40lb Yateley common freed from the weed

40lb Yateley common freed from the weed

 Alex West mixed hard work and patience to bank this 40lb 8oz Yateley common.

The Redmire Common fell during a 48-hour session on the historic complex’s Match Lake.

Alex carefully presented his bait in a channel in the weed he had created with a weed rake and got the bite in the early hours of the morning.

 40lb 8oz of prime Yateley common

40lb 8oz of prime Yateley common

“Within a minute I could tell I had a good fish on,” he said. “With heavy, powerful lunges, a tug-of-war-type battle ensued.

“Eventually I got it halfway back and could hear deep, heavy swirls of the unseen biggun. She certainly sounded like a good fish!

“With steady pressure I kept her coming until around 10yds out she dived down deep and got stuck fast in the weed

“I did the classic ‘put the rod back on the rest on a tight line’ and set the clutch. I was mid-way through my second cup of tea when the alarm gave two bleeps.

“I picked up the rod again and leant into it – suddenly something gave and she started moving again.

“She powered left and got into another weedbed, but I’d kept the pressure on and at the first time of asking my mate Tom netted what was clearly a very large common.

“At 40lb 8oz I was absolutely over the moon that another target had graced my net.”

Alex fed a light scattering of Sticky boilie over 3kg of mixed particles.

 Alex had to be patient to extract it from the weed

Alex had to be patient to extract it from the weed