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Off to a Flier
By Martin Pierce
I
arrived at the lake on Saturday 28/4/12 to find it was
fairly busy with most of the
swims taken, so I decided on
a good look about to see if I
could find the fish. I chose a
swim in hope of intercepting the fish,
as they tend to move around when
the pressure is on them. I got set up
and started to fish at around 4pm. It’s
a two-rod water and I tend to fish the
TNT pop-ups over a nice spread of
around a kilo of the matching
Steamies. At 4am I received a take in
the most torrential weather I have
ever had the pleasure to play a fish in.
42lb11oz.
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It was absolutely lashing it down with
60mph winds too – it was a mission.
The fish was hooked at 40 yards
range and came in very easily for the
first 30 yards, and then she woke up
and started to fight hard with powerful lunges and surges taking lots of
line. I guess I was playing her for 25
minutes before I netted her! On the
scale she went 42lb 11oz, a great start
and 40 number six since getting on
the Steamies a couple of years back!
Nothing else happened for the next
24 hours except for a couple of bream.
I was due to be going home on Monday but then learned that I had no
work for the week due to the
weather (sometimes being
self employed has an advantage).
Due to club rules you have to move
every 48 hours, and move at least 100
yards from where you’re fishing, so
with a move on the cards a good
look round for fish was my next step.
I found some in a bay after a couple of
laps of lake and moved in there
quickly before someone else found
them. It was very weedy in the bay so
I decided to fish close in, as I was able
to present nicely over the weed close
in. I decided to crumb some Steamies
up and spread them over the weed

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