BAT­TLING FLU... AND A NEAR-60

It was all in a morn­ing’s work for TJ

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

“I scooped the net un­der what can only be de­scribed as a baby whale”

AMORNING he will never, ever for­get is how TJ El­liott de­scribed catch­ing this giant 59lb 12oz mir­ror – de­spite com­ing down with flu dur­ing his ses­sion.

The fish, known as Sin­gle Scale, came dur­ing a mid­week trip to a large south­ern club wa­ter. Hav­ing found a likely look­ing spot a few weeks ear­lier, TJ con­tin­ued to fish the same swim each week and baited heav­ily with CC Moore Live Sys­tem boilies each time.

“It soon be­came clear that my spots were get­ting cleaner and cleaner,” he said.

On this oc­ca­sion, TJ got in the swim on Wed­nes­day morn­ing but after bait­ing up his ill­ness kicked in.

“At around 4pm I had only man­aged to put one of the rods out to the spots and then de­cided to have a lit­tle sleep as my flu con­tin­ued to progress.”

After even­tu­ally get­ting his other two rods out be­fore night­fall, TJ re­turned to bed but was wo­ken at 4.30am to a sin­gle beep “fol­lowed by my clutch go­ing into ab­so­lute over­drive”.

“The fight was very straight­for­ward, just 15 min­utes of very heavy lunges and slow plod­ding.

“When she came up for the net, I knew it was her! I scooped the net un­der what can only be de­scribed as a baby whale and as she passed over the cord I let out a mas­sive ‘YES!’. It was def­i­nitely a morn­ing I will never, ever for­get.”

TJ fished snow­man rigs with Live Sys­tem and CC Moore Dairy Supreme boilies on fluoro­car­bon D rigs.

A flu-rid­den TJ and his 59lb 12oz south­ern mir­ror.

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