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Persistence pays off for Robert Shanks banking a big common
23rd August 2016
Robert Shanks had been catching regularly on his Norfolk syndicate, but the bigger fish seem to have avoided capture since the spring.
Rob explains: “I had done an overnighter earlier in the week, but spent most of the day walking the lake trying to track down some of the lakes bigger residents (including big common) . After 7 hours slogging around the pit I finally found a group of fish, which included the lakes biggest Common.
I fished the night, baiting heavily hoping that it might tempt the bigger fish to feed but only managed a high double figure mirror for my efforts. I decided to return a few days later with good conditions forecast for the area and just had to hope I could get back in the swim.
On my arrival, the lake was virtually empty and the area was looking bang on, so I jumped straight in the swim hoping the fish had been feeding on the bait I’d fished over a few days previous.
The rods went out lovely and the spots felt clearer on the drop. At 11.30pm one of the rods pulled up tight, which I expected to be one of the lakes many tench, but I quickly realised I was attached to one of the lakes big commons. Once in the net, it turned out to be the lakes biggest resident and on scales the common pulled the needle round to an impressive weight of 36lb 4oz.”
Roberts impressive common fell to a Manilla Wafter fished over a bed of mixed Manilla bottom baits.