‘Dave’ at 55lb tops mega haul from day-ticket fish­ery

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

DA LAST minute-de­ci­sion to switch lakes paid off in hand­some style for Steve Wright af­ter he went on to bank four stun­ning big carp, topped by a 55lb mir­ror. Af­ter making the jour­ney from his Hinck­ley, Le­ices­ter­shire home to Blue­bell Lakes in Northants, the 63-year old was in­tend­ing to fish the venue’s Sand­martin Lake. How­ever, this changed af­ter a quick chat with the owner of Blue­bell Lakes, Tony Bridge­foot.

Steve said: “He told me that there weren’t many an­glers on Swan Lake. I didn’t really fancy it as there had been no carp out in the pre­vi­ous nine days, but a mate who was fish­ing over there con­vinced me to give it a try for the night. I dropped into a peg half­way down one bank, in the

hope of catch­ing them as they moved up and down the lake.”

With just two tench to show for his ef­forts over the next 24 hours, Steve was be­gin­ning to ques­tion his choice of lake, be­fore a bite out of the blue sig­nalled a ma­jor change in for­tunes.

“I was think­ing of mov­ing and I’d al­ready reeled one rod when one of the oth­ers screamed off. The fish made it into a weedbed but soon came out into open wa­ter, and I felt the rod tip bump so I knew it was still on,” said Steve.

“When I got the fish around 20 yards from the bank it sur­faced and I recog­nised it as one known as Dave. On the bank it tipped the scales at 55lb on the nose.”

At 4am the next morn­ing Steve’s ses­sion then got even bet­ter when he landed a 40lb 4oz mir­ror, fol­lowed by a 32lb 4oz com­mon an hour later and a 39lb mir­ror later that same evening. The first of the trio was a new ‘forty’ for the lake, so Steve was al­lowed to give it a name… which he promptly did, call­ing the big mir­ror ‘Ste­vie’!”

Pick of the bunch was ‘Dave’ at an im­pres­sive 55lb.

The ‘32’ that capped the ses­sion. Steve with the ‘40’ that he named.

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