Hor­ton Church Lake – Thick Tail Com­mon


There are a few com­mons in the Church Lake that have been around since some of the ear­li­est stock­ings and are rarer vis­i­tors to the bank than most. Springate’s Com­mon and Sid are two that come to mind and have been around for decades, with Sid be­lieved to be in the re­gion of 50 years old. They aren’t easy to catch by any means and don’t come out to the stan­dard mid­dle-of-the-pond tac­tics that of­ten. One com­mon that cer­tainly caught my eye was the Thick Tail Com­mon, a fish that was moved from Long­field, along with a few, far bet­ter known side­kicks and still thrives in Hor­ton to­day. With its dark golden colour and dis­tinc­tive thick wrist lead­ing down to a large heart-shape tail, it’s a com­mon lover’s dream and is one I am cer­tainly priv­i­leged to have caught. It was com­ing to the end of spring last year and I had been tar­get­ing the larger res­i­dents of the lake with great suc­cess from a swim called the Spindly Tree. It is prob­a­bly my favourite swim on any of the venues I have fished, mainly down to the suc­cess I have had from it – but also down to the fact it can be that weedy that other an­glers get put off. There was a spot at about 50 yards that I had al­ready had a num­ber of 40lb fish from, but when I had a bite in the night, and was faced with a fish that was shak­ing its head like it was pos­sessed, I knew this was some­thing dif­fer­ent. Af­ter an in­tense bat­tle un­der the rod tip I switch my head­torch on to see a very an­gry com­mon do­ing ev­ery­thing it could to spit my rig. It wasn’t to be – I had won the bat­tle and one of the com­mons that was on my hit list had slipped up for the first time in a while, to tac­tics aimed at trip­ping up the larger res­i­dents.

BE­LOW The Church Lake’s Thick Tail Com­mon at 32lb-plus

ABOVE Mis­sion Ac­com­plished

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