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Ex­treme fish­ing gets its re­ward with 47lb 12oz com­mon

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

“IT WAS a bit of an epic Satur­day morn­ing” is how Dan Tay­lor de­scribed the ex­treme lengths he went to to land this gi­ant 47lb 12oz com­mon.

The 28-year-old came up with an in­ge­nious plan to hook the fish just a foot from the bank in an un­pop­u­lar swim con­tain­ing a “sav­age gravel ledge” that se­verely ham­pers line lay.

But that was just half the bat­tle at the Kent syn­di­cate, as the fish surged through five weedbeds and led him a merry dance in a boat be­fore even­tu­ally suc­cumb­ing.

“It’s an un­pop­u­lar swim that no-one fishes be­cause it ba­si­cally con­tains a cliff face and a sav­age gravel ledge,” said the tree sur­geon. “But I’d seen this big com­mon in the area a week be­fore and de­cided to pre­bait.

“I had to give it a bit of thought to be able to fish the swim, but in the end I put a sec­ond buzzer bar on a storm pole and draped the slack line over it to avoid the ledge.

“Hav­ing pre­baited, I placed just a sin­gle hook­bait on a re­ally short hook­link and a big lead in the edge. At 5am I woke and hadn’t had any­thing and I was just mak­ing the first tea of the day when I re­ceived the take.

“The lake is about 90 per cent weed at the mo­ment and the fish pow­ered through it all, hit the sur­face and just ground to a halt.”

The Ash­ford an­gler took to a boat and pa­tiently kept the fish mov­ing through a suc­ces­sion of weedbeds be­fore it “ab­so­lutely pow­ered off

around the lake”.

Even­tu­ally, though, Dan won the bat­tle and was able to ad­mire a fish that had not been caught this year. “It was last caught at 52lb,” he said, “but it doesn’t mat­ter about the weight – it’s a huge fish and must have been 4ft long.

“It took a bit of thought and pro­cess to catch it, which made it all the more re­ward­ing.”

Dan Tay­lor’s 47lb 12oz com­mon was well earned!

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