Super productive visit to Linch Hill’s Christchurch produces not one but three forties for Mark Litchfield.
Lee Wheeler Banks A Banger
24th May 2018
Lee Wheeler recently made the best of a bad situation during a weeklong session where he was pipped at the post when chasing his target fish. However, with two nights to go he decided to move up the road onto another lake where he was much more fortunate.
Lee explained: “To cut a long story short, over the last 10 months I have spent a lot of time focusing my efforts on catching one fish in particular. So, when the time came for me to spend a week at the lake in some pretty good conditions, I felt pretty confident. However, five nights into the session my confidence plummeted when my target fish was banked by a fellow angler. After photographing the fish and congratulating the captor, I dusted myself of and decided to head over to the lake across the road for my final two nights.
With the overdue appearance of the spring sun having finally arrived, the lake had really woken up and a lot of the lakes bigger fish had been banked, apart from the main two. I managed to claim a swim that I’d had success from in the past, so once again my confidence was high.
I opted to fish both of my rods on the same spot, these were positioned over 2kg of The Krill boilies along with a few handfuls of tiger nuts. The rods themselves were loaded with critically balanced Signature Squid pop-ups and Hinged-stiff links. Once the rods were out I sat back and continued to dwell on having come so close to landing my target fish, I then jokingly said to a friend “never mind, I’ll catch the big’un out of here tonight instead”.
Although I was joking, I was right, as later that evening I received a drop back around 7pm. From the moment I lifted into the fish I knew it was a big fish from the way it hugged the bottom and took off on slow yet powerful runs. Approximately 15 minutes later and what can only be described as an absolute tank of a mirror was netted by my good friend Guy. As the pair of us peered into the net we couldn’t believe our eyes, it was Rhino, the lakes largest resident. So, as is tradition, I shouted at the top of my voice “Rhino!” and within minutes my swim was flooded with anglers eager to see the king of the pond.
With the help of some of my closest friends, the fish was photographed, weighed and then returned to fight another day. The beast weighed 41lb 8oz and was certainly the best consolation prize I could have asked for.