BATTLING FLU... AND A NEAR-60
It was all in a morning’s work for TJ
“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.