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Simon Kenny Conquering Kingsmead
19th December 2018
Although his last visit to Kingsmead brought him a fifty pounder, Simon Kenny knew that there were more rewards to be reaped. However, not even Simon could have imagined what awaited him on his next session!
When we spoke to Simon about the events of his latest success, this is what he revealed: “After catching Armageddon last week, I couldn’t wait to get back to kingsmead this week. I felt especially confident having baited up before I left for work on my last session, I thought if I could get back in my area, I had a good chance of catching. I arrived at the lake around midday on the Sunday and as always, I had a stroll around lake. Luckily for me the right-hand point swim where I’d been catching from was vacant. I later found out that there had been someone fishing it over the weekend, but they hadn’t caught.
Within no time at all the rods were wrapped up to their marks and cast out, they were then closely followed with a few spombs of Manilla, it was like clockwork for me in this swim now. Throughout the night I’d heard the odd fish rolling near the area, so I knew I was in with a chance of a bite, and sure enough the left-hand rod pulled up tight just before first light.
Whilst I was playing the first fish of the session, my remaining rod on the pre-baited spot ripped off, two in the net, not a bad way to start a Monday morning! The first take resulted in the netting of a lovely 37lb 6oz linear and the second take produced me with a 17lb 8oz common.
Later that day I had another stocky just on dusk and as had been the case on all previous nights, I heard the odd fish rolling in the cover of darkness. As if it was scheduled, my next take just on first light the next morning, but funnily enough this take came from range and not my baited area.
Almost identical to the battle with Armageddon, this fish moved very slowly and had some serious weight behind its lunges. Still, the battle came to an end and as the fish rolled over the cord and into the net, I couldn’t believe how big this fish was, she was so wide!
It turned out that I had just landed Kingsmead 1’s largest resident, the Scarred Mirror, and she was well up in weight at a huge 54lb 8oz! As you can imagine I was over the moon, the scales had just revealed a new PB and I had just landed my second December 50-pounder, it was an unreal feeling for sure!”