Upon arriving at the gates of Kingsmead One at around 5am, I was pleasantly surprised to see a few shows, but unfortunately there was already a angler in that peg. Consequently, I opted to go a couple of pegs down from him as I didn’t want to effect his chances of catching.
The last few weeks has seen a lot of the fish get caught on zigs. With that in mind, a 12 and 13 foot zig were put out in the general area and the shows carried on till about 11am – but, I hadn’t managed a take.
At this point, I made a decision to find couple of spots and get some baits on the deck, a tactic I’m a lot more confident in. I found two, nice firm silt spots on the edge of a gravel bar at about 60 yards and a gave the spots about 2kg of 15mm CC Moore Pacific Tuna boilies.
To keep my options open, I decided to fish a snowman rig consisting of a 15mm Pacific Tuna hook bait tipped with a white Northen Special. The second rig was a simple pop-up with a 12mm yellow Northern Special – both colours have done well for me in the past at this time of year.
I left the rods out for the rest of the afternoon to let any fish have a free feed before placing the rods on the spots for the night. As darkness fell, I could hear a few fish rolling in the area, when out of the blue my left hand rod screamed off. I secured the fish in the net I immediately got the rod back out on the spot and topped it back up with another kilo of Tuna, before making a couple of calls to fellow members and bailiffs.
On arrival they confirmed it as the colossal Starries. This fish had been on the missing list for nearly a year and the scales settled at 54lb 2oz, a new PB and I was buzzing!
Photos were done and she was slid back to make someone elses dreams come true. The rest of that night past with no more action, but at first light I was woken by a few beeps and the tip was bent round revealing an angry 25lb 10oz mirror. The rest of the day past with just the odd show but I didn’t mind, I was buzzing, and the drive back up the dreaded M25 and M1 didn’t even bother me one bit.
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