Midlands day-ticket site's second 50 toasts new otter fence

Midlands day-ticket site's second 50 toasts new otter fence

A day-ticket water has produced its second different 50-pounder days after erecting a 4km otter fence in just a fortnight.

Bobby Lyons bagged this 51lb 3oz mirror at Baden Hall’s Quarry Pool, a week after banking commons of 42lb and 34lb from the same lake.

This mirror topped 50lb for the first time at 51lb 3oz

This mirror topped 50lb for the first time at 51lb 3oz

It is the second different 50 to come from the Staffordshire day-ticket complex, which admitted losing about a dozen carp to 30lb to otters over the winter.

However, things are now looking much healthier after the erection of a 4km otter fence in just two weeks to protect Baden Hall’s three specimen waters.

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Captor Bobby caught the trio of fish in two sessions on peg 14. After the 30 and 40 came to Sticky Krill pop-ups on Ronnie rigs in the same trip, the 38-year-old was made to work hard in Storm Gareth for the 50 this week.

Bobby had this 34lb common from the same swim the week before…

Bobby had this 34lb common from the same swim the week before…

…along with this 42lb common

…along with this 42lb common

The Cheshire angler told Carpfeed: “On arrival I was unable to fish for the first eight hours due to the wind pushing so hard and dragging the lines. During the middle of the storm, waves were crashing over my peg!”

“I eventually put the rods out at 6pm and 15 hours later I had two or three bleeps, and then it screamed off.

“The fight was very dogged at first due to the wind. It was difficult to judge the fish’s size until around 20yds out, and that’s when the big, heavy runs started.”

After three attempts to net the giant mirror in swirling winds, Bobby succeeded and peered into the mesh.

“I looked over and knew straight away I’d bagged a 50!”

The fish took a weighted-down Sticky Krill wafter, which Bobby used to counter the undertow.

Baden Hall’s Rob Daley told Carpfeed the capture was a “fantastic achievement” following the otter sightings and the departure of longstanding head bailiff Roy Russell. His role has now been merged into a fishery manager position.

Speaking about the otter fence, Rob said: “We threw everything we had at it. We were blessed with good weather and were able to put it up in two weeks.

“We did lose some fish but most were from a stock pond. The one fish of note was about 30lb from Bridge Pool.”