Ross Hodgetts managed two extra special gifts at Farlows over the Christmas period.
Jack Keating Banks Rare Beast After Four Years!
4th October 2016
Jack Keating capped off a great run of weekend results by banking a very special common indeed from Berkshire Mecca, Dinton Pastures.
“I arrived for my most recent session on White Swan lake at 8pm last Wednesday night. I’d been baiting a neglected area in the middle of the lake since August and it had produced two gorgeous thirties during the previous two weekend sessions.
Rather than heading straight to the baited spot, I decided to go for a late-night walk just in case the fish had followed the south-westerly wind. After more than two hours I decided to drop back in on the baited area, as I had nothing else to go on.
I cast both rods to the baited spots as singles, both on hinged stiff rigs, as I wanted to nick a quick bite.
At first light the spots came alive, with fish rolling and boshing all over the baited zone. All the action had stopped by 10am, so I decided to try and lure the fish back in by applying bait. I let them have 5kg of Krill chops, glugged in the Pure Krill Liquid. Both rods went back out over the bait at 1pm.
All was quiet until the wind died down to 6mph and it was clear to me that the fish were back, due to the enormous slick that was kicking up from the spot! As last light approached, the fizzing started and I was feeling confident to say the least!
At 11pm the rod went into what can only be described as a meltdown! It was by far the most powerful surging run I’ve ever had, ripping line from an extremely tight clutch. As I lifted the rod it was stripping line for fun. The fish took the best part of 60 yards of line before smashing me into a weed bed. After a few hairy minutes of applying steady and constant pressure, he came free from the weed. The battle was far from over though, but after a good 20 minutes of surging runs, the fish was almost beaten. Once he popped up to the top I saw his white underside and couldn’t believe my eyes – it had to be a fish called the Sandford Common!
Once unhooked, I placed the fish in the retainer and gave my mate Chris Beasley a shout so he could help me with weighing and photographs. Chris arrived shortly after and I couldn’t believe my eyes as the scales settled at 40lb 6oz, my first UK 40lb common. What a venue, and what a fish to do it with! To most on the syndicate the Sandford is the ultimate common and it hadn’t been out in four years! In fact, it’s only been banked four times in its life.
So, this September resulted in two thirties and an awesome forty – confidence in the Krill remains at an all time high. GET IN!”