The law of the sod says the moment you switch on a video camera to capture something you expect to happen, it won’t.
But such was the activity in Andrew Riste’s swim, he just knew he was about to witness something special as he pressed record at Atlantic Wharf in the centre of Cardiff.
The local angler captured plenty of showing fish before documenting the moment his rod melted off and he bagged one of the lake’s gems – Ollie at a spawned-out 35lb.
Andrew was only fishing a four-hour afternoon session and, after landing a 10lb stockie, decided it was time to get out his camera.
“I set up my camera to hopefully catch some action and what happened next completely blew me away,” he told Carpfeed.
“The fish started going absolutely mental and were boshing everywhere while the camera was recording.
“Then, completely out of nowhere, I received an absolute screamer on my middle rod!”
After a short fight, Andrew netted a fish he had caught at 40lb three years ago.
“She’s very special to me as I spent a few years trying to catch her, so it was nice to meet her again.
“It goes to show that when the conditions are right it only takes a few hours in the right place to get a couple of fish on the bank. I'll definitely be setting up the camera more often!”
Andrew used Nash Key Cray Cultured hookbaits mounted on standard bottom-bait rigs tied with 15lb Nash Combi Link and size 6 Nash Fang X hooks. He baited with 20 matching freebies around each rod.