Big Plated makes rain-lashed trip worth it

Big Plated makes rain-lashed trip worth it

Scott Boyles caught arguably the most sought-after mirror in the country after assuring his girlfriend that fishing in the rain is all worth it if you catch the fish of your dreams.

The 37-year-old Aylesbury angler landed the Big Plated from St John’s on the Linear Fisheries complex at 42lb 8oz.

 Scott Boyles with the Big Plated at 42lb 8oz

Scott Boyles with the Big Plated at 42lb 8oz

Having endured a wet and fishless first day in swim 39 on the Oxfordshire gravel pit, Scott got into bed and received a call from his partner that many anglers can relate to.

 No wonder he's smiling!

No wonder he's smiling!

“We had the usual discussions of whether I was crazy, and what was I doing there in the rain and cold,” said the panel beater and sprayer. “I laughed and assured her, as usual, it would all be worth it if I caught the Big Plated!

 The Big Plated is named after its covering of large scales 

The Big Plated is named after its covering of large scales 

“I like to think that this must have been a good-luck omen, as the next morning at 6am I heard a few beeps of my receiver on my left-hand rod.”

Carpfeed's St John's lake map and guide

This rod had been Scott’s roving rod the previous day and was rigged up with a solid PVA bag and positioned in the small bay to his left off a slight shelf in 6ft of water.

“I sat up slipped on my jacket and within seconds the rod was away,” continued Scott.

“After a 20-minute battle in the rain, tense moments and two close evasions of the net, my heart was in my mouth, but shortly after the second near escape I managed to slip the net under what looked like a very large mirror.

“On closer inspection and upon lifting her out of the water I discovered I had in fact caught the Big Plated!”

RIG AND BAIT

  • Solid PVA bag with short blowback rig
  • Hook: Size 6
  • Hooklink: Supple braid
  • Hookbait: Sticky Krill
  • Loosefeed: Sticky Krill pellets, crushed Krill boilies, Krill glug, Dynamite Krill groundbait and a scattering of 10mm Sticky Krill boilies over the top