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Re­turn to White Springs pays off for Shrop­shire lad

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

AWELSH day-ticket wa­ter has pro­duced its first 40-pounder in more than two years.

The 40lb 1oz mir­ror was caught by Shrop­shire an­gler Nick Bur­rage on only his sec­ond visit to White Springs, near Swansea.

Fish­ing with friend Mick Stacey on the Spec­i­men Lake, Nick set­tled into swim 13, the only peg avail­able when he made the book­ing a month ear­lier.

“It was very warm and sunny as we set up, but I like to get my rods out first to make use of every minute on the bank,” said Nick.

“Within two hours of the rods be­ing out, the one over on the nearby is­land let out a beep, and with the line lift­ing in the rings slightly I felt it and drew it back a foot at a time. With­out be­ing able to feel the lead at any point, I lifted the rod and was left reel­ing in lots of slack – un­til I reached the fish that was swim­ming to­wards me!

“By the time I was bent into the fish, it had pow­ered through two of Mike’s lines and we quickly took the bail-arms off to stop the fish us­ing the tight lines like a dis­gorger to un­hook it­self.

“A close-in bat­tle with rolls and boils at my feet con­tin­ued for 10 min­utes, show­ing her power and fit­ness. Then, soon enough, she popped up and af­ter one last roll she found my net.

“The guy came round from next door to see and the scales swung round to 40lb 1oz. We all checked and checked again. The cap­ture be­came a talk­ing point around the lake and on the in­ter­net – I sup­pose not ev­ery­one will be happy about a Shrop­shire lad catch­ing this fish!

“The lake owner came down, and he’s a great guy. He was telling me about the re­stock­ing, so it’s well worth a visit if you’re in that neck of the woods.”

Nick Bur­rage and his 40lb 1oz Welsh mir­ror.

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