Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
Park Lake Beauties
2nd July 2019
Chris Sexton nets two 40lb+ park lake beauties in as many day sessions!
It’s been a fruitful spring for Chris Sexton landing plenty of lovely old characters from Thorney Weir initially, then over the last few weeks, he turned his attention back to some targets that have eluded him, residing in some days only park lakes.
Little did he know that two of the targets would be in the bag within the space of a week with a 46lb 14oz lake record first and then a 40lb 2oz spawned-out slate grey mirror from the second water.
His baiting strategy was homemade Krill pop-ups over a spread of mixed 12 and 16mm Krill boilies that were soaked in Krill Liquid and Salmon oil.
Chris detailed his first forty: “I decided to fish a known spot that I have caught fish from in past years and things looked good from the off with fish activity in the area. I knew it would only be a matter of time before it would happen as I could see fish on the spot.
“The first fish came after an hour which was a nice 22lb common and things started to pick up from there. I ensured after every fish, I put another good helping of The Krill over the spot. The fish kept on coming, which were mostly upper-doubles to low-twenties until the second to last fish came!
“The rod went into meltdown and I knew from the off it was a decent fish as it just plodded but I didn’t know how decent it was until it rolled 10 yards out! After a few more minutes it finally went in the net and judging by the hook hold I didn’t have anything to worry about as it was perfectly nailed with the new Thinking Anglers Out-Turned Eye hooks.
“After getting it onto the mat and weighing it, it swung around to a magical 46lb 14oz which is the new lake record and to say I was happy would be an understatement. I really believe in percentages in my fishing and since using The Krill, my catch rate has definitely increased and it’s a solid piece of my armory which I believe will catch me fish from anywhere.”
Chris checked back in a few days later with another tale of success: “I walked the lake the previous day as I knew this was where I wanted to spend most of my time as my target fish on this particular water has eluded me for some time. As I walked around, I could see a lot of fish in an area where most of the weed had come up and I knew this was where I needed to be.
“As I stood in the swim just on dusk, I saw at least six or seven show at the back of the weedbed that stretches from the bank and goes out for at least five-rod lengths. Behind the weed was a nice clear area, perfect for presenting a rig.
“I came back the next morning and waded out to the spot behind the weed and just with a bare lead I lowered it down and bounced it around the area to see if it was clear which it was! I then attached my hinge stiff and it went down perfect. On the leader where I attached my mainline, I added a big blob of putty to make sure it was pinned down past the weed before it came directly back up where I would need to lay my line across the top of it. I got back to the bank, sat the rod on the rest and then put the bobbin on in the hope of something happening because this place does really hold some really old gems.
“Around an hour later the bobbin hit the blank, the line pinged out the clip and the tip pulled over from a savage take. The fish felt powerful putting up a good fight but, in the end, she was mine! I wasn’t sure at first which one it was until my friend who was out in waders, netted it for me said it’s got one single scale on the side of it, I couldn’t believe it. The biggest fish in the lake spawned out at 40lb 2oz, happy days!”