Mir­ror, mir­ror

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Mal Bat­ten­bough had a week booked at Mir­ror Pool, set in the Limou­sine re­gion of France, with two good friends. The venue is around four-acres in size and comes with the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing very tricky! The depths vary greatly from 2ft in the shal­lows, to 20ft at the dam end. The week’s fish­ing was prov­ing dif­fi­cult with day­time tem­per­a­tures reach­ing 35ºc. This saw the fish con­tent to sit in the up­per lay­ers un­will­ing to take a floater or zig, so the best op­por­tu­ni­ties would come dur­ing the hours of dark­ness when the tem­per­a­ture dropped. On the sec­ond night Mal man­aged a small com­mon just shy of 20lb. None of his open wa­ter spots had pro­duced, so he con­cen­trated his ef­forts on the mar­gins to his left. He opted to use the ‘wash­ing line’ method to pre­vent spook­ing the fish from re­turn­ing to this area. The shelf dropped to about 14ft but he chose to fish about half­way up the slope by plac­ing the rig into a bait­ing spoon with some whole and chopped Krill boilies and then drop­ping it out to the spot, fixed to the storm pole in a fash­ion that would al­low it to be­come free if a fish took the bait. At first light on the Wed­nes­day morn­ing his mar­gin rod sig­nalled a drop back and he wound down hard to feel a fish kick on the end. Af­ter an epic fight, Mal guided the fish safely in to the net and he took a deep breath. He called his mates over to as­sist with the pic­tures and the weigh­ing of the fish. The nee­dle spun round and set­tled on 50lb 10oz – a quick cou­ple of pic­tures later and the fish was re­turned safely no worse for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

FRANCE: MIR­ROR POOL Mal with his well thought-out cap­ture from Mir­ror Pool

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