I started the month of May off by visiting my Southern syndicate and after a quick walk around, I decided to set up in a swim I knew well known as the high swim. It was boiling hot and the fish were all over the surface, so I soon had three zigs positioned at varying depths. Unfortunately, no action was forthcoming, so I got the rods ready for the night ahead. One was cast towards the treeline, the second was positioned on a clear spot surrounded by weed and the third was flicked down the margin. All three rods were set-up using 15lb Pro Light Blend main line, 35lb CamFlex leadcore and a blow back rig tied using 25lb Sink Skin and a size 6 Covert Incizor. The rods went out perfectly and I sat on my hands until dark.
At 2:30am I had a take on the rod fished across to the treeline and after a hectic fight I slipped the net under a nice mirror. I recognised it as a fish known as Beckett’s and on the scales it went 32lb 8oz. After getting the rod back out, I had another take a few hours later on the same rod, which unfortunately resulted in a hook pull.
The following weekend I set up on the big lake next door for a 48 hour session. It was hectic to say the least and I landed around twenty fish, with the best tipping the scales at 20lb 12oz. On the Sunday morning I packed my kit down and moved over to the small lake for a few nights. Fresh combi-rigs were tied using 20lb Trip Wire, 25lb Trickster Heavy and a size 6 Covert Incizor. After the getting the rods out, the first night was quiet. I moved one of the rods to a clear area at around sixty yards range and got to work with the spod, introducing a mixture of particles and boilies. That evening I had a take before dark and after a good fight I slipped the net under a 32lb 8oz mirror. After sorting the pics out, I soon had the rod back out for the night.
The following afternoon I was away again on the same rod, the result being a 22lb 8oz mirror known as the Angry Male. The swim went quiet for the next 24 hours, but it still looked good for some further action. I decided to cut back on the amount of bait I was introducing in the hope that it would make a difference. At 4am I awoke to a fast take and after forgetting to put my head torch on, I had a great battle with what was obviously a good fish. After slipping the net under the fish, I secured the net and grabbed a head torch from the bivvy. Shinning it into the net, I was greeted by the sight of a stunning linear known as the Football Lin. On the scales it went 39lb 0oz and it was great to finish the month with an absolute pearler.
Kai Richards may Junior Angle