It heralded a morning I’d rather forget. Not least because shortly before reeling in to go and take photos of the biggest mirror in the lake for Stuart, I had a final, five minute window of opportunity where I sat on the edge of my bedchair and summoned the gods to grant me one last take. I may have done it in a rather unceremonious fashion though – no sooner had the line started to pick-up out of the water as I wound down to a glorious end to the session, than the bloody thing fell off, for no reason whatsoever. I haven’t lost three fish in ages, let alone three on the bounce. And with that, it was all over. I reeled in, as were others around the lake, and went around to Stu’s swim where we weighed the mighty Unknown mirror at 62lb 12oz. In this case, the fish was almost 10lb behind its usual early/late season weight, but I really don’t think he cared a jot. If anything, it just left Stu with the hunger for more...
None of us kept exact records, except Stu, who may have had an inkling of what was in store, but in the region of 140 carp were landed, including all but four of the biggest 15 fish.
Roll on next year!
ABOVE TOP Making memories
LEFT TOP The lake’s biggest mirror, albeit 10lb down in weight, post-spawning
LEFT MIDDLE STU’S FOURTH fish OVER 55LB FOR THE WEEK. HE FINISHED UP WITH 31 fish, INCLUDING ANOTHER SEVEN OVER 40LB
LEFT BOTTOM Jak left his rods out, right up until the DEATH AGAIN – WWW.LASTMINUTE.COM