Moon­scale fought off ot­ter to be­come venue ‘spe­cial’

Angling Times (UK) - - CATCHES OF THE WEEK -

AGUEST ses­sion on Ashmead gave Spencer Wright one of the venue’s most re­silient res­i­dents.

The 46lb 4oz mir­ror, known as Moon­scale, was at­tacked by an ot­ter as a much younger fish, but has since gone from strength to strength.

Spencer, from the Isle of Wight, said: “I was for­tu­nate enough to be asked to join some friends on a week­end so­cial to this very spe­cial lake.

“I was lucky enough to have fished it a cou­ple of years back as a guest, so I knew what a test­ing lake it could be.”

Plot­ting up in the New North swim at the Som­er­set venue and find­ing a hole in the weed, the 43-year-old had to wait un­til the Sun­day of the week­end ses­sion for a fish to en­ter his wa­ter.

He said: “I es­ti­mated it to be a mid-twenty from its po­si­tion low down In the wa­ter. It cruised about around the weedbeds for an hour or so, be­fore I no­ticed it swirling just to the left of the spot I’d found the pre­vi­ous day.

“Fif­teen min­utes later, while at­tempt­ing to take a photo of a young grebe catch­ing rudd, my rod bent over as my Neville screeched and line was ripped from a tight clutch.”

Although the fish swam straight into a weedbed, Spencer ap­plied pres­sure and walked back­wards up the bank, guid­ing the fish into his net just two min­utes af­ter get­ting the bite.

He added: “The scales set­tled at 46lb 4oz. I was com­pletely blown away by what was hap­pen­ing. I stood in the wa­ter hold­ing her, to­tally in awe of the spe­cial fish and the his­tory it had and all the an­glers who had caught it over the years. For those cou­ple of min­utes, it was my time.”

Spencer Wright was in awe of Ashmead’s spe­cial res­i­dent.

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