a distant firework display illuminated the night sky I could see the
(Top left) Run the gauntlet! It’s tricky
in the day, but when the rod is
screaming at night it’s a hard task to
not end up taking a dip!
(Below) A new common PB – the
Parrot at 44lb 2oz!


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