Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
Simon Kenny – A Window of Opportunity
27th November 2018
When a small window of opportunity presented itself, Simon Kenny made the most of it. During a short session on Kingsmead 1, Simon banked a pair of upper-thirty mirrors whilst using his tried and trusted tactics.
When we spoke to Simon this is what he told us: “I arrived at kingsmead 1 on the RK Leisure complex at around midday on the Sunday, the weekend anglers were in the final stages of packing up, meaning I had the lake to myself. The weekend had been slow with just one small fish caught and the lake hadn’t been fishing particularly well over the last few weeks either.
With shows few and far between its was proving difficult to pick a swim. I spent nearly the whole afternoon walking around trying to find the fish and with only half an hour of light left I saw the sign I needed. I was actually stood on the end of the wind where I felt the fish would be, but one boomed out down the far end of the lake back off the wind.
I couldn’t be sure which specific swim the fish showed in, so I set up in the Gravelly, it is a swim I know extremely well and one that I have taken numerous fish from in the past. As I was setting up another fish showed to my left, I knew I was in with a chance.
Now that we’re in the colder months, we’re permitted to use three rods on the Horton complex, so I decided to position two of my rods on my banker spot and one rod short. All three rods were armed with my trusty Hinged-Stiff rigs, which I loaded with Manilla White Ones Pop-Ups.
Once the rigs were dispatched, I introduced ten spombs of whole and chopped Cloudy Manilla glugged freebies on the long spot and just three spombs on the shorter spot. Soon after I heard another fish show out in the darkness, so as you can imagine I went to bed feeling very confident.
I awoke around midnight to the middle rod absolutely melting off and after a slow heavy fight I bundled a long leathery mirror into the net, which pulled the needle round to a pleasing 37lb 4oz, happy days! The bite had come to the spot I had two rods on, so I decided not to re-cast the rod so that I wouldn’t disturb any feeding fish. This was a good move as just half an hour later the renaming rod on that spot was away.
Again, a slow heavy fight and another big mirror in the net, this time the scales settled at 39lb 6oz. Enough even though I was confident of another bite I had no further action and didn’t see another show anywhere on the lake. It seemed to be just a small window of opportunity and luckily, I was in the right place at the right time.”