Ross Hodgetts managed two extra special gifts at Farlows over the Christmas period.
Alex West the Man On Fire!
28th September 2016
Alex West describes how he managed to catch three commons over 30lb, from three different waters, in just 24-hours. Oh, and one of them was a forty!
“After returning from catching my first River Thames thirty recently, I quickly got my tackle ready for a three-day session and headed down to the famous pits at Sutton-at-Hone that afternoon. I arrived on the lake and after a quick walk I found some fish feeding in one of my favorite areas. They were feeding confidently right in the middle of the day, which looked good. The weather leading up to the trip had finally changed for the better as well, with rain and low pressure freshening things up.
I trickled in some 20mm and 16mm Manilla and Krill boilies over the two spots and set about getting my rods ready. I continued a little-and-often baiting approach, with no lines in the water. The feeding continued over the next few hours, mainly over one spot. At around 5.30pm I positioned both rods with minimal disturbance and at 7.15pm I received a confident bite. After playing the fish for 15 minutes she rolled into the net. The fish was known as the Baby Peach and weighed 32lb; my second 30lb common from two different venues within 18 hours! To say I was feeling confident with the new bait was an understatement.
I didn’t receive any more action that evening, although fish were still evident over the spot. I pulled off at 10.30pm due to the day-only rule, baiting again just before I left, and set about finding somewhere to park the car and catch a few hours sleep before returning to the lake at 4am. I arrived at the gate to find three other anglers in the car park. After a quick discussion it became evident that we all wanted to fish different areas and I was able to drop back into the same swim.
I waited for first light to get the rods back out to ensure I could hit the spots quickly with minimal fuss. The second cast landed perfectly and the traps were set and I soon fell asleep on my bedchair. Within an hour I was woken by a bite on the same rod. After a five-minute battle I slipped the net under a massive common! On inspection I realised I had The Peach; the biggest fish in the lake and one of the few A-Team fish I hadn’t caught. The fish went 41lb, making it my third common over 30lb in just over 24 hours! I had no more action that evening, even though fish were still rolling over the spot. I was debating whether to return home because my supplies were running low, but a friend convinced me to stay on for one more morning as I was in the zone.
To cut a long story short, I had another bite the next morning, resulting in another original fish I hadn’t previously caught, the Little Beast at 29lb. I returned home a tired, yet very happy angler indeed!”