Phil fi­nally nails his golden beauty

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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

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