Phil finally nails his golden beauty
ANGLER'S MAIL front cover star Phil Morton finally got his target orfe from an undisclosed lake when he matted this 7 lb 9 oz 8 dr beauty.
The 39-year-old Surreybased firefighter said: “I have caught all the other orfe in this lake over the past couple of seasons, but the largest one had eluded me, until now.
“It was caught on a bolt helicopter rig fished on the edge of deep water at 30 yards in bitterly cold conditions.
"The rig was a simple fluorocarbon leader fished helicopter style using sliding float stops either side of a small swivel. The hook length was three inches of Kryston 5 lb Incognito to a size 16 Drennan Super Specialist hook with the barb removed.
“Hook bait was simple maggots dipped in ‘The Juice’. I was trialing Bait-Tech’s new Big Carp Method Mix ADF Fishmeal, with added maggots and 2 mm krill pellets.
“Over two days I caught nine of the lake’s orfe, which adore strong fishmeal baits. Fortunately, I timed my visit prior to the tench waking up, which would have homed in on the fishmeal bait and spooked the wary orfe,” added Phil. 12 45