Tac­tics be­hind the week’s best fish

...and fol­lows cap­ture of a sur­face 41 the week be­fore

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

RESH from catch­ing a 41lb 12oz mir­ror off the sur­face on his first ses­sion on a new wa­ter, James Sal­mons re­turned to take a new lake record at 52lb 4oz.

The mighty mir­ror, known as the Pig, is the Cam­bridgeshire syn­di­cate wa­ter’s first-ever 50-pounder and was up in weight by more than 5lb since her last cap­ture in the spring.

“On my first ses­sion on the new lake I had a sur­face pb of 41lb 12oz, along with a cou­ple of twen­ties off the bot­tom,” James told Carpfeed.

“I ar­rived for my se­cond ses­sion the fol­low­ing week to find a fairly busy lake and, as a re­sult, I spent the first night in an area I didn’t fancy all that much.”

The next day, the Chub-backed an­gler found some fish in one corner of the lake and jumped into a nearby swim af­ter it was va­cated in the af­ter­noon. “The rods went out nicely an hour be­fore dark and I sat back in a much more con­fi­dent mood than the pre­vi­ous evening.

“At around mid­night I had a big liner on one rod, so I hoped some­thing was hap­pen­ing, and a few hours later the alarm let out a suc­ces­sion of bleeps.

“I lifted the rod to be greeted

A pig of a fish – all 52lb 4oz of it for James.

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