Daughter's note inspires brace of Burghfield 40s

Daughter's note inspires brace of Burghfield 40s

A handwritten note from his daughter stashed in his bait bucket inspired John Bartley to bank two 40s in a session at Burghfield.

Fishing the 90-acre pit for the first time in two weeks, the 38-year-old managed mirrors of 47lb 8oz and 46lb 2oz during his four-night stay.

The Berkshire angler said: “I arrived at the pit and had a bit of a mooch around. Without a sign of fish, I went to the area I had previously caught from.

“I had a little wait for the swim to become available so it gave me a chance to prep all my bait and rigs. I opened my bait bucket and found a card that my daughter had written for me which brought a tear to my eye, so I was now prepared more than ever.”

 The note from his daughter John found in his bait bucket

The note from his daughter John found in his bait bucket

Fishing to a silty gully at 120yds, John noticed fish showing over the back of the spot at dusk and had his first run the next morning.

“It was a typical big-fish fight, slow and just plodding around. When the fish hit the spreader block I knew straight away it was a chunk.”

“I hoisted the fish up and the dial spun round to 47lb 8oz – I was buzzing!

 John had two 40s in a morning at the tricky Berkshire pit

John had two 40s in a morning at the tricky Berkshire pit

“After the pics were done I had some work to do in the swim, so I was cutting away at some brambles when the same rod was away again.

“Straight away I thought this was an angry carp. It kited like mad but after a few minutes I had this fish back under control and safely in the net. I knew it was another good fish and the scales settled at 46lb 2oz.

 Both fish came from a spot at 120yds

Both fish came from a spot at 120yds

“I was buzzing to say the least. The card that my daughter wrote gave me a crazy amount of luck.”

John baited with 6kg of chopped Mainline Cell and Hybrid boilies and fished Ronnie rigs with 8oz pear leads.