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49lb Mike’s Pet from day-ticket lake soon to go syn­di­cate

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

ALEX Wood­cook re­alised a long-held am­bi­tion to catch one of the big­gest carp in the historic Wrays­bury North Lake when he slipped his net un­der this stun­ning 49lb mir­ror.

Alex landed the fish, which is known as Mike’s Pet, on the sec­ond morn­ing of a two-day ses­sion at the fa­mous fish­ery in Berk­shire.

It was a timely cap­ture too, be­cause Alex had been hop­ing to catch one of the day-ticket lake’s big­gest res­i­dents be­fore the venue switches to syn­di­cate sta­tus in April 2017.

He told An­gling Times: “Con­di­tions couldn’t have been more perfect, with a band of low pres­sure mak­ing its way over the lake. I thought to my­self ‘this has to be the time!’

“The swim I was in, called Springate’s Point, cov­ers a lot of water in front of an is­land, and run­ning along the front of this are a num­ber of coves cre­ated by the over­hang­ing trees.

“Some of these were clearer and deeper than the rest, and I fig­ured that these were ar­eas that had been fed on re­cently.”

To be­gin with Alex went easy on the bait, in­tro­duc­ing around 10 Spombs of ground­bait, pel­lets and chopped boilies.

Over the top of this he cast a rig com­pris­ing a 5ins hook­link and a size 4 hook car­ry­ing two half sec­tions of wafter boilies mounted blow-back style and tipped with plas­tic red corn.

After re­ceiv­ing a bite on the first evening that ended in a hook-pull, his for­tunes took a turn for the bet­ter as the sec­ond day of the trip dawned.

Alex said: “I had three bleeps on one of the rods that was locked-up

to the is­land, struck, and found my­self con­nected to what was clearly a pow­er­ful fish. It kited away to­wards open water, stay­ing deep, and I knew it was a good fish, but it was only when I got it into the mar­gins I re­alised just how big it was.

“When I fi­nally slipped it over the net cord and saw its huge shoul­ders, I knew that I had at last achieved what I’d set out to do – catch a Wrays­bury chunk!

Mike’s Pet at 49lb for Alex Wood­cock.

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