Steve Parrotte is becoming very fond of Bluebell Lakes after breaking his pb for the second time in two visits.
The Welsh angler’s first trip to the Northamptonshire day-ticket complex saw him net a 36lb mirror and a 20lb common, but he returned at the weekend to land four more including this mighty 45lb 12oz common from Kingfisher Lake.
The 32-year-old said: “Four weeks after my first session on ‘Kingy’ I was bursting to get back and left Wales at 3am.
“After setting up at the crowded lake on the back of the wind, we started to see a few fish show.”
Steve’s previous fish had come on zig rigs, so he opted for the same approach, sending 10.5ft-long hooklengths out into the swim.
A 25lb common came on the first night, followed by a 26-pounder the next morning. “I was ecstatic,” said Steve, “I had broken my common pb.
“I was on Cloud Nine – bites and fish on Kingfisher are hard earned and few and far between.
"That night I lost a fish at the net but that still didn’t break my mood and I went to bed grinning.”
A bite at first light saw Steve’s prize charge through two weed beds before eventually succumbing. He said: “As I peered into the net I knew it was a good one. I called my mate Jon Gill round and I couldn’t believe it when we weighed it at 37lb 2oz, beating my pb from the previous session!
“On the last morning I was up early and spotted a massive fish coming out just beyond my zigs, so I reeled them both in and re-dipped them in halibut oil before casting either side of where I saw it.”
Not long later, Steve received a take on his middle rod and got into the water to subdue the fish.
“I noticed as the fish came in that, to my horror, the lead was still on. My legs went as I saw the huge fish roll, but as I was 20ft out in the water I netted her before the realised.
“I was gobsmacked as the scales swung round and settled on 45lb 12oz. What a session – it still doesn’t feel real. Two three-day sessions, 11 runs, six fish.”
Steve used 12lb Nash Zig Flo line and size 10 Nash Claw hooks and black foam.