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Cheshire 30 is worth the wait for Stephen

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Cheshire 30 is worth the wait for Stephen

Stephen Hutchinson broke his personal best by more than 7lb with the capture of this 33lb 9oz mirror.

The fish was one of two in an hour from a Cheshire club water for the 50-year-old.

“A smaller mirror of 17lb 8oz came just after 1pm,” said Stephen, “and I initially thought I’d hooked one of the diving birds as I was fishing bright hookbaits in such clear water.”

The Stoke-on-Trent angler, who was fishing at short range, repositioned his rod and didn’t have to wait too long for another bite.

 Stephen's 33lb 9oz Cheshire mirror

Stephen's 33lb 9oz Cheshire mirror

He said: “I got the rod back out with no issues and almost exactly an hour after the first fish I found myself ringing my son to tell him I’d landed the lake’s second largest carp at over 33lb.

“I wasn’t sure which fish it was at first and wasn’t certain about size but noticed how long it was in the net.

“A new personal best by over 7lb and finally one of the big two after fishing the lake on and off for a total of four seasons.”

Stephen used 16mm Sticky Manilla pop-ups over half a kilo of matching free offerings soaked in Cloudy Manilla Liquid. His multi rigs were made with ESP Tungsten Loaded and size 5 ESP Grip Rigger hooks.