A day-ticket complex has produced its FIFTH different 50 of the year as Storm Ophelia rolled in.
Carl Beresford banked the elusive Z Fish from Swan Lake on the Bluebell site at a mighty 55lb 2oz. It is the 12-acre lake’s fourth current 50-pounder, alongside the 50lb-plus common in neighbouring Kingfisher Lake.
The Cheshire angler saw fish showing close in during his week-long stay at the open-access Northamptonshire venue and took full advantage.
The 43-year-old said: “When Storm Ophelia arrived I noticed a few fish started showing 20yds in front of my swim, so I reeled one of my rods in and attached a small PVA bag of Manilla pellets and crushed Manilla boilies and flicked it out over the spot where I had seen the fish show.
“Two hours later I had a 28lb mirror then lost one close in.
“Then, after flicking the rod back on the area, it ripped off and I couldn't believe the power of the fish.
“About 15 minutes later I landed the fish of my dreams, the Z Fish. This is the biggest weight it has ever been out and smashed my personal best by 8lb.”
RIG AND BAIT
- Hookbait: Sticky Manilla White Ones pop-up
- Hook: Size 5 ESP Curve Shanx
- Lead: 5oz on an MCF clip
- Loosefeed: Small PVA bag of Sticky Manilla pellets and crushed boilies