Welly 50 plus brace of for­ties

Gaskin’s hav­ing a su­perb sea­son

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

IT’S safe to say no-one is hav­ing a sea­son like the one David Gaskin is cur­rently en­joy­ing.

A 54lb 4oz mir­ror was his fourth fifty of 2016 and his sixth fish over 46lb since the turn of the year.

The new per­sonal best, like his other chunks, came from Berk­shire’s Welling­ton Coun­try Park and was stealth­ily tripped up on sin­gle-rod tac­tics.

Ar­riv­ing at the big-fish syn­di­cate after work, David found the venue sur­pris­ingly empty. He said: “There was a stern south-west­erly breeze push­ing into the top end of the lake so my at­ten­tion was drawn to this area, think­ing the fish would be en­joy­ing the tur­bu­lent, oxy­genated wa­ter.

“I was con­vinced I saw sub­tle signs of fish pok­ing their heads out among the waves.”

How­ever, de­spite the promis­ing signs, David en­dured a blank night be­fore go­ing for another look around the lake the next morn­ing.

“There is a tree­line of snags in another bay that the fish like to get in to sun­bathe,” he said. “On closer in­ves­ti­ga­tion I could see there was a set of bub­bles, and a carp was likely to be the cul­prit. That was all I needed to see.

“I de­cided to fish only one rod for the af­ter­noon to keep dis­tur­bance to a min­i­mum. It took two casts to get the rod tight enough to a lit­tle open­ing in a bush where I’d seen the ac­tiv­ity, so I just hoped that it wasn’t too much com­mo­tion.”

David didn’t have to wait long for the bite. “Know­ing that this fish was 58lb-plus last time out didn’t help, but the le­viathan strug­gled over the net cord and the game was up. ‘Happy’ was an un­der­state­ment!” he said.

A 54lb 4oz mir­ror for in-form David.

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