Four for 183lb 4oz for for­mer An­gling Times pho­tog­ra­pher

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be­hind the week’s best fish

EGENDARY an­gling pho­tog­ra­pher Mick Rouse was on the other side of the cam­era as he caught four fish for an in­cred­i­ble 183lb 4oz at Holme Fen.

The for­mer An­gling Times snap­per bagged three for­ties and a fifty from Meadows, on the twolake Cam­bridgeshire site.

The mir­rors weighed 40lb 8oz, 44lb, 48lb 8oz and 50lb 4oz, and were caught dur­ing a six-night stay at the open-ac­cess venue. On the lake at the same time was Andy Bai­ley, who banked mir­rors of 51lb and 55lb, plus two for­ties. Sascha Welsch added a 55lb 12oz fish dur­ing the same week.

Peter­bor­ough-based Mick, who re­tired from An­gling Times two years ago, said: “I was sev­enth out of the hat in the draw for swims and went into the Is­land Bay swim, where I had two gravel bars and three is­lands in front of me.

“I just fan­cied it be­cause it was my sort of fish­ing.” Af­ter a quiet first night, Mick spot­ted a fish roll in the fea­ture­less bay to his right and quickly cast a rig on a 1oz lead with a PVA bag of five whole boilies to the spot.

“Forty min­utes later I had a 40lb 8oz mir­ror,” he said.

A 48lb 8oz mir­ror fol­lowed the next day but as the fish and an­glers moved around the venue, Mick had to wait more than 48 hours for his next bites.

Hav­ing repo­si­tioned two of his rigs on a 6ft gravel bar, Mick was awake early on day five and watched as one of his rods bent round at 4am.

“It was a 44lb mir­ror which also picked up my other line on the gravel bar. I sank that rod and for­tu­nately it came over it, but I was think­ing about re­cast­ing it. I de­cided that it prob­a­bly only moved a mat­ter of inches and was still on the spot – I’m glad I did be­cause 40 min­utes later that rod was away with the fifty!”

Mick used crumbed Nash Key Cray boilies mixed with par­ti­cles. He pre­sented 20mm Key Cray pop-ups and pro­to­type 20mm Cul­tured Scopex Squid pop-ups over the top on Ron­nie Rigs tied

with size 6 Korda Kap­tor Kurv hooks and 7ins of 25lb Korda IQ.

Andy’s fish came from the Party Point swim to PCF Rel­ish and Coco Fruit boilies plus PCF par­ti­cles.

Mick’s big­gest mir­ror went 50lb 4oz. Andy Bai­ley and his 55lb Holme Fen mir­ror.

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