Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
‘The Big Lin’ Has Landed
29th November 2017
Josh Bean talked one of his target fish known as ‘The Big Lin’ onto the bank at Tyram Fisheries, which was his first UK forty and a Yorkshire forty at that!
Josh Bean retells his session at Tyram Fisheries “On arrival to the lake, I took a walk round with a couple of good friends and to be honest it looked quiet. There wasn’t really anything to go off, with no signs of fish to be seen at all.
I opted for a swim I’ve been spending a fair bit of time in recently, the swim in question has more deep water present compared to the majority of the lake and knowing the fish do like to show in front of this swim on dusk, it just felt like the area I needed to be.
All the gear was set up and the rods went out perfectly. A long and dark night was ahead, so I settled down for the evening, chatting with a couple of the lads and enjoyed a Chinese. Whilst we were eating and chatting away, we got onto the subject of the two big girls in the lake. Two mirrors known as ‘Baby Baz’ and ‘The Big Lin’ were due to make an appearance anytime now.
As anglers, we dream of catching something special, a P.B or a ‘Target Fish’ and it just so happened that while we were having this chat about the two ‘big un’s’, I received a twitchy bite on the middle rod. I was on it in an instant, but the swim still had a fair amount of weed present and resulted in the fish weeding me up, almost straight away.
Into the boat I went, hopefully to return to the bank with a fish in a net. Once I got close to the area, I could make out a big weed bed and started to free the line of weed. Suddenly, a big, old looking mirror appeared in the reflection of my head torch…It was a unit! I’d like to say I didn’t panic, but I did, and rushed to get the weed off the line before finally picking the rod back up and connecting with the fish again.
A couple of deep surges and into the net it went. What a relief! Once I got back to the bank I was absolutely buzzing with excitement. I had a good idea which fish it was, but we soon confirmed the fish to be ‘The Big Lin’ and she looked big, bigger than its previous captor in May.
After that, it was all a bit of blur but we recorded ‘The Big Lin’ at a new top weight of 43lb 8oz, a new personal best and my first forty, a Yorkshire forty at that! Lost for words, a recent change over to the Manilla proved to be a winner and hopefully there is more to come. With ‘Baby Baz’ due to make an appearance, hopefully it will be in my net soon.”