“A fine line between success and absolute failure” is how Luke Vallory described the fraught battle that led to the capture of this day-ticket lump.
The 26-year-old visited Sandhurst Lake in Yateley for only the second time and banked Nige’s Fish at 39lb 15oz, plus two twenties and two doubles.
Fishing swim 27, on the island, Luke’s action began the morning after he arrived.
“I had my first fish at 7.30am and had four takes that day, then managed another fish the next morning before packing away.
“The big one was my second bite and it came very quickly after I’d got a rig back on the spot.
“It was a bit of a strange fight and it was coming in steadily, when all of a sudden it boiled on the surface about 20 yards out and I couldn’t seem to get it in any further.
“It had wiped out one of my other rods and picked up some trailing line from another angler. I knew it was a big fish but with no-one around, or at least no-one I knew, I had to risk putting the rod down and going to the next swim and ringing the bailiff for the code to the boat.
“I went out to the fish and didn’t take my rod, just a net, but thankfully I was able to bring it to the surface and scoop it up. It was a fine line between success and absolute failure!”
He added: “It’s a corker of a fish and one I really wanted to catch.”
This was a rare trip to a day-ticket lake for talented Luke, but he showed his class to land five fish and one of Sandhurst’s most wanted. Small hookbaits really have put a lot of fish on the bank this winter.
RIG AND BAIT
- Naked chod rigs
- Loosefeed: Initial eight to 10 Midi Spombs of washed-out 12mm Sticky Manilla boilies and Cloudy Manilla liquid
- Hookbait: 12mm White Sticky Signature pop-up
- Hook: Size 8 Korda Choddy
- Hooklink: 20lb Korda Mouth Trap