Twitching depth marker leads to three 40s and a 30 at Darenth

Twitching depth marker leads to three 40s and a 30 at Darenth

Bill Hodkin knew he was in the right peg at Darenth Big Lake as he banked three 40s and a 30 from a swim with a unique feature.

The pro golfer caught mirrors of 46lb 14oz, 44lb 4oz, 40lb 6oz and 33lb 3oz in three nights at the Kent water.

The 49-year-old was aware fish were in the area because the swim, known as the White Post, features a depth marker over 95yds out that sways when fish bash into it.

“The post swings when the fish rub against it and it started going as I was setting up,” said Bill, who placed a single rod in this area.

“At 8.30pm the post rod was away, which resulted in a very long mirror at 44lb 4oz.”

 This 44lb 4oz mirror was the first of three 40s

This 44lb 4oz mirror was the first of three 40s

A 33lb 3oz mirror followed at midnight from another rod at 56yds’ range, before the same rod produced a mirror known as Jack the Ripper at 46lb 14oz – a new personal best.

 Jack the Ripper at 46lb 14oz - a new personal best for Bill

Jack the Ripper at 46lb 14oz - a new personal best for Bill

“It all went quiet after that,” said Bill, “the next night nothing happened and I was going to go home, but the fishing head was well on so I stayed for the last night.

“Early on the final morning the post rod was away and again after a great battle I slipped the net under the third 40 of the session. It weighed 40lb 6oz.

 This 40lb 4oz mirror was the final one

This 40lb 4oz mirror was the final one

“After many phone calls and texts I packed up and went home a very happy Billy!”

RIG AND BAIT