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The Dinton Dream Come True
2nd May 2018
Alex West wasted no time in bagging one of the A-Team that resides in Dinton Pastures, White Swan Lake on his first session.
Alex explains; “TAfter a two-year wait, I finally got the green light to fish on one of my dream lakes, Dinton Pastures, White Swan Lake. I could now do a few nights fishing, instead of the grueling, days only session I’d been doing at Sutton at Hone.
It was around the second week of April that I had my first walk round White Swan, it was mid-morning when I did my first lap to try find some of the elusive carp. It wasn’t long before I saw a fish show in front of a swim on the end of a warmish wind.
This was on the opposite bank and after closer inspection I saw another carp show straight in front of me, this was all I needed to see. The trend of late had been to fish with Zigs, but knowing the area in front was shallow and that there was a low-pressure system coming in, I decided to fish on the bottom.
I Wasted no time at all, quickly getting my gear around there and set up in the now driving rain. I soon had a couple of rigs positioned where I had seen fish show, I got reasonable drops on both rods, so I was happy I was fishing effectively. I was fishing critically balanced Signature Squid Pop-Ups, on longish hooklengths as I had no idea of the lakebed in front of me.
The rigs had gone out smoothly and as quietly as possible, it was now a waiting game, so I set about tying up a spare rig when a few bleeps grabbed my full attention. Soon after the tip bent down and the Neville screamed a one toner! I stared in disbelief at the offending rod for a split-second, before bending into the fish.
I was soon at the end of the swim, in the water, playing what was obviously a good fish. The power from the fish was incredible, boring down under the rod tip for what seemed like ages. After around 15-minutes she surfaced coughing water, as her huge frame lay the surface, I realised it was ‘The Triple Row Linear’ a dream was coming true!
It was one of White Swan’s A-team and caught within my first few hours of casting out! I let out a shout as she went in the net and then turned around to see Gaz and Benji coming to lend a hand.
I made a quick phone call to my mate Scotty K to see if he could come around and do the photos. The light was fading fast, but we got some lovely shots of her before weighing her in at an impressive 44lb 10oz, before returning her back to her watery home.
I’ll be buzzing for the rest of the year now and feel very fortunate indeed to have crossed paths with such an amazing creature.”