Ashley James proves just how deadly bright hookbaits can be!
Iban Maes – Belgian Brutes
14th September 2018
With the bites having dried up on his Belgian target water, Iban knew that if he was going to get amongst the fish, he needed to ring the changes and so he did!
When Iban spoke to us regarding his recent sessions this is what he revealed: “After a tough few sessions behind the rods the previous week, I was delighted to have found fish upon my arrival for a two-night session. They were held up at range and I quickly put a plan together to try and tempt one. I opted to fish with long Hinged-Stiff rigs and to spread bait with the use of a throwing stick as opposed to spooking them with a spomb.
When my alarm finally sounded, I was chuffed to have overcome the lull and even more so when a 34lb 7oz mirror known as Big Scale popped up in front of the landing net. Fishing long soon proved to be the way forward as I received a second bite in quick succession, however I wasn’t fortunate enough to land this fish and sadly lost it to a hook-pull.
Knowing that I could pick up a bite at range I decided to repeat the process on my next visit. I loaded the rigs with boosted Krill Pop-Ups and baited up with the throwing stick again, applying roughly 1.5kg of 16mm and 20mm Krill boilies.
The night passed by fairly uneventful until around 4:30am, when I was awoken to a screaming run. Immediately after hitting the rod I knew that this was a better fish. After a long and hard battle, I managed to slip my net under another large mirror. I soon identified the fish as The Little Painting and the scales revealed that she weighed an impressive 41lb 7oz.
I was and still am very pleased with how my efforts were rewarded and cannot wait to see what the autumn will bring!”