Darren Walklin continues telling us about his time over at Christchurch, putting his newfound love, The Krill, through its paces
Simon Kenny – Cracking Kingsmead
7th December 2018
A very proactive and forward-thinking Simon Kenny recently strung together a three-fish overnight haul during a three-night visit to RK Leisure’s Kingsmead 1.
Simon takes up the story: “The fishing has been slow on Kingsmead 1 lately, but this week I felt confident of a bite. Although I’d blanked the previous week’s session, I had managed to locate some fish by moving swims a few times, and although I didn’t see any show, I’d received numerous liners from a certain area of the lake which told me all I needed to know.
At the end of that trip I had a good lead about and found a nice firm spot in the general area where the liners where coming from, I made sure to bait this area ready for the following week. So, when my next visit came around, I dropped strait back on that area and even though no fish had been caught that weekend, I was positive that my baited area would produce.
It was late afternoon by the time my rods where out and as the sun started to set, I began to receive the odd liner before hearing one lump out just after dark. This was by far the best chance I’d had in weeks, so it’s fair to say that I went to sleep very confident.
At approximately midnight the middle rod pulled up tight, which resulted in one of the lakes smaller residents. Confident of another bite I repositioned the rod, which pulled up tight yet again just before first light and again my net was graced with another mid-double.
Whilst unhooking that fish in the net, I was alerted to a take on the left-hand rod. As you can imagine I hoped and prayed that it wouldn’t be another stocky. When I lifted into the fish, I was met with a solid resistance that slowly plodded around as it stripped line from the reel, this was no stocky.
Sure enough after a very heavy fight I was staring down at a beautiful chestnut coloured mirror, and it was big! She spun the scales round to a very pleasing 44lb 4oz. It was a fantastic feeling slipping that fish back, I really felt that I’d earnt it.
The following 2 nights passed by quietly, but I made sure to trickle some more bait in on the same area before I left. Little did I know what would be instore for me on the following trip!”
…To be Continued.