Day nine

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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

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