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