Five 40s and three 30s in three nights

Five 40s and three 30s in three nights

It was “the greatest session of my life” for Craig McEvoy as he banked five 40s and three 30s in under 72 hours.

So gruelling was the action at the Avenue in Shropshire one of his reels broke as he tried to land a 42-pounder.

Banking eight fish in total, Craig’s tally included mirrors of 44lb 4oz, 43lb 14oz, 42lb 4oz, 42lb and 40lb 8oz. He also had a 39lb 8oz mirror.

 Big Bertha at 43lb 14oz

Big Bertha at 43lb 14oz

“This has got to be the greatest session of my life,” said Craig, “speechless is the only word I can use.

“It’s worn me out. My reel even imploded with all the action, but I still managed the 42-pounder, known as Rude Boi, on it!”

The biggest fish of the trip, a 44lb 4oz mirror, is such a rare visitor to the bank that Craig got to name it; calling it Summer’s Mirror after his baby daughter.

 The biggest of the trip was named after Craig's daughter Summer

The biggest of the trip was named after Craig's daughter Summer

Interestingly, Craig began his session by setting up just off fizzing fish. “Previous experience had told me that if I set up right on top of them then you might nab one but more often than not they would quickly do the off.”

 The Babe at 42lb 4oz

The Babe at 42lb 4oz

Having landed the biggest fish first, Craig decided to bait heavily at the base of a bar, depositing 5kg of mixed particles and Dynamite Baits Red Ammo and Monster Tiger Nut boilies on the spot.

 Rude Boi at 42lb

Rude Boi at 42lb

“What happened over the next couple of days simply blew me away,” said Craig, who presented Red Ammo pop-ups on multi rigs.

“One epic session, that’s for sure. I had to pinch myself that this was UK fishing not France!”

Craig’s fish over 30lb

  • 44lb 4oz – Summer’s Mirror
  • 43lb 14oz – Big Bertha
  • 42lb 4oz – The Babe
  • 42lb – Rude Boi
  • 40lb 8oz – Raspberry
  • 35lb 8oz
  • 33lb 8oz
 Craig had two 30s in a double take on the final morning

Craig had two 30s in a double take on the final morning