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Simon Kenny Conquering Kingsmead
13th December 2018
Following on from last week’s success, Simon Kenny has been back to Kingsmead 1 and once again worked his magic. The 35-year-old bagged himself three fish including one very large mirror!
When we caught up with Simon, this is what he told us: “After landing a 44-pounder last week, I couldn’t wait to get back to the lake, as I was sure there was a bite or two to be had!
I arrived at Kingsmead around midday on the Sunday and was delighted to see that I had the lake to myself yet again. I carried out a quick lap but with nothing to go on I dropped back into my baited swim. Having caught from here and primed it before I left last week, it seemed as good a starting point as any.
As it did last week, the first night passed by very quietly, without a single show or sign. On the Monday morning I began to get the odd liner, indicating that a bite wasn’t far away. Sure enough, as dusk arrived so did my first bite and although it was just a stocky, it meant that I was off the mark.
Not wanting to waste any time at all, I quickly returned the fish and got the rod straight back out. If my last session was anything to go by, another bite wouldn’t be too far away. Although topping up the swim might have prolonged my next bite, it still came. It would be roughly midnight when I was alerted to the middle rod screaming off, and this time it was no stocky. At 37lb 6oz my assumptions were correct, I’d not hooked a stocky, I’d landed a fish known as Bob’s Mate. Remaining consistent, the rod was recast, and the swim topped up in the hope of another take.
Just as first light rolled around the middle rod burst into life once more. The fish moved off very slowly and held its ground, typical behaviour of a big fish. The fight seamed to go on for an age and drawing the fish away from the lakebed was proving very hard. Once the fish was finally in the edge, I caught a glimpse of what looked like a very big mirror, but it wasn’t until she was in the net that I got to appreciate just how big she was.
Having identified the fish as Armageddon it dawned on me that I could have a December fifty on the mat. As expected, the scales read a very pleasing 50lb 10oz! I was absolutely blown away and my winter wishes had far been exceeded!
The final night of the session passed by without any more action, but with what I had already caught I couldn’t complain! Before leaving for work on the Wednesday morning I repeated my baiting process in preparation for my next session.”
To be continued…