Simon Kenny – Not So Unlucky 13
16th May 2018

After an incredible 13-fish haul on RK Leisure’s Church Lake, Simon Kenny returned to the popular Horton complex where he went on to repeat his success once more.

The 34-year-old from Norfolk proceeded to land another 13 fish including five 40-pounders, topped by a 48lb 4oz mirror known as Hercules. When we caught up with Simon this is what he revealed: “As is my usual routine I arrived at Horton on Sunday it happened to be a bank holiday weekend so as expected the lake was busy. The weather had been very warm, and I soon found loads of the Church’s residents soaking up the sun in the dog bay. It’s an impressive sight watching the giants of the church on the surface. Unfortunately for me a few lads had the Bay stitched up, so I left them to it and carried on looking for somewhere to spend the night. There were a few fish visible on the Plateau, but again this swim was also taken. I eventually settled on a swim further down the bank called The One Up. I ended up doing three nights in The One Up swim and although I didn’t catch anything it was blatantly obvious that there was a lot of fish held up in-front of the Plateau swim.

As you can imagine after my previous hit from Plateau, I was very keen to drop back in. The swim was due to be vacated Wednesday morning, so I decided it was worth dropping in for the last night of my trip. As soon as the swim was mine I flicked the rods of to the exact spots I’d been so successful fishing on my previous session. With the rods out I started unloading the barrow, however I was soon interrupted by a liner that soon materialised into a screaming run. I couldn’t believe it as the baits hadn’t even been in the water for half an hour, the culprit was a lovely scaly fish known as Iris that tipped the scales at 33lb 6oz. Shortly after returning this fish my remaining rod was away, resulting in a chunky 33lb 12oz mirror known as Sumo.

With fish showing consistently and the conditions so similar to my last trip, I was confident there was some more action to come. After landing a third fish of 42lb, I decided some strings needed to be pulled so that I could extend my session. Staying until the end of the week turned out to be a very good move indeed! I went on to land a further 10 fish including my largest leather to date at 39lb1oz and three more forties; a crazy 41lb 6oz grass carp, Chips at 42lb 6oz, The Cossack at 42lb 8oz and Hercules at 48lb 4oz. The number 13 might be unlucky for some but this doesn’t seem to be the case for me lately.

My winning approach consisted of fishing at 45-yards range to a shallow plateau where I baited with both 12mm and 16mm Manilla boilies soaked in Cloudy Manilla Liquid, to this I presented matching 16mm White Ones pop-ups on Hinged-combi rigs. After each bite or once the liners started to dry up I would to the swim up with a further five spombs, which in turn kept the fish interested and the bites coming.”


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