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Christchurch’s Finest
After learning this, I now fished only
two rods; one to each area of clean
gravel.
The spots fished well again with
me catching Poolie’s for the second
time at 43lb 10oz along with a 33lb
common. A week later I arrived, eager
to get back in the Bacon. I was not
surprised to see it occupied, so I
walked round back to peg 1 to speak
to Nigel who was in there. He said
that he had seen nothing, and so with
nothing to go on, I opted to fish in the
New Water next door. As it turned out
the decision was a good one, as after
two hours of fishing I bagged Hartley’s for the second time, and at half
one in the morning another take
resulted in the mighty Hamster, my
main target fish and the real character of the lake at 43lb 6oz. To say I was
blown away is an understatement.
It was now November, and after a
few blanks on the hotspots it was
clear the fish had now moved into the
silt and weed feeding on the naturals,
so it was now time for the wrigglers
to be introduced! I began by spodding three gallons of maggots over
the three rods, which turned out to be
an inspired choice, resulting in ten
bites, the biggest being a 35lb mirror
and a 35lb common.
It was a great session to end a fantastic year on the Church, as within
12 months I had managed over a hundred bites. The lake had been very
good to me during my time on Linch
Hill, and it was now time to move
onto Stoneacres, the largest pit on the
complex and also the least stocked,
but containing two 50lb mirrors –
Bitemark and Choco. I started fishing
the Pit at the end of March with the
fish being mainly at range sat in the
safe zone in the centre of the lake. It
was towards the middle of April when
the fish slowly began to trickle out,
but by early May all I had done was
blank nights.
But it was the second week of May
that saw my first bite, which came at
long range on a single hookbait, a
beautiful sandy leather at 28lb 10oz.
The following morning at the same
time on the same rod I received four
bleeps with the swinger pulling up
tight. I picked the rod up and the fish
took at least 60 yards of line on its first
run. I instantly knew I was into a good
fish, and after a very tense and what
can only be described as awesome
battle, I managed to bundle an amazing looking linear into the net, which
turned out to be the Magoo, one of
the best looking carp I have ever
caught. I was over the moon as
Magoo is a very rare visitor to the
bank. I ended up fishing Stoneacres
until the end of May, which saw me
land five fish and lose three with the
smallest being 28lb 10oz. All fish were
caught at long range on single hookbaits.
That was the end of my Stoneacres
campaign, but one day maybe I will
return for Choco and Bitemark, who
knows? n
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