Roving approach scores 40-pounder on Milton Abbas

Roving approach scores 40-pounder on Milton Abbas

Finding the fish proves invaluable at Dorset venue


John Welton fully exploited a break in the cold weather to continue his incredible season.

Fishing at Milton Abbas in Dorset, he banked No Name at 40lb 2oz to chalk up his third 40-pounder in the last eight months.

No Name at 40lb-plus

No Name at 40lb-plus

John had been paying close attention to the weather and acted decisively when a westerly wind swung in and sent the temperature rising.

Having walked around the picturesque syndicate venue, John found the fish in front of the Peninsula swim.

He said: “They were feeding on a clear spot in the weed close to the margins. I placed a bait on this spot and three hours later a 28lb 6oz mirror was in the bottom of the net. I fished the night in this swim but the fish had moved away.

“In the morning the fish were found in the Top Dug Out, a swim directly opposite me. I took a couple of rods and placed them either side of a gulley in the weed and after a cup of tea I was playing a 22lb 6oz mirror! It looked like the fish were starting to wake up in the warmer weather.”

After a chat with syndicate boss Wayne Little, John moved again to another spot where the fish had been seen colouring up the water.

One of John's twenties

One of John's twenties

“Two baits were placed just over the dead lily pads were the fish were feeding,” said John. “It didn't take long before the slack line on the left-hand rod picked up and the alarm started screaming! I could tell I had hooked something very heavy.

“The fish weeded me a couple of times then I saw a large mirror in the clear water. This was certainly a fish that I didn't want to fall off and I punched the air when it passed the draw string of the net!

“This was my first English 40lb mirror and, added to two 40lb-plus commons to 47lb in the last eight months, has made this one hell of a season.”

Rig and bait

  • Hook: Size 6 Atomic Stinga
  • Hooklink: 15lb Suffix Stealth Skin
  • Lead: 1.5oz flat pear
  • Hookbait: 15mm CC Moore Pacific Tuna bottom bait